National Pesticide Information Center



Garden IPM

When you have a home garden, you're growing a food supply for pests and people alike. Watch out for pests that can damage your garden including bugs, diseases, animals and weeds. If you already have an identified pest problem, these fact sheets may be helpful.

Using IPM techniques can reduce the need for pesticides in the long term. To prevent future pest problems, consider taking some proactive steps to pest-proof your garden:

  • Select the right plants for the location; consider their needs for water and sun.
  • Select disease-resistant varieties when certain diseases keep coming back.
  • Water plants at ground level; wet leaves are more susceptible to disease.
  • Remove dead plant material before spring; it can harbor diseases.
  • Consider testing the soil for nutrients and minerals to plan fertilizer needs.
  • Proper care and watering will produce healthier plants, which are better at resisting diseases and tolerating insects.
  • Inspect your plants regularly in order to detect problems early.
  • Consider asking a master gardener for help identifying and managing pests.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated February 19, 2016