Nature’s Pest Management Tool Kit: Win/Win For Gardener & Environment

Nature’s Pest Management Tool Kit: Win/Win For Gardener & Environment

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Pest management practices to implement in your garden that have positive impacts on the environment
  • The link between your garden and its local environment
  • How to make more informed pest management choices

Description

This is the second in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) focusing on how gardeners can benefit the environment surrounding their gardens.

A garden is not an island. All gardens are integrally linked with their surrounding environments and the local flora and fauna species they host. The design of our gardening spaces, the green infrastructure they contain and our ongoing gardening practices critically affect life within the environment.

Join in a discussion on how a gardener’s pest management choices affect the surrounding flora and fauna. Learn about pest management approaches that work with natures’ resources and  strengthen the balance within the ecosystem whilst avoiding chemical pollution in your back yard.

Speakers:

  • Denis Crawford - Author of  recently published book 'Garden Pests, Diseases & Good Bugs: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide for Australian Gardeners. A regular contributor to Gardening Australia magazine and Hort Journal Australia and writer of the blog oneminutebugs.com.au
  • Angelica Cameron - Entomologist, IPM Technologies
  • Angelo Eliades - Presenter, trainer and writer in the areas of sustainable gardening and permaculture. Runs Deep Green Permaculture

Post Forum Summary:

Nature has developed subtle but effective pest management strategies. A gardener can use these methods by observing and encouraging nature to create a balance of pests and predator. Whilst the use of chemicals may sometimes be required, they should be a last line of attack as most (even organic / home brew recipes) are broad-spectrum and don’t differentiate between killing pests or beneficial insects. They often destroy any chance of developing a balanced system of insects in the garden.

A diversity of herbs and flowers as companion plants can create habitat and food supplies for beneficial insects, repel pests, suppress diseases, provide decoys and mask the shapes and scents of our prized plants, thereby protecting them. Providing habitat and food sources for insects allows a more balanced and diverse insect population to thrive. This includes predatory insects that can manage small outbreaks of garden pests before they get out of control.

Key Messages

  • Use companion plants
  • Encourage beneficial insects by providing habitat and food
  • Before using any chemicals for pest management, ask whether they are really needed and is the damage only cosmetic
  • Consider the unintended impacts of using chemicals on beneficial insects.
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