Tell me that you don't use harsh chemical pesticides. Please. They're so unnecessary! Plants get pests for any number of reasons, generally because something is wrong with the growing conditions: too much or too little water, sickly soil, oddball weather conditions, and so on. The pests know a stressed plant from a happy one, and they make their move when a plant's defenses are down. Pests also attack soft growth, which can be a result of overwatering.
A well-planned landscape has little need for conventional pesticides, which cause pollution and health risks. Still, even in the most sustainable gardens, a plant may suffer an attack of some kind. Your first line of defense should be to evaluate growing conditions and make any necessary improvements. Then sit back and watch for positive change. More often than not, the newly healthy plant will defend itself without any further help from you.
The other cool thing that happens is that beneficial insects often move in to mop up the pests for you. If not, organic remedies are available for most pest and disease problems; you should have no trouble finding a treatment that's consistent with sustainable practices. If all else fails, take the plant out and replace it with something tougher. Visit Chapter 21 for more information on combating pests and plant diseases.
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