Throughout this course, you'll develop a customized Action Plan for dealing with insect pest that are living in your garden. This Action Plan will help you determine what insects call your yard or garden home, if they're actually causing harm, and how and when to take action.
Plus, you'll learn that there are lots of alternatives to pesticides that can lead to long-term benefits for you, your garden, and the animals that share our outdoor space. We'll also cover:
Wondering what this course is all about? Then make sure you watch the introduction! You'll learn:
Did you know that there's a thriving, active community in your yard? There is, and it's full of plants and animals trying to survive and thrive.
Are pesticides good or bad? In this lesson, we'll step back from the "good or bad" arguments and look at:
Throughout this course, I’ll be referencing an Action Plan. This is a personalized pest control plan, one that you should be able to create after completing the course.
Welcome to Section 2! In the introduction, we'll talk about:
It's important to understand that while some insects are pests, others are very, very beneficial to us!
A bug ISN'T just a bug, and before you can effectively control the pests, it's smart to understand some basics.
If you want your pest control efforts to work, you need to understand the fascinating changes insects undergo as they mature.
Oh, invasives. This group of insects demands specialized control methods, and can cause gardeners and homeowners massive headaches.
Accurate identification is crucial, and the first step in IPM. So, in the introduction you'll:
Some helpful tools that can help you identify insects.
Identifying insects can seem overwhelming, which is why this lesson we'll cover:
If you're struggling with an ID, these resources can help!
It's time to go outside and see which insects call your yard or garden home! In the introduction to this section, we'll cover:
Knowing which kinds of insects are common in your area will give you a big advantage when you start to monitor your yard or garden. So, we'll be talking about:
Just because an insect might be common in the city, town, or general area where you live. . .doesn't mean that it's actually in your yard or garden.
Knowing WHERE insects live in your yard or garden is really important, and can tell you a lot about if they're going to be a problem or not!
Bugs aren't statues! Their populations are constantly increasing and decreasing depending on many, many factors.
Recommended methods for safely and effectively monitoring your yard for insects.
There are many, many ways to keep records of the insects you find in your yard or garden! Here are some suggestions so that you can pick one (or two or three) that work best for you.
At some point, if a pest is causing damage, you need to take action and start using control methods.
When it comes to pest control, you have options! There are a variety of methods that will help you in the fight against the "bad" bugs.
Our attitudes toward insects play a role in the pest control methods we use, and even the effectiveness of our efforts.
Creating a garden or yard that's designed to encourage a healthy ecosystem is an extremely effective control method! But, it's also one of the least utilized.
Even though there's an ick factor to it, removing insects (or infested plant parts) by hand can be a very effective control method!
The best kind of insect pest control? When you let OTHER insects do the work for you! Beneficial predators and parasites are an important control method that you encourage.
The final level in IPM involves using pesticides to control insects. This is a complicated issue, so this lesson will cover:
Evaluating your control methods and figuring out if they worked is one of the most important steps in any pest control action plan.
What happens if your control methods didn't work? You have to repeat them, or find a new solution!
I designed my first garden when I was 8 years old, using crayons, graph paper, and several of my dad's seed catalogs. Once I grew up, I decided to get serious about my hobby and earned a degree in landscape design!
Now I own my own company, LK Landscape Design, where I focus on beauty, functionality, and sustainability in both my design and maintenance services. My goal is to create spaces that fit a client's lifestyle, but that also provide food and shelter for neighborhood wildlife.