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Biological Control: Nature’s Pest Solution for Gardens and Landscapes

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Thu, Jun, 06, 2013 @ 17:06 PM

corona tools treechatHow many times have you seen pests feeding on your trees, veggies or shrubs and think what’s the quickest way to deal with them?  Do you run to your local garden center for a magical pesticide that promises to help rid you of your new-found pest?

Well believe it or not, long before the invention of those solutions, nature had its own way of dealing with pest control in the form of the good old fashioned food chain.  Or a more technical term, biologic control (BC), where it’s survival of the fittest!

Practical Uses for Biological Control

Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, @BartlettTreeExperts, Don Booth Ph.D. and entomologist, for another great topic on #treechat.  Don will be stepping out of the research lab to share some practical uses and tips for managing pests in landscapes and gardens. The live chat begins 6/11/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include; 

Practical Uses - Discover how biological control can be an effective method for managing tree damaging pests

Planning and Integration - Learning how to identify & protect naturally occurring biological control species and releasing commercially available beneficial predators & parasites

Nature's Method - Exploring plant diversity & reduced use of pesticides to increase populations of naturally occurring biological control

Integrated Pest Management - Discussing how regular pest management visits on a property is a proven method of improving biological control

Participating on Treechat

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Have questions about practical uses for biological control? Ask Don before the live chat so he can provide you with the information and resources during the live chat. If you would like to submit a question before the chat, please leave it in the comments below or tweet it to @Coronatools prior the live chat. He will also be available to answer your questions during the live event are always encouraged.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about biological control in your gardens and landscapes and connect one-on-one with the experts.  We hope you will join us however if you do miss the chat, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! Have an opinion already about the topic?  Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Beetle feeding on gypsy moth photo courtesy of Bartlett Tree Experts

Topics: #treechat, tree care, landscape, Corona Tools

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