Workshop Description

Garden pests can be managed by using nature and its resources to strengthen the balance within your garden avoiding unnecessary chemical use.

Gardens are the natural habitat of for all types of insects – the good, the bad and the ugly. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aims to manage pests using a mixture of control methods with low impact chemical being used as a last resort. This workshop will cover how to manage pests by using Mechanical, Cultural, Biological and lastly low impact chemicals.

Workshop Duration

  • 1 ½ hours including Q&A time

What Participants Will Learn

  • How to identify common pest problems
  • Levels of action in Integrated Pest Management plan
  • The role of companion plants in managing pests
  • Common pests and controls

Topics Covered

  • An introduction to Integrated Pest Management
  • Being a detective – identifying the culprits
  • Beneficial insects vs pests
  • Using barriers and cultural strategies
  • When to consider garden chemicals
  • Using SGA’s Garden Product Guide to identify least harmful chemical solutions
  • Introduction to companion plants to help control garden pests and diseases
  • Common garden pests and control options

What is Provided by SGA

  • Presenter who will bring the presentation on a USB stick on the day
  • Class will be emailed for printing and handing out at the class

What is Provided by You

  • A suitable venue and set up for the class
  • Laptop / projector and screen for the presentation
  • Copies of notes and handouts for the class
  • Catering if desired

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