IPM for Gardeners

IPM for Gardeners

A Guide to Integrated Pest Management

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Since the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, interest in alternative pest-management strategies has increased dramatically. As a way to reduce the use of pesticides and keep plants healthy, integrated pest management (IPM) has evolved to emphasize prevention, early diagnosis (or "scouting"), and long-term control strategies -- not quick fixes. Many nurseries, land-use agencies, and public gardens now require the use of IPM as an intelligent, real-world system to raise plants in an environmentally responsible manner.

Despite a plethora of technical IPM training manuals, no book until now has distilled its core philosophy for the home gardener, so that he or she can learn to manage plant health as the professionals do, based on scientific principles. In IPM for Gardeners, a team of experts explains how any gardener can use IPM techniques for success at home. Authoritative, well-illustrated, and packed with case studies, this volume promises to change the way we see our gardens.

Had enough of toxic pest solutions? Turn to safe and successful IPM techniques with this authoritative, well-illustrated volume.

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Reflecting a philosophy that views the natural environment as an integrated system, the initial chapters of this guide address the needs of plants and the needs of the insects and diseases that attack plants, so that gardeners can recognize when their plants are healthy and how to avoid creating an environment conducive to insects and disease. Subsequent chapters address cultural and physical pest management, insect and disease association and conventional and biorational pest control materials. Though the information is scientific, it's presented in accessible language, with careful study, to the serious non-specialist gardener. Well illustrated with color plates. All three authors are with the U. of Illinois. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In a no-nonsense, practical style, the authors establish a basic understanding of the biology of plants, insects, and plant diseases as a first step to using integrated pest management (IPM). Emphasizing the proper culture of plants as the best way to ward off problems, this handbook treats plant care in a holistic fashion, showing how to evaluate any action that might affect ecological balance. The authors even advocate doing nothing when problems can be expected to correct themselves. When chemical intervention is needed as a last resort, however, gardeners will learn how to minimize the impact on the environment and prevent future pest and disease problems.
Authoritative, well illustrated, and packed with case studies, this volume promises to change the way we see our gardens. From beneficial insects to proper watering practices, here are the tools readers need to keep healthy gardens for a healthy planet.
Raymond A. Cloyd is assistant professor of Ornamental Entomology and Integrated Pest Management in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780881926477
Characteristics: 204 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pataky, Nancy R.
Nixon, Philip L.


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