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Scouting Tips

Scouting is a way to monitor the garden for pests, and it's a key part of any integrated pest management strategy. Start by inspecting plants for signs of pests. Even if pests themselves aren't visible, you may be able to find telltale evidence like chewed leaf edges or tiny droppings. Be sure to turn leaves over and inspect the undersides, since pests often hide there. A good scouting kit that includes a hand lens can be helpful. If you don't already have a scouting kit, it's easy to put one together. Finally, remember that scouting your garden on a regular basis is the best way to help prevent major pest problems.


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