Avoid using pesticides, herbicides & insecticides
Synthetic chemicals use in the garden kill bees, beneficial insects and soil microbes, as well as potentially having impacts on the health of your own family. There are a number of alternatives to consider, which range from garden design to organic options.
These days there are a lot of organic spays available, so ask your local gardening centre questions about natural alternatives. Organic garden sprays can be found in most garden and often include neem oil, natural pyrethrins and pine oils as key ingredients. Neem oil and pyrethrins are commonly used in natural bug sprays, while pine oils are common in organic weed killers. You can also make up your own bug sprays out of common kitchen pantry items such as chilli, garlic and liquid soap. A quick internet search will offer up a range of home made recipes for you to try!
Organic gardening methods
Organic gardening workshops & courses are another approach to managing pests. Using companion planting and including diverse plantings in your garden can greatly reduce your pest load, as can the timing of crop plantings. Bugs tend to feed on weaker plants, so ensuring your plants are well fed, watered and have ample light is also critical in reducing the pests on your garden.
To learn more, check out the ‘Grow your own food’ section for information on local organic and natural based gardening courses. The page also lists garden consultants if you feel you need some expert advice.
If you are still set on spraying…
If you’re really set on spraying using a synthetic cehmical:
Spray when plants aren’t in flower or bees aren’t present.
Spray early in the morning or at sunset to avoid insects.
Avoid spraying on wet or windy days where the spay can move to surrounding areas and casue damage in your garden.