Have you ever brought your patio plants inside to protect them from the harshness of winter only to have them be covered in this insect or that? The truth is the change of environment is stressful for tropical plants. They want to be in great quality and quantity of sunlight with ample humidity. Consider setting them on a very large saucer filled with small stones to increase humidity and sprinkle a little houseplant systemic insect control to give internal protection for up to 8 weeks.
I always feel bad for a local gardener when they make the trip to buy the beautiful flowers they have seen blooming all around the neighborhood in April. If you have coveted your neighbors brilliant yellow, or stunning red displays in early spring you may be unaware of the timing of spring bulb plants. They need to be stratified (chilled) in the ground all winter so they bloom in the spring. These would include Daffodils, Tulips, Grape Hyacinths etc. Extra tip: Generous handfuls of the organic feed called Bone Meal is like a root and bloom steroid for your bulbs. Using it will make your neighbors will covet YOUR display.
One of the easiest and most environmentally friendly ways to protect your fruit trees from damaging pests is to spray the tree at the end of the season. YES the end of the season. Horticultural oil, a highly refined material, can be applied once the leaves have fallen to smother a host of pests that would normally winter over and attack next year. Cleaning up fruit and foliage from the previous season may help reduce infestation of spores wintering at the base of the plant as well.