Seeds are sprouting and plants are in the ground. Now is the time to check your garden for damage caused by insects, diseases, weeds, and four-legged creatures such as rabbits and deer. Early detection can keep damage to a minimum. Identifying the culprit is the next step so best treatment can be determined. Consider various options. Careful use of chemicals requires thoughtfully chosen and properly timed application of the least toxic alternatives. Cass County ISU Extension provides assistance with identification and information.