Do I Have To Use Pesticides On My Landscape?

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Do I Have To Use Pesticides On My Landscape? | The Experienced GardenerIn America, technology often moves a little faster than our awareness. For instance, companies started creating GMOs a while before we started realizing how harmful they might be. Now, the anti-GMO movement has grown pretty large.

GMOs are problematic because they’re unnatural, and any kind of artificial substance could be harmful to us. That’s also the reason why so many people refrain from using pesticide now – there’s no denying that pesticide is straight poison (that’s the reason why we use it). And wouldn’t you know it, spraying our plants and vegetables with poison might not be the healthiest thing for humans.

Pesticide use is actually already a major issue in California. As you may know, we have an enormous agricultural economy here. And when a farmer needs to decide between protecting the environment and the protecting his investment (the crops), which do you think takes priority? The result is terrible air quality, due to constant pesticide use.

So do you have to use pesticides on your own landscape?

  • No – but it will certainly make life easier

We use pesticides because they’re the quickest, easiest way to get rid of bugs. But as I said, nobody is pretending that pesticides aren’t harmful. Therefore, we focus on trying to be responsible with pesticide use, and only utilize it in small amounts.

  • What if I don’t want to use pesticide?

It might be more difficult to safeguard your plants from insects then, especially if you have vegetables in the garden. Those vegetables are going to be very enticing for bugs as well as larger pests, like rats, squirrels and raccoons.

However, there are actually several natural formulations you can use to fight off bugs. For instance, planting some mint and chili peppers alongside your vegetables will repel many insects. Additionally, garlic and garlic oil can safeguard your plants from ants, roaches and Japanese beetles.

If you’re worried about bigger critters, consider raising your vegetable garden bed off the ground. Adding a fence or chicken wire around the perimeter is also beneficial. And finally, if you like animals, consider getting an indoor-outdoor cat or dog. They’ll definitely help keep critters away, and a cat will even pick off some of the smaller ones.

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