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Garden Pest & Disease Control
Essential NZ Guide

The release of Bill Brett’s book on Garden Pest & Disease Control is timely, following some significant rationalisation of the home garden pesticide range, (withdrawals of OPC’s), the release of improved biologicals, and significant formulation improvement of some products. This has brought about a greater focus on ‘integrated control’ – using all the tools available especially the science based prevention methods.


Every garden centre should have a copy on hand to assist staff in providing customers with the best information. An excellent tool for staff training.


Many garden centres will also choose to sell this book to customers, a great Christmas gift.

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About the Author

Bill Brett was raised on a dairy farm in Taranaki, by enthusiastic gardening parents. He joined Ivon Watkins Ltd as a trainee, took leave of absence to attend Massey University, and returned to Ivon Watkins- Dow as it was then, as a research technician. Bill went on to become the North Island Technical Officer.

After leaving Ivon Watkins-Dow, Bill, spent time in Ministry of Agriculture Bio Security, before joining Yates as the technical officer. Bill was responsible for the 60th Edition re-write of the Yates Garden Guide. He later became manager of the Yates NZ Home Garden Division.

Retail beckoned, and following a brief period with Botanix Garden Centre Group in Auckland, Bill was approached by Mitre 10, to set up and manage the garden division.

Five years later, in 1995 Bill set up Brett & Associates, a garden centre consultancy, and within three years had many clients in NZ, Australia, Ireland and UK. In 2011, Garden Retail Success Ltd, took over the business of Brett & Associates and Bill retired from garden centre consultancy, but still helps with the occasional project.

Bill has always been a keen gardener, and prides himself on being self – sufficient in fruit and vegetables, for 11 months of the year.

Bill was a member of the Nursery & Garden Industry Association board for 12 years and served as president for two years.

Bill has a Diploma of Agriculture, and a Diploma of Education.

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Bill Brett

Book Features

The book covers all aspects of pest and disease control
Identification – the largest range of garden problems published in a New Zealand book, described in detail and illustrated with some 240 photos. All science proven methods of prevention, a detailed description of all pests and diseases commonly found in New Zealand gardens, a detailed description of all brands of all pesticides distributed in New Zealand, legislation covering pesticides and obligation of suppliers, retailers, and users.


Quick reference charts – star rated comparison of cost effectiveness of all products approved for each vegetable, fruit, and ornamental group. By each host plant – vegetable, fruit, ornamental, by product, by pest or disease, science based organic options, withholding periods for each product on each vegetable and fruit, compatibility chart, preferred product for each crop including organic option, spray programmes for applicable crops including organic option, weed control by situation and weed.

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Garden Pest and Disease Control Book

Garden Pest & Disease Control

$49.45 Includes Tax

380 pages of essential information to assist gardeners:

To use all proven effective tools for prevention
To know if a pesticide is required
To know which is the most cost effective appropriate product to use for each crop
To know when and how to use the product for best results within the law
To know that the method or product used will not harm people or the environment

Garden retailers buying 10 books or more qualify for free extras including
Promotion signs, brochures, digital photo and description for use in emails.
Hole in top corner of one copy for fixing in store for customer use.
Plus optional extras
Promotion talks in store
Book signing.
Staff training

Contact us for details and pricing.

Book Numbers

1-3 Copies, 4-5 Copies, 6–20 Copies, 21–100 Copies, 100+ Copies


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