Keep the good bugs as they will manage the bad ones: Lady bugs, pray mantis, nematodes and green lacewing are good bugs meaning they rid or reduce the bad ones. How do you attract beneficial insects? Many naturally exist in our garden and others can be purchased. Check out
Water in the morning: Evening watering of gardens leave gardens wet all night long. Bugs like slugs love wet, warm, dark gardens and a wet garden at night creates the perfect environment for them. Morning watering allows for adequate absorption and quick evaporations leaving gardens dry during the night helping to reduce slugs!
Keep gardens clean and weed free: Removing spent flowers, dead leaves, diseased plants and even weeds will reduce hosts for both insects and fungal diseases; a clean garden is a healthy garden.
Pay attention to air flow: Full lush gardens look nice but they are ideal locations for disease. The lack of airflow between plants locks in moisture and rot and increases environments in which diseases like black spots and mildews will grow.
Take the time to smell the roses: Regular inspections of gardens will keep you on top of insects and disease early on. If you see aphids on spirea a quick blast of water out of a high pressure nozzle will clean them off. If you see red lily beetles on Asiatic lilies pick them and squish them.
Get rid of needy plants: If you have a plant in your garden that constantly attracts insects or gets disease I say get rid of it and replace with a plant that is both disease and insect resistant.
Last solution: Insecticidal soaps and mineral oil treatments like Pure Spray Green are available and can be used both react and prevent insect issues. For more info on these go to www.pthomeandgarden.com.