Mitigating the effects of pesticides on plants

Pesticides are made to kill pests. But often this also harms plants and pollinators. The effects of these pesticides can cause mild to severe damage to plants. Therefore, their use needs to be controlled or reduced.

If there are no other ways to control the pest infestation, growers can still use pesticides to control the pests while minimizing the impact on the plants.

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Some signs that pesticide damage to plants is burnt and falling leaves, discoloration, and abnormal plant growth. Here are ways to reduce plant damage from harmful chemicals:

Check the labels. Each insecticide has a different purpose and target pest. Carefully reading product labels and choosing the right pesticide can kill the right pests faster. Follow the directions on the pesticide packaging and make sure the plants are properly dosed.

Use in appropriate weather. Don’t spray pesticides on windy days as the chemicals can reach and damage other plants. Putting a cover or screen between the target and nearby plants can help prevent this fall. Hot weather also increases the risk of plant damage.

Use other alternatives. As much as possible, try other pest control methods without the use of chemical components, such as biological pest control, horticultural oil, and insecticidal soaps.

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