Organic pest control is more than just spraying organic herbicides on your weeds and organic garden pesticide/herbicide concoctions on your plants.

Organic garden pest control is about creating conditions in your garden so weeds and pests don’t cause a problem in the first place.

This strategy is more scientific, thorough and successful than the homemade organic pest control products you will find online and in books.

It’s an important topic, which is why one of the 3 main focuses of this site is “how to control insects, diseases and weeds forever without any chemicals.”

And yet, I don’t spend all that much time talking specifically about organic garden pest control because it gets taken care of when you learn how to properly care for your soil, fertilize, water, etc. – when you learn to create a healthy ecosystem in your organic garden.

But I occasionally write about it specifically, and here are my articles on organic gardening pest control…

Garden Pesticides Sign

I don’t spend much time on garden pesticides on this site because I know most of my readers are already interested in alternatives, but I thought I’d better post a few notes for the gardening newbies out there.

This article is about the downsides of garden pesticides with respect to the garden itself (the health implications for us would be an entirely different article).

When I was younger, I spent the better part of a decade maintaining a 9 hole, par 3 golf course owned by my parents. I sprayed pesticides often. The enemy on the course greens was a fungus called dollar spot. The main pesticide ingredient was chlorothalonil. It killed the fungus really well for about 7 days until I had to come back and spray more.

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How to keep dogs out of flower beds
Heather, Blue and I at our wedding, August 7th, 2010

It’s a common problem for gardeners with pets – how to keep dogs out of flower beds. And deer, and cats, and rabbits and moles and voles and on and on.

I have a few gardening tips, and what I really want to do in this blog post is say goodbye to my family dog, Blue.

He passed away last month at about 13 years old, not bad for a good-sized dog. I hadn’t spent much time with him over the last few years other than when visiting my parents, as I lived a few thousand miles away, but I’ll miss him.

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