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American Horticultural Society Pests and Diseases: The Complete Guide to Preventing, Identifying and Treating Plant Problems [Hardcover]

By Pippa Greenwood (Author), Andrew Halstead (Author), A.R. Chase (Author) & Daniel Gilrein (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 7.8" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2000
Publisher   DK Adult
ISBN  0789450747  
EAN  9780789450746  

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Outline ReviewIs your garden troubled by cutworms or aphids? Need to know the best method for preventing the spread of viruses among your houseplants? Look no further than Pests and Diseases, the informative guide to the downside of gardening. Sooner or later, everyone's roses are troubled by black spot. Or maybe you haven't been having success treating known problems with chemical solutions. Pests and Diseases will answer all your questions, from prevention methods to lasting damage repair.

The close-up photos in the "identifying" area are certainly helpful, but are not for the squeamish. And it's not just the creepy crawlies that are a little discomforting--shots of full-blown bacterial infections on tree trunks aren't exactly a welcome sight, either. But to ensure healthy lives for their plants, responsible gardeners need to be as familiar with ladybug larvae as they are with lavender. It's better to recognize these problems in the early stages. Treatments discussed focus on organic and biological methods whenever possible. Beer-traps, barriers, and beneficial bugs are all explained in detail, along with reminders that regular weeding and cleanliness aren't just for looks, but for health as well. When chemical solutions are recommended, proper care is emphasized--not just for you, but for the other plants and animals in your garden. Proper techniques for preparation, treatment, storage, and disposal are gone over at length, as well as stern advice to only use these in moderation, and correctly--if they won't solve the problem thoroughly, then they're not worth the risks involved. Thorough and straightforwardly technical, even beginning gardeners will find it possible to tackle tough problems with this intelligent aid. --Jill Lightner

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The unrivaled practical handbook for the identification, treatment and prevention of plant problems.

Guidance from the experts in the Identification, treatment, and prevention of plant pests, diseases, and disorders. Whether you need to identify a pest, want to know how to prevent plant problems, or are looking for alternatives to pesticides, you will find the answers in AHS Pests & Diseases. How do you know if an insect is beneficial or destructive? AHS Pests & Diseases identifies valuable insects and pest predators as well as the troublemakers. Can you identify a problem if you don't know the name of a plant? The illustrated catalog of plant problems is grouped according to whether leaves, stems, flowers, roots, or fruits are attacked. Simply compare the photographs with the affected part of your plant to find out what is wrong. Is a particular plant susceptible to disease? The A-Z, plant-by-plant listing tells you which particular ailments individual plants are most likely to suffer from. Are pesticides always necessary? Many common problems can be controlled by good gardening practice and simple preventive measures. AHS Pests and Diseases provides authoritative advice on pesticide-free solutions wherever appropriate. AHS Pests & Diseases is the practical handbook gardeners have been waiting for.

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More About Pippa Greenwood, Andrew Halstead, A.R. Chase & Daniel Gilrein

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pippa Greenwood trained as a botanist and ran the plant pathology department at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley in Surrey, England. Pippa is the author of several best-selling gardening books including New Gardener, Flower Gardener, and A Garden for All Seasons. Pippa also writes for Amateur Gardening magazine and the Mirror daily newspaper in London.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great series of books  Feb 10, 2008
I honestly have not used this book as much as the pruning and propagation books in the same series, but I will rely on it this spring as I had a nasty experience with Japanese beetles ravaging my fruit trees in 2007.
Garden Reference  Oct 22, 2007
This book is an excellent reference for the gardener and was as represented. I regret not at all having purchased this volume and recommend it to anyone wanting such a reference in their library of garden-related books.
Good Reference Text!  Jul 16, 2007
Thorough listing and descriptions of various pests and diseases with good suggestions of how to handle.
It's okay  Jul 12, 2007
This is a book for a more experienced gardener. You almost need to be able to look at a plant and know what the disease/infestation might be before finding it in this book. It would be more helpful to have a section with a listing of plants/trees and their susceptabilities. I actually had to look up the plant in another reference book to find out what disease/infestation a certain plant may be susceptible to, then I was able to look that up in this book.
Poor coverage of diseases and pests  Jun 11, 2007
First off, it's extremely difficult to identify a pest or disease by description alone. By the cover, which showed picture after picture, I thought for sure each disease or insect infestation would have a picture to help with identification. There were only a handful of the many plant diseases and insect damage that one encounters. I ended up using for my diagnosis.

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