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About Insects & Animals

You’re not the only one who enjoys your garden – critters of all shapes, sizes and leg counts do, too. While some visitors may seem creepier than others, not all insects and animals are pests to the landscape. In fact, a majority of insects and some wildlife are actually beneficial in helping your garden grow. Not only do they prey on the “bad bugs,” they reduce the need for pesticides and play an important part in Integrated Pest Management. Still, most pests aren’t easily ignored, and serious infestations need to be controlled. The articles in this section offer help in identifying various pest issues, as well as how to best control problems, from simple means (like using insecticidal soap) to more involved methods (like deer fencing). Read on – and stop what’s bugging you!

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Insect Damage & Control

They munch on foliage and lay eggs in the soil, make sticky trails in the garden and leave damaged plants behind. There’s not much to like about insect pests, but with keen observation and quick action, you can identify and control problems before they get out of control.


Beneficial Insects

Not all insects are the garden enemy. In fact, a majority are actually our gardening friends, preying on “bad bugs” and helping with pollination. Learn how to welcome native beneficial insects to your yard, including the humble (and environmentally-friendly) bee.



Animals are amazing creatures and fun to watch – as long as they’re not attacking the garden. While you can find a number of chemical deterrents on the market to stop the damage, such methods aren’t always the best choice (especially if you have children or pets playing in your yard). The articles in this section offer other options for critter control.

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