Posts Tagged ‘pesticides’

Storing Pesticides and Tools

Walter’s Garden Joke of the Day: How are my garden tools and my dirty clothes alike? Answer: They both have compost clinging to them and both never seem to make it to their proper storage site. Last year I replaced...

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IPM – Discussed and Defined

I value the opinion of Dr. Paul Guillebeau, entomologist and pesticide specialist at the University of Georgia. He tries his best to see both sides of the pesticide question without preaching too loudly. Below are his thoughts on Integrated Pest...

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Fruit – Homeowner Spray Guide

Georgia is a great state for fruit production. Unfortunately, it is also a great state for the insects and diseases which limit fruit production. Growing fruit organically is possible…but it demands a huge amount of time and effort. Most novices...

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How to Dispose of Old Chemicals

If you need to clean out a storage room on my carport that has many old containers of weed killer, bug spray and fertilizer. Here is the safest way to dispose of them. Pete Dasher, Unit Coordinator with the Georgia...

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Pyrethrin Insecticide – Homemade

Taken from http://www.comfycountrycreations.com/bugspray.htm The dried, powdered flowers of the pyrethrum daisy, Tanacetum cinerarifolium, were used as early as 1880 to control mosquitoes. The popularity of pyrethrum insecticides waned when synthetic insecticides were introduced, but they are now enjoying a commercial...

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Treated Wood – Sodium Silicate

Radio caller Phil answers his own question! “A few weeks ago, I asked if you had heard about a wood product that was treated with glass for use in raised beds. You didn’t have any information on it, but I...

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Pesticide Misuse – “People Dumber Than Us”

In a great example of public service, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation collects and releases example of people mis-using pesticides. Some typical cases: In Los Angeles, a woman borrowed a half-cup of pine oil disinfectant from a neighbor and...

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Pesticides – Disposing

When my father died a few years ago our family faced a situation familiar to many: disposing of his pesticides. In his sixty-five years of small-time farming he had accumulated multiple sprays for his orchard, dusts for the cows and...

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Pesticides – Dissipation Rate

If you’re concerned about how long various pesticides stay in your lawn, this excerpt from HORTIDEAS gives a good, scientifically-based comparison. Only the active ingredient chemicals are listed…you’ll have to do a bit of research to figure out which brand...

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Spinosad – New Insecticide

Gardeners are always on the lookout for insecticides that are made from natural sources. Spinosad is a nerve toxin derived from a naturally-occurring bacterium, Saccropolyspora spinosa. It is available as a general-purpose insecticide in Green Light Lawn and Garden Spray....

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Chlordane – Gardening Nearby

For many years, homes were treated with chlordane to kill termites. In 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use due to health concerns. If you grow edible plants near your home’s foundation, you might be concerned about the possibility...

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Bird Mites – Pesticide Mis-use

Beware of free pest control advice; it can be very expensive. A client called Dr. Paul Guillebeau with a serious problem. Upon the advice of a sincere retail clerk, they applied so much pesticide that their house was uninhabitable. When...

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Green Light Product Chart

The Green Light Company distributes many useful garden pesticides. The document below lists their products and their active ingredients. Green Light...

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IPM – Defined

I value the opinion of Dr. Paul Guillebeau, entomologist and pesticide specialist at the University of Georgia. He tries his best to see both sides of the pesticide question without preaching too loudly. Below are his thoughts on Integrated Pest...

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Homeowner Pesticides – Active Ingredients

As if gardening weren’t complicated enough, the subject of pesticides adds another layer of complexity. Beyond all of the plant names to remember, there is a whole new spectrum of insecticide, fungicide and herbicide product names. To make it easier...

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Pesticide Toxicity to Earthworms

by Daryl Pulis, Mrs. Green Thumb Once called the “intestines of the Earth” by Aristotle, earthworms are both indicators of soil health and help to improve the soil as they move through it. Earthworms tunnel deep within the soil, creating...

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