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IPM for Gardeners: A Guide to Integrated Pest Management

By Raymond A. Cloyd, Philip L. Nixon, and Nancy R. Pataky

Since the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, interest in alternative pest-management strategies has increased dramatically. As a way to reduce the use of pesticides and keep plants healthy, integrated pest management (IPM) has evolved to emphasize prevention, early diagnosis (or "scouting"), and long-term control strategies — not quick fixes. Many nurseries, land-use agencies, and public gardens now require the use of IPM as an intelligent, real-world system to raise plants in an environmentally responsible manner. Despite a plethora of technical IPM training manuals, no book until now has distilled its core philosophy for the home gardener, so that he or she can learn to manage plant health as the professionals do, based on scientific principles. In IPM for Gardeners, a team of experts explains how any gardener can use IPM techniques for success at home. Authoritative, well-illustrated, and packed with case studies, this volume promises to change the way we see our gardens.

Media reviews

"This book ... will empower any gardener who desires to use IPM techniques successfully at home."

—Deborah Smith-Fiola, American Gardener

"Authoritative, well illustrated, and packed with case studies, this volume promises to change the way we see our gardens."

Hobby Greenhouse

"Gives gardeners a host of tools that are tough on pests and easy on the environment."

—Rebecca Sanborn, E, the Environmental Magazine

"My favorite feature of IPM for Gardeners is the inclusion of offset snippets about topics ranging from getting poinsettias to bloom to handy information about applying horticultural oils."

—Sara Ranger, E-Streams

"If you want to explore the science behind the apparent 'magic,' in depth, then this book is for you."

—John Walker, Kitchen Garden

"Every page is an eye-opening experience, or for some a renewal of some long ago understanding of IPM."

—George Graine, Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report

"Read this, and you should be well-prepared for making day-to-day IPM choices."

HortIdeas

"The newest addition to a growing body of literature focusing on the fundamentals of IPM ... useful information."

IPMnet News

"An excellent textbook for those who want a practical foundation in IPM."

—July Hays, Northwest Garden News

"Packed with information and photographs, this volume explains the biology behind plant and insect population dynamics, covers important strategies for keeping plants healthy, and describes creative, holistic first-aid strategies when infestations do occur. Whether you are a novice gardener or a full-time farmer, IPM for Gardeners will do you and your garden a world of good."

E, the Environmental Magazine

"Whether you are a novice gardener or a full-time farmer, IPM for Gardeners will do you and your garden a world of good."

E, the Environmental Magazine

"The book is written so that everyone can easily understand the principles and practice of IPM."

—Diana Pederson, Bella Online

" IPM for Gardeners is packed with tips to help you maintain a healthy balance in your garden."

—Amy McDowell, Real Estate Showcase

"Like all Timber Press books, IPM for Gardeners is a handsome and lavishly illustrated book."

—Tianna DuPont, New Farm

"Belongs in every serious gardener's personal library. It could easily guide you toward clearing off that shelf full of chemicals and, in the process, lead to a safer, more hospitable environment."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

About the authors

Raymond A. Cloyd

Raymond A. Cloyd is assistant professor of Ornamental Entomology and Integrated Pest Management in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. His appointment combines research, teaching, and extension. Dr. Cloyd has held positions in private industry as a landscape maintenance supervisor and greenhouse manager. He earned his Ph.D. in Entomology from Purdue University.

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Philip L. Nixon

Philip L. Nixon is an extension specialist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. He coordinates pesticide safety training as well as having responsibilities in ornamental and household entomology. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Kansas State University.

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Nancy R. Pataky

Nancy R. Pataky is plant clinic director and extension specialist in plant pathology in the Department of Crop Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana. She received her master's degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois.

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