Detective in the Garden

Gardener’s Supply has created a free interactive tool that makes it easier for gardeners to identify pest and disease problems, and determine effective, earth-friendly solutions.

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The tomato hornworm. Learn more about this foe in our Pest and Disease Detective.

Late blight was a major problem for gardeners in 2009.

The 2009 growing season presented home gardeners with some of the worst pest and disease problems in recent memory. For the most part, these troubles could be attributed to weather extremes that stressed plants and created favorable conditions for disease organisms.

Last year’s surge of new gardeners found the situation particularly challenging. Being unable to recognize the pests or identify the disease damage made it difficult to take effective action. That’s especially true for organic gardeners who prefer to avoid using broad-spectrum, chemical controls.

Though this growing season is bound to be better than the last, Gardener’s Supply has created a free interactive tool that makes it much easier for gardeners to identify pest and disease problems, and determine effective, earth-friendly solutions.

Features of the Pest and Disease Detective

  • Dozens of earth-friendly solutions
  • An A to Z directory of pests and diseases
  • Photos that help you diagnose plant problems, including a way to submit your own photos.
  • Articles on recognizing plant stress, diagnosing plant diseases and keeping animal pests out of your garden.

What’s more, if you have a pest or disease problem in your garden that isn’t answered in the Pest and Disease Detective, you can ask an expert. Call 1-888-293-0322 (M-F 8am-8pm and Sat and Sun 9am-5pm)

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