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Do you use non-organic pesticides and herbicides?
Never
80%
 80%  [ 4 ]
Regularly
20%
 20%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:23 am    Post subject: pesticide & herbicide use Reply with quote

partly in response to this:

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The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/24/insecticides-world-food-supplies-risk

i was wondering how often people use non-organic insecticides or herbicides?
i imagine such insecticides are used far less than the likes of roundup in your average garden.

so far, i've avoided using any herbicides, was just wondering about other people's experiences.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there was meant to be a third option on that poll, but somehow it didn't submit properly. it was for people who use it as a last resort, e.g. for knotweed and the like.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use glyphosate on couch grass growing in my paths. Other weeds, I use boiling water. I put it in a small spray bottle, so I can spray from point blank range. I'd rather not, but I cannot afford to remove the membrane and wood chips, disturb the edging on my vegetable beds, and start again, only to have the problem return. I have a Provado bug killer, which I bought to control vine weevil on my houseplants. I used it this year on gooseberry sawfly, at 5am, so minimizing exposure to other insects. I even moved the ladybirds and spiders before I sprayed. Last resort is right.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use insecticides at all. Plenty of wildlife around here in the woods that surround me so it doesn't appear to be a problem. The bats do their bit too I suppose. As for the weeds and couch grass, good old glyphosphate by whatever company makes it does a great job.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't say never, but it's as close to never as you can get so I ticked the never box.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't need to use slug pellets (or any other form of slug and snail control) because we have thrushes and other beasties visiting the garden which keep them in check.
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