3Monitoring and Collecting Good Garden Bugs

With all of the interesting natural enemies foraging within your home garden, it’s helpful to have a few simple tools on hand that allow you to take a closer look. Carefully inspecting plants is the easiest way to scan your home landscape for natural enemies at work. If you want to find the greatest diversity of species, inspect your plants at various times throughout the day and evening, keeping in mind that you are likely to find less activity during the hottest hours. In addition to looking at open leaves and stems, look for possible hiding spots natural enemies might use, such as the shelter of a leaf that has not yet unfurled or underneath a developing squash fruit, nestled in straw mulch. It ...

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