Garden pests are one of the biggest problems faced by gardeners nowadays. When it comes to gardening then the biggest role is played by nature. But you gotta admit that if there is a good side for something then there is also a bad one for that same thing from the same source as nothing is perfect. If nature plays its role well then your garden will bloom like anything but if it doesn’t then the whole of your efforts are a total waste.
Obviously, there is no way a man can keep nature out of this process. All he is capable of doing is to put in his best efforts to bring in a balance between the good and the bad side of it so that an optimum result can be attained. Well, most of the things of nature are on the good side for gardening but some are the bad ones and the biggest of them is garden pests.
Well, most of the things of nature are on the good side for gardening but some are the bad ones and the biggest of them is garden pests.
As the name suggests, garden pests are those insects which are harmful to your garden and they completely ruin your plants if are not dealt with. There are a lot of ways to deal with garden pests but out of them “Integrated Pest Management System (IPM)” is considered to be the best one.
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management or IPM revolves around the idea that “prevention is better than cure”. For a normal person, IPM may sound to be a technical gardening term which in fact it is but the meaning behind it is quite simple.
IPM was initially developed for the large-scale agricultural use so that high costs of artificial pest controllers can be cut down however soon it was also adopted for normal gardening because of its tremendous results.
IPM is a completely organic way of dealing with the garden pest problem and there is no use of any insecticide or pesticide in it. It focuses on 5 major principles:
The aim of this pest control system is to get rid of the garden pests with the most economical ways. Thus, a large part of it is focused on the prevention of happening of a certain event and in this case, it is garden pests. If garden pests do not tend to occur then there will be no further need of controlling it.
For achieving this various natural and organic techniques are applied to control garden pests before actually planting and growing anything in the garden.
However, if garden pests do occur then in order to deal with them IPM focuses on a simple process. It includes setting up basic control standards beyond which an action should be taken to control the problem. These control standards vary site to site based on the area and other features of the site.
Continuous observation is highly crucial in order to determine if the certain control standards have actually been surpassed and to what extent have they been surpassed. This is where monitoring comes into play. Monitoring and Analyzing are broken into identification and inspection. It deals with what type of garden pest problem has arisen and what are the complications and predicted future results of it. Based on the observations and results, aptly fit control techniques are applied to treat the problem.
Benefits Of Using IPM
- The use of insecticides and pesticides comes at a great cost especially if the covered area is large. IPM, on the other hand, is a very affordable way to treat the garden pest problem effectively and efficiently.
- IPM helps in minimizing the risk of uncertainties and minimizes the probability of failures due to natural reasons by setting up a proper system of prevention of such causes.
- Unlike many other garden pest control systems, IPM is not at all hazardous to health and has an almost negligible effect on the health of crops as well.
- It also provides a way to get rid of the bad insects only and keeping the good insects for ensuring a healthy harvest.
Integrated Pest Management has a lot of benefits and is proven to provide superior results but it suffers from one major limitation. But, to be able to use this pest control system, it is highly essential for a gardener to have a high technical knowledge about gardening as well as garden pests. Only then a gardener will be able to apply this method effectively otherwise, he will tend to make a lot of mistakes. So, it might not be the best option for a gardening beginner to control pests in his/her garden.
So, it might not be the best option for a gardening beginner to control pests in his/her garden.
But, we may be wrong here (LOL!). Let us know about what your experience been with this system in the comments section below 🙂