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What is a safe garden poison?

I am often asked if I can recommend “a really strong poison/pesticide/weedicide”. This poison needs to “kill the ants/lawn grubs/cockroaches/spiders/weeds etc that are causing problems in my garden”.  That’s fine, but then they ask for the poison to be safe for my children and pets“.

What is a safe garden poison?

Pests on plant

Normally this request is also accompanied by a desire for it to be in a single application as “I don’t have time to be spraying these insects or weeds regularly”!

Many people don’t seem to understand that for a poison or pesticide or weedicide to work as instantly and effectively as they have requested, it is usually a strong poison.

What is a safe garden poison?

Poison

By definition, this means that it is not going to be safe for their children, pets or even for themselves!

Sure we may require a bigger dose of the poison to kills us than that which we use to kill the insects. But instant death may not be the only outcome!

Many of these chemicals, like the glyphosates used to kill weeds are now being shown to cause cancers in humans.

What is a safe garden poison?

Poison

And yet people continue to want to poison themselves and the earth! Just to get rid of an insect that might even be doing good!

This week I spoke to a gardener who was trying to eradicate the microwasps hovering above their lawns. They were sure that these wasps were the reason for their dead lawn. In fact, the wasps were busily killing the lawn grubs that had caused the damage! Although I treid to explain this, the person still wanted to poison the wasps!

What is a safe garden poison?

Praying Mantis egg sack

As you can probably guess, the answer to the question of whether I can recommend a strong poison that is safe is always NO! I cannot recommend a strong poison that will kill insects and weeds and not have the potential to affect children or pets.

In fact, as many of my regular readers will know, I am a big fan of helping mother nature do the job of sorting out troublesome pests in my garden. I have found that she often has a safe and effective solution that does not require me to spray any insects or use any poisons.

Not only that, by not spraying I have been happy to welcome natural pest killers into my garden. Like the praying mantis egg sack above and the green frog below in my garden!

What is a safe garden poison?

Green tree frog

Happy gardening

Rohanne, Your Personal Garden Expert

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