Definition: An Integrated Pest Management method that incorporates agroforestry techniques that deliberately manipulate production systems to reduce and control pest populations.
Cultural Controls in the Forest Garden:
IPM often refers to the combination of several agroforestry techniques to reduce pest populations. Many of those techniques and principles fall under cultural control. This concept includes techniques like crop rotation, soil fertility building practices such as composting composting, or some sanitation basics
Delayed planting can also be a very successful cultural control. When planting back-to-back crops without a crop rotation system, certain types of pests will emerge from the soil just after the planting season begins. By waiting a few days, these pests will be without nourishment and leave in search for other food sources.