2. Check your garden frequently
“Having the gardener out there among her plants, looking closely at what’s going on…is huge when it comes to preventing pest problems,” Pleasant says.
By taking a brief stroll through your plot at least once a day, you’ll begin to notice the “who’s-who” of garden critters. Insects like lady bugs, bees and butterflies will become commonplace, while harmful aphids and crop-dwelling beetles will stick out like sore thumbs.
Pleasant, who takes a leisurely walk through her garden a few times each day, notes that pest problems often don’t take long to develop. So, spotting trouble early can be the difference between a brief outbreak and an utter infestation, she explains.
“If you do have a pest outbreak, most plants can tolerate some damage,” Pleasant says, adding that when caught early, most pest problems won’t detrimentally affect your garden at all.