Natural garden management

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Keep records of seasonal problems

Being forewarned of garden problems allows the garden owner to judge the best time to take preventative action.

Keep records of when pest and disease problems occur on certain plants so that the following year you can avoid growing that particular flower or vegetable at the same time, or choose a different variety, or a different location.

Familiarise yourself with the insects and animals that normally visit your garden so you will be more aware when something unusual appears.

Pest and disease control

If alternative methods have been tried, and pests or diseases are in bad proportions, you may want to consider the following options:

  • Do nothing, the problem may disappear naturally.
  • Remove pests by hand.
  • Make alternative sprays from chilli and garlic.
  • Use registered chemicals as a last resort.

Unfamiliar pests, diseases and weeds

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) is on the lookout for animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds that could pose a threat to agriculture and the environment.

If you discover something unfamiliar please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) on Freecall No: 1800 084 881 or send a photograph by email:

Please read the sending specimens for identification article before sending specimens or samples to the Pest and Disease Information Service, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth, 6151.