Beneficial Insects & Grow Green

Grow Green
Grow Green

As you’re aspiring for the prettiest lawn on the block this season, you might want to blast those pests right out of there with chemicals and pesticides. Denise Delaney with the City Of Austin’s Grow Green Program joined us in the studio to make sure you know the difference between friend and foe. Grow Green is a gardening education program that promotes sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least-toxic way to address pest issues. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a common sense approach to managing pests. Landscapes are monitored regularly, problems properly identified, severity considered, control options evaluated; and then, selected least-toxic control(s) are implemented

Main IPM Messages

  • Accurately diagnose problems before considering any treatment
  • Use least-toxic solutions when addressing landscape problems
  • Don’t apply fertilizer or pesticides before a rain
  • Don’t kill every bug – 95% of insects are not pests
  • Use pesticides as a last resort
  • Always read and follow pesticide label instructions
  • Encourage beneficial insects

You can find more information about the Grow Green Program at the Austin Earth Day Festival, Saturday April 18th at the Browning Hangar at 4550 Mueller Blvd, 78723. Go to for more information about the festival. For more details on Grow Green


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