Pests and Weeds
Solving pest problems
UC Master Gardeners recommend an integrated approach to solving pest problems by minimizing pesticides and using techniques found in nature. This scientific, comprehensive approach is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Every gardener knows weeds -- uninvited plants that interfere with land and water resources, are unattractive or unwanted, or just get in the way. A distinct group of weeds that occur in natural habitats are classified as invasive plants and can cause significant damage.
- The California Invasive Plant Council in Berkeley maintains an inventory list of invasive species (including invasive weeds) and funds eradication projects. Before planting, check the list:
Pest or Guest?
Even a small garden can play a big part in supporting our ecosystem. Be a good host for your insect guests and let nature work for you. Select host plants for caterpillars to eat and pollinator plants to feed the adults.