Book - Garden Pest & Disease Control

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The release of Bill Brett’s book on pest & disease control is timely, following some significant rationalisation of the home garden pesticide range, (withdrawals of OPC’s), the release of improved biologicals, and significant formulation improvement of some products. This has brought about a greater focus on ‘integrated control’ – using all the tools available especially the science based prevention methods.

The book covers all aspects of pest and disease control –

  • Identification – the largest range of garden problems published in a NZ book, described in detail and illustrated with some 240 photos.
  • All science proven methods of prevention
  • A detailed description of all pests and diseases commonly found in NZ gardens.
  • A description of all proven science based cultural practices to prevent pests & diseases
  • A detailed description of all brands of all pesticides distributed in NZ
  • Legislation covering pesticides and obligation of suppliers, retailers, and users
  • Quick reference charts - star rated comparison of cost effectiveness of all products approved for each vegetable, fruit, and ornamental group.
    • By each host plant – each vegetable, each fruit, and each group of ornamentals
    • By product
    • By pest or disease
    • Science proven organic options
    • Withholding periods for each product on each vegetable and fruit
    • Compatibility chart
    • Preferred product for each crop including organic option
    • Spray programmes for applicable crops including organic option
    • Weed control by situation and weed.

380 pages of essential information to assist gardeners –

  • To use ALL PROVEN effective tools for prevention
  • To know if a pesticide is required
  • To know which is the most cost effective appropriate product to use for each crop
  • To know when and how to use the product for best results within the law including organics.
  • To know that the method or product used will not harm people or the environment

All purchasers are encouraged to register their copy to receive free updates annually for 5 years. RRP 49.95

Available from specialty book stores and most Paper Plus stores, and available from these independent garden centres —

  • Décor Garden World - Tauranga
  • Big Jims Garden Centre – New Plymouth
  • Garden Edge – Hawera
  • Springvale Garden Centre – Wanganui
  • Touchstone Garden Centre – Gisborne
  • The Green Door Garden & Gifts – Havelock North
  • Garden Barn – Masterton
  • Harrisons Garden World – Feilding & Waikanae
  • Twigland Garden World – Johnsonville, Wellington
  • Terra Viva Garden Centre – Christchurch
  • Lushingtons Garden & Gifts - Ashburton

To Order: 

Feedback comments received since launch date —

  • ‘Finding this book was the highlight of my trip to Garden Marlborough’
  • ‘I was surprised to learn that BioGro Certified Organic products are not necessarily safe and in many cases are not approved for use on food crops. They are only certified free of chemicals’.
  • ‘I was pleased to learn that there are no known carcinogens or mutagens and only one scheduled poison, in the home garden pesticide range’. And surprised to learn that the two suspected carcinogens are both organic. I am pleased I bought the book.
  • ‘I have already swapped my sprinklers for weeper hose to reduce disease incidence’.
  • ‘I am going to pay much more attention to buying disease resistant varieties’.
  • ‘Thanks for the book. I now feel much more in charge and understand what I am doing’.
  • ‘Great photos for identification’.

About the Author

Bill Brett has a long, wide ranging and distinguished career in horticulture. This was recently recognized, with the Associate of Honour award of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture.

Following graduation from Massey, he worked in field research, then moved into technical advisory roles, initially in agrichemicals, then later for Yates. Retail beckoned and following a brief period with Botanix garden centres, he was approached by Mitre 10 NZ to set up the garden division which he managed for 5 years. In 1995 Bill set up his consultancy and training business and soon had many nursery and garden centre clients in NZ, Australia, Ireland and UK.

Simultaneously with the above Bill was also the technical partner in a large kiwifruit orchard. He served on the board of the Nursery & Garden Industry Association for 12 years, 2 as president.

In retirement in Nelson, Bill has authored the books 'Garden Pest & Disease Control' and 'The Home Orchard', and has more close to publication. Bill is self-sufficient in vegetables from a small backyard. Until recently, before down-sizing, he was also self-sufficient in fruit.

Sixty years a gardener and working in the gardening industry, Bill has a lot of knowledge he loves to share.



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