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Solarization, a Green Way to Control Pests

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LSU AgCenter
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The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to use controlling soil-borne pests in the vegetable garden.

Through solarization, intense summer sunlight can be used to control pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."