Synopses & Reviews
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.
"This book ... will empower any gardener who desires to use IPM techniques successfully at home."
—Deborah Smith-Fiola, American Gardener, January/February 2005 American Gardener
"An excellent textbook for those who want a practical foundation in IPM."
—July Hays, Northwest Garden News, July 2006 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, July/August 2005 E, The Environmental Magazine
In IPM for Gardeners, a team of experts explains how home gardeners can use Integrated Pest Management techniques to manage plant health as the professionals do.
Had enough of toxic pest solutions? Turn to safe and successful IPM techniques with this authoritative, well-illustrated volume.
About the Author
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.