Insects are often thought of as pests. Did you know that only 6% of all insects are actually classified as pests? The rest are beneficial to the environment and to your landscape. Ladybugs are not just beautiful in appearance; they eat aphids that make yellow stippling marks on your Japanese Andromeda as well as mealy bugs, leaf hoppers and other destructive soft-bodied pests. Each garden pest does have its own natural enemy and many can be treated simply by knowing what that enemy is and whether or not it is present in your garden.
Protecting your Landscape from insects is not always spraying a pesticide to “cure” the problem at hand. The best way to manage pest control in your garden is to monitor for insects during the correct time of the year. With monthly or bi-monthly monitoring, you will save money and help your plants and the environment around you.
Northeast Nursery, our parent company, worked with Robert Childs and the UMass Extension at UMass Amherst to put together these great month to month pest control guides which detail the plants, the pests, and the action or product you may need to take to protect and prevent insects from taking over your landscape. Simply click on your desired timeframe below!