With spring here, the prudent home gardener has several tasks facinghim.
Following these guidelines can help reduce insect and disease problems later.
Handpick bagworm bags from evergreen shrubs now through early June. These bags contain eggs laid last summer which will hatch into this year's hungry caterpillars. Insecticide sprays now will not affect the eggs in their protective silken bags.
Clean up dead plant debris from around flower and shrub beds. Many insect pests and disease organisms winter over in plant trash. Removing these pests from around the host plant will help break the cycle and reduce the need for chemical sprays.