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Plants often require protecting from pests, diseases and competitive weeds. Consider non-chemical solutions first, but if a chemical control is used, follow the instructions accurately to ensure that people, pets and the wider environment are kept safe.
Suitable for A wide range of pests, diseases and weedsTiming Various, according to the problemDifficulty Moderate
Chemicals are best used when it is not possible to control the problem through other methods. There are products available for use for most pest, disease and weed problems that occur in the garden.
Use garden chemicals responsibly;
For small scale jobs consider ready-to-use packs. In many cases the nozzle design on these is really only adequate for treating a small area though some now have pump action and can be used on larger areas. There is an extremely low risk to gardeners from diluted chemicals, and the slight hazard of garden chemicals comes mainly from the concentrate.
For garden chemicals and other plant protection products currently available to gardeners see:
When using a spray, consider the following;
As well as measures to protect the operator and nearby plants, gardeners using chemicals are responsible for protecting children, wildlife and the avoiding pollution of the wider environment.
Changes in pesticide legislationChemicals: using a sprayerChemicals: using spot and broadscaleChemicals: using them in gardensChemicals: storing and disposingChemical labels explainedControlling pests and diseases without chemicalsHealth and Safety Executive: home garden chemicalsWeeds: non-chemical controlWithdrawn chemicals
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