Earth Friendly Insect Control
We frequently have gardeners come to us with plants damaged by garden pests or diseases who want a remedy for the problem but have concerns over the ecological soundness of applying insect control chemicals to their home landscape. In response to consumer’s increased awareness of the interconnectedness of the biosphere, manufacturers of garden products have put research, development and marketing dollars into creating a complete line of earth-friendly garden pest and disease control products. As a result, we are pleased to be able to reassure these gardeners who come to us for assistance and offer them eco-friendly solutions for disease, weed, and insect control.
One manufacturer in particular, Bonide, has made great strides in this direction and – along with their line of more traditional garden products – now offers a complete “Garden Naturals” line. They have also devised an easy visual packaging guide to assist consumers in differentiating one line of products from the other; the traditional line displays a purple label while the Garden Naturals line displays a tan label. At Johnson’s Gardens we carry a full line of both traditional and natural products but will address only the natural products for the purposes of this article.