- To prevent pest problems and diseases, pick healthy plants well suited to the conditions in which they’ll be growing and not subject to insect attacks and pathogens. Maintain them appropriately and inspect them on a regular basis.
- Should a problem arise, take the time to properly identify the cause: poor growing practice, pest, disease, too much sun, frost, and so on. If it’s necessary to take action, choose the control method with the least impact on health for humans and the environment. Pesticides, even those considered to be low-toxicity (like insecticidal soap), should only be used as a last resort, as they can affect the beneficial organisms. If you do use pesticides, abide by the regulations in your municipality.