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What about the Aphids?

As the garden comes into bloom in early Spring you’ll start to see those foolhardy aphids become attracted to the fresh juicy saplings the plants and shrubs have to offer. For many gardeners taking pride in their growth the sight of aphids can seem devastating and the instant reaction is to get rid of them. Out come the chemicals and the harsh reality for the aphid population is death by firing squad, but is this a big mistake?

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An Eternal Issue

Throughout the warmer months of the year if there’s one certainty in your garden it’s that aphids will be there for some or all of the period. Those first arrivals will start laying eggs early on in the season. Later on in the warm season aphids will continue to be blown into your localised ecosystem.

The Ecosystem Relies on Aphids

Aphids themselves provide a vital source of food for many other insects that arrive during the summer, playing their own part in the circle of life. Ladybirds and lacewing larva for example both enjoy a three course aphid special when they are out to dine. The ladybirds in particular provide more attractive inhabitants that won’t deliver anything like the same type of harm to your precious flora.

Don’t Fall into the Trap

Should you decide to head straight into a mass killing spree of aphids at the start of Spring, once the first few are seen in an attempt to stamp out the problem before it begins, it could be the biggest mistake you make.

It’s a certainty that shortly after the aphids are destroyed you’ll get the arrival of the ladybirds into the garden. However, with nothing to gorge upon your red and black winged friends will quickly make their way to pastures new to find aphids to eat. Later on in the year it should be no surprise when the aphids come back.

What to do about Aphids

Instead of taking the chemicals to the aphids focus in on a strategy of integrated pest control. Accepting that some aphids are inevitable means you can attract the insects which will control their numbers and in turn control your plant growth. Plants that are tough enough to withstand aphids may be a better choice for your garden, or regular spraying with water may be enough to keep numbers down. Whatever you do, the last thing we’d advise is taking harsh chemicals to the foliage.

If you want a natural and effective solution against damage check out the Grazers G3 formula, perfect for the garden.

 

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

If you know our product, or you know us personally then you’ll know that our team at Grazers value the world around us. Garden, crops, plants should be nurtured and allowed to flourish but not at the expense of the ecosystem. That’s why the Grazers formula has been developed against damage from insects and animals without actually killing anything. We, as I’m sure you, regularly read articles and see news stories of other treatments that may well prevent damage but the consequences of their work can have far reaching implications.

What is IPM?

IPM is better known as Integrated Pest Management and is a technique for managing and plants and crops whilst minimising the impact on the ecosystem around it. Its origins lie in commercial standard growing however at Grazers we like to apply the same methodology to controlling the ecosystem a garden. Why? Well, because it’s the right thing to do and we think many of our customers would agree.

What does IPM do?

IPM means developing the environment so that killing of pests is minimised where possible and the environment is adapted to prevent pests from flourishing. In a sense they’d have to find another location to prosper within. For example, reviewing spacing between plants or filling cracks in walls may prevent certain pests from flourishing in the garden.

Principles

In a simple step by step process IPM can work effectively when you have a good understanding of your garden and the type of pests it is attracting.

The first step is to identify the types of pest and understand which plants they are attacking. Once this has been done you can set about researching and implementing ways in which to prevent and control the pests in future. It may be as simple as growing a small bunch of wildflowers in part of the garden to attract bees which in turn will keep other plant damaging pests at bay.

Whatever your methodology we truly believe in the importance of having a garden that protects as much of the ecosystem as is possible. Over time we’ll be sharing more thoughts on how to go about this and promoting the fact that Grazers Formula fits perfectly with any grower who values the ecosystems and wants to allow both plants and other aspects of nature to thrive.