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Keeping the bad guys in check

Helpful insects provide pollination, wage war against garden pests

A ladybug clings to a green-headed coneflower, a plant native to Virginia.
Photographer: Courtesy Jan Newton/ www.claytonvnps.org
A ladybug clings to a green-headed coneflower, a plant native to Virginia.
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Bad bugs vs. good bugs — it’s the name of the game when it comes to environmentally friendly gardening. Knowing which is which can mean a healthy, chemical-free garden as opposed to a chemically dependent garden that may get sicker as time marches on. “Not all insects are bad; in fact many are quite good, especially in the landscape,“ says Dan Nortman, a Yorktown-based extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension. “A ‘diverse landscape’ will attract ...

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