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With the warmer temperatures here, many Canadians are spending more time outdoors working on the yard. Unfortunately, a common problem in many garden ...

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Eco-friendly pest control

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(NC)-With the warmer temperatures here, many Canadians are spending more time outdoors working on the yard. Unfortunately, a common problem in many gardens is weed and insect infestations. Not only is it important to know how to effectively treat your garden to keep it pest and disease free, it is also becoming increasingly more important to find alternatives to traditional chemical practices. To care for a healthier garden all summer long, the lawn and garden team at Canadian Tire has the following integrated pest control steps and techniques.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management is an environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. It is a series of steps and techniques to effectively control and maintain pests at an acceptable level using non-chemical or biological practices.

Tips to Pest Prevention

• Add good soil with ample depth and organic matter for nutrition

• Improve drainage in wet areas and/or replace lawns with other types of landscaping

• Check lawns and gardens regularly for first signs of insect, weed and plant disease. Unfortunately, many of the stages of pest disease occur below the surface of the lawn, which can be difficult to monitor. However, you can look for signs such as brown spots or already dead or dying patches of lawn that pull up easily for signs of disease

• Remove diseased leaves, plants and branches to eliminate rotting organic matter. Choose an ergonomic product such as Fiskars telescopic stand up weeder to help protect your back

Use Reduced-Risk Solutions

• If preventive and mechanical approaches to solving a pest problem have been unsuccessful, consider using a reduced-risk pest control product first

• Look for the bylaw friendly logo to find reduced-risk products

Use Pest Control Products when necessary

• Before resorting to using a pesticide, consider all your alternatives such as physical methods like hand weeding, before resorting to chemical solutions

• Correct timing of a pesticide application is essential for effective control and to ensure the least amount necessary for control is used

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