There is no doubt that the use of simple organic techniques can be effective in the management and control of all kinds of garden pests. They have been considered first in this chapter because most gardeners prefer to consider organic methods before resorting to chemicals. There is a time and place for everything, however, and when pest problems get truly out of hand you may feel the need to turn to laboratory-developed assistance.
It is important for the gardener thinking of using any of the available chemical sprays and powders to find out as much as possible about them. Some of the dangers inherent in their use can be avoided through intelligent planning and careful application. Overkill can be as damaging to the pocketbook, in these days of high prices, as it may be to the plants
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