Controlling weeds and pests
Weeds and pests are the bane of farming life. Arming yourself with some basic information can help you manage them and stay sane. The key lies in building more resilient pastures and an integrated approach to pest management.
Getting this right is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. There’s no single (or easy) solution except for chipping away at the problem from different angles to gradually help you to realise the greatest potential without relying on one strategy like the use of chemicals alone.
An example of the problem we face can be found with a pair of native pests, the black-headed cockchafer and the red-headed cockchafer. The former can be easily controlled with a pesticide, while the latter cannot as it feeds safely underground. Knowing which of the pests is at hand (by the type of damage they do) can save you considerable time in wasted effort and allow you to focus on other avenues of control.