A USDA Forest Service professional applies a pesticide along a forest's edge.

Pests and competing vegetation steal from your woods. By using up precious nutrients, water and other resources, they slow the growth of your trees and choke out healthy plant and animal diversity, leaving your forest—and your legacy—at risk. It is, therefore, important to monitor your woods for pests and deal with issues as soon as they arise.

In the long term, Integrated Pest Management is the best way to handle pests and keep your woods healthy. But sometimes studying pests and using cultural, mechanical and biological means to oust them may not be enough; you may still have a problem. In those situations, chemical control is the only way.

Pesticides, a category of chemicals that also includes herbicides, can protect your woods effectively and safely. Our guide will show you how to


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