Photos from left: Praying mantis, lady beetle, cabbage moth, Japanese beetle
Pests really can take the fun out of gardening, but using pesticides isn't always an option either, especially when you want youngsters to touch plants and taste right off the vine. That's why many gardeners rely on Integrated Pest Management methods to keep pests in check.
The goal of IPM is to prevent pest infestations from happening in the first place. Here are some ways to reduce the likelihood of pests:
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