While there are many insects that create problems in our gardens, there are far more insect allies. Flowers depend on bees, flies, and some moths for pollination. Many predatory insects such as ladybugs eat pest insects such as aphids. Many species are important in helping garden materials to compost. You can plant varieties that will attract beneficial insects to your garden or order them and relsease them in problem areas.

Tip: Resist the temptation to cut down hollow stems such as hollyhocks, delphiniums, meadow rue, lovage, fennel, etc. Adult ladybugs overwinter in the long tunnels, ensuring their presence in your garden in the Spring.