“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
The use of native plant materials in landscapes is becoming the default selection for many gardeners and is a strong area of horticultural interest and business growth. Many growers, garden centers, and installers rely on their sales of native plants to bolster their business.
Concurrent with the interest and enthusiasm for native plants, often there are questions about the use of pesticides on them. Unfortunately these questions may put many responsible growers and retailers in a defensive posture as there may be industry regulations or state laws that mandate producing or selling plants that are pest free. This situation may also be complicated by the desire to sell or buy only those plants that are cosmetically free of insect or disease damage. Producing plants that comply with laws and regulations and that are free of blemishes may require the use of pesticides.
Download our Pesticide Usage and Native Plant Production flyer to learn more about pesticide use.