Author(s): Bill Brett
In recent years home gardeners have become increasingly concerned about the use of pesticides. Unfortunately this concern has been exacerbated by many garden journalists and authors who have promulgated misleading and sometimes totally erroneous information about pests and diseases in general, and pesticides in particular. Added to this has been the decline in knowledge of pest & disease control of some garden retail staff. This manual sets out the facts so that garden writers, garden retail staff and gardeners alike can reference information that will allow them to make the best choice of prevention or product for their circumstances. The manual sets out:
* identification of pests and diseases
* The significance of the pest or disease to the home gardener.
* How to minimise the problem through scientifically proven cultural practice.
* If pesticide treatment is necessary, which pesticide best suits the gardeners' needs, is of low toxicity, environmentally friendly, fit for purpose, and best value for money.
The manual covers full details of all registerefd pesticides (and a few unregistered) available to the home gardener and recommends the most cost effective, low toxicity, low environmental impact products, taking into account the registration status and legally approved uses of all pesticides, including organic.
The manual also covers legal obligations of retailers and users of pesticides.
Written by an experienced horticulturist with a sensitivity to the concerns and motivations of gardeners throughout New Zealand, Bill Brett’s new book will be the standard reference for all gardeners who wish to improve their knowledge in this important aspect of their hobby or vocation. Philip Yates ONZM D.Sc FNZIM
At last a fully comprehensive guide for growing and managing all manner of garden plants and vegetables in NZ. I have known Bill for many years and his knowledge of pests and diseases and how to manage them effectively is unrivalled in NZ. As a keen gardener myself, and Garden Centre owner, this book will be an invaluable tool — completely up-to-date with access to any future additions; this will be the only gardening guide I need. Gillian Thrum, Green Door Garden Centre, Havelock North
I have known Bill Brett for many years as a mentor, colleague and friend and am thrilled that he has chosen to share his extensive knowledge in this book.
Bill has taken the scientific and analytical information that can often be complex and confusing and has translated it into a useful, helpful, must-have resource for anyone who cares about the safe and effective use of pesticides.
I am delighted that he has put into print his years of experience and knowledge for all of us to access. Lance Bills (B. Hort), Harrisons Gardenworld, Past President Nursery & Garden Association of New Zealand