newbee pest control help

Glo407November 7, 2013

Neighbors and I are starting a joint vegetable & flower garden in early spring 2014 and have pest control questions. 1) Which is best to use for insect pest control - Neem oil or lady bugs? (2) When are either one added to your garden - at the beginning of plant growth or when you see a problem developing?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zzackey(8b GA)

Ladybugs will fly away. i never used Neem. I've read that it is good. I do IPM. I try to check my plants daily and hand squish any bugs I see. Gloves would be good to use for stink bugs. They are sharp for me to touch. I try to carry my pruning shears to cut caterpillars in half. I know it sounds gross, but after seeing the damage they can do to your plants, you might understand.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 5:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Dear Zackey - what's IPM? Does that signify the procedure you are describing? Thank you for responding to our post.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 4:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zzackey(8b GA)

Sorry I didn't tell you before. Integrated Pest Management. You start with hand picking and organic sprays,traps, BT for caterpillars,(trying to attract beneficial insects with the proper plants-that's my idea. I don't know if the Univ. of Florida mentions that in their IPM program). If they get really out of control you use chemicals. I don't use chemicals on my food crops. It destroys the reason I grow my own food. If I want to eat chemicals I can just buy produce at the store.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 4:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
zzackey(8b GA)

There is an IPM forum on Gardenweb.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 6:25PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help with my cilantro microgreens
Please excuse me as I couldn't find a forum just for...
Desert gardening?
I'm moving to a desert climate pretty soon and do not...
Protecting your garden
I have a question to ask of you gardeners, especially...
Help make my backyard not smell
This may not be the right forum, Please let me know...
Planting Schedule
Our new neighborhood garden is located in Southern...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™