Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc

Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/26/2016

house from grassThe majority of Americans want to live in a manner that protects the environment and leaves the world a better place for our grandchildren. But, “Do you practice what you preach?" Practice Eco-Friendly Stewardship There are many ways that we can incorporate sound environmental stewardship into our lifestyle and use organic gardening methods in the home landscape. By eliminating synthetic chemical products from your gardening practices, you can create a safe and biodynamic home garden. Organic Pest Control While synthetic chemicals are quicker, using organic pest control methods to manage pests in the home landscape are less toxic and damaging to the environment. If at all possible, use the least toxic means first before resorting to noxious chemical pesticides. Natural and effective pest control starts with creating a healthy environment for your plants, shrubs and trees that invites beneficial insects and birds to the garden to do the job of pest control for you. As an example, ladybugs, which can be purchased online or from a local garden nursery, when released into the garden are an effective control for aphids. Microbial insecticides, such as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), also available online or from local home and garden supply stores, causes insects pests to sicken and die without being toxic to people or pets. Bt is a popular choice of experienced organic gardeners who use the product to control worm larvae from cutworms. Always follow package directions for safe and convenient application. Although not as fast acting as a chemical poison, Bt paralyzes the larvae’s digestive system, and the pests are history in a couple of days. Yellow sticky tape is an inexpensive and effective method of controlling flying insects such as gnats, black flies and mosquitos in the greenhouse, indoors and around the patio. A product made from the fossilized silica shells of algae, diatomaceous earth is composed of microscopic bits of shell covered with sharp projections that penetrate and cut the cuticle of an insect, causing the pest to leak body fluids and die. Diatomaceous earth is not a poison: the physical abrasiveness of the dust does the job. DE is effective against all soft-bodied insects including caterpillars, aphids, whiteflies, root maggots, trips, snails, and slugs. Use DE with caution as the product is non-selective and can kill beneficial insects as well. Organic Fertilizers On a visit to your local hardware store or home and garden supply, you will likely find the shelves fully stocked with a diverse array of chemical fertilizers guaranteed to encourage rapid growth and dense foliage. Read the fine print on the packages. Do you want to apply a chemical poison that requires the safeguards and cautions listed on the warning label? Rather than introduce toxins into your home environment, opt for fertilizing your garden plots with a twice-yearly application of well-aged garden compost or organic herbivore manure (cow, horse, sheep, goat).

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