Last year the scale insect destroyed my cucumbers. Would it be wise to spray that small garden spot before plant this spring?
Scale Insect Control
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Neem Oil is a good, organic treatment against Scale. Neem Oil is safe for people, pets and Bees.
Here is a link with information.
Here is a link to refresh you on the growing requirements for Cucumbers.
Companion planting can also benefit Cucumbers.
Here is an article you may find helpful.
I wouldn't, unnecessary pesticides are not good for your garden; it is part of the reason some pests are so hard to get rid of sometimes - they develop a resistance to the chemicals, which makes them harder to eliminate - I know it is a matter of choice - just offering my opinion. :) To help avoid recurring pests, practice crop rotation, ie do not plant any plants that belong to the same family in the same or nearby spots, it's not a guarantee, but it does help significantly. Also, look into trying to find a cucumber variety that is resistant to scale - normally this means you will have to order online, generally the seeds and plants available in local home depots and nurseries are limited to 2 or 3 varieties, and often there is not any additional information available to the consumer, other than the name and planting dates. If you can find a good supplier for the region you live in, it can be a huge help to your gardening success. They usually have quite a bit of information available to help you select varieties by the characteristics that might matter to you/your area, such as resistance to certain insects or plant diseases, size of mature plants, that sort of thing. Good luck to you!