Chemical labels explained

Pests, diseases and weeds can be controlled by good cultivation methods, cultivar selection, garden hygiene and encouraging or introducing natural enemies, so should be the first line of control. If chemical controls are used, they should be used in a minimal and highly targeted manner. Before using or even buying garden chemicals, it is important to read the label; this contains vital information on how to use the product safely and effectively.

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Reading instructions and statutory conditions relating to use

Quick facts

When used as directed, chemicals are safe to use in the garden
Always read the label before purchase
It is illegal NOT to follow the instructions on the label

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