non-pesticide products - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by hamerfamily
June 30, 2010
We have a Parkinson's patient in the fanily and need to avoid all pesticides. Please point us to all products/recommendations that do not have any pesticides in them for (a) insect control, and (b) lawn care and greening. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Avoiding pesticides is easy - don't spray anything except plain water on your plants or lawn. A strong spray of water can dislodge insect pests and while they may return, they won't be feeding until they get back up on your plants. There is a balance of beneficial and destructive pests in nature. If we are patient, beneficial insects will come to our rescue when the population of destructive pests gets large. An example - when aphid populations grow large, ladybugs migrate to the area. They, and their offspring, feed on aphids and can control the aphid population in a number of days. When the aphids are gone, the ladybugs move to other gardens where aphids are numerous. There are lots of other predatory insects that will lend a hand in the garden if we just give them the opportunity. You can hand pick beetles or other large insects if they are bothering your plants and you can hose off any other insects when you see them. So, using pesticides isn't all that necessary. Same with lawns. Feeding, mowing and watering on a regular basis will keep it healthy and as insect free as it can naturally be. Best wishes with your landscape.

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