Grono’s Pesticide Guide
Pesticides are used by people all around the world. They’re used by farmers to protect their livelihoods from bugs, and they’re also used by homeowners to keep the weeds at bay. While, when used correctly, pesticides can be a positive tool, they also have a bad side, too.
A pesticide is any material that is used to prevent, control, repel, or even kill pests. Pesticides can be natural, organic, or synthetic. Pesticide is often used as an umbrella term which includes insect killers, weed killers, fungus killers, and even solutions used to kill rodents.
If you’re considering using a pesticide, there are some important questions that you should ask yourself first.
- Are pests the real cause of your problem? In some cases, people rush to use pesticides when it is not the root cause of their gardening problems. Damage can be caused by other factors, including poor irrigation, bad reactions to herbicides, and physical damage caused by the weather or other humans.
- How large scale is the problem? If you do identify pests as the root cause of the damage to your garden, you need to assess the number of pests and whether using a pesticide is worth it. If you have one or two caterpillars on a plant, a pesticide will probably do more harm than good. However, if you have a full infestation of pests that are damaging produce, for instance, then a pesticide might be the only answer.
- Is there something else that might work? Before reaching for the pesticides, you should consider all other options. Could changes in your gardening routine help to repel the pests? Could replanting hardier varieties be the key to ridding your garden? Only once you’ve explored all other avenues should you really use a pesticide.
If you have made the decision to use a pesticide, make sure you are using the correct type for your problem. Unnecessary use of incorrect pesticides can simply add to the damage in your garden, and is potentially dangerous for the environment. Run through this list when choosing a pesticide:
- DO ensure the plant you need to treat is listed on the label.
- DON’T use a pesticide intended for ornamental plants on plants you intend to eat.
- DON’T use pesticides labelled for outdoor use on indoor plants.
- DO make sure that the label states the plant you are treating won’t be injured by the pesticide.
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