Pesticides: Always Read The Label

It doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing one could be doing on a Saturday afternoon – we admit that. Unfortunately though we see far too many home gardeners are finding themselves in a rather unforgiving situation after using a pesticide product in a way that is not in line with the directions on the label. When an edible plant is involved, whether a delicious tomato with a bumper crop on the way, or a family heirloom lemon tree that has been a steady performer for generations, the response is always an unhappy one when we advise – as we are obliged to do – that the plant can no longer be considered ‘safe’ for consumption.

This is a heartbreaking situation that we don’t want to see – not even once. So we’ve put together a quick go-to guide on how to read a pesticide label in Australia, so that gardeners of all experience levels can be empowered to comprehend and interpret label directions for themselves – and get it right the first time! The following advice can be adapted to labels for other registered garden products as well, such as fungicides, miticides and even herbicides.

Read it all…

The first step when considering using a pesticide product for the first time is to read the entire label in full. Not only will this give you an overview of how the product can be used, but also of any particular warnings and cautions that should be observed – note these as a priority.

We Are Here to Help!

Don’t forget, if these directions don’t seem to apply to your situation, or perhaps you are still trying to diagnose what exactly is going on in your particular case – we are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and help steer you in the right direction. There are few things we enjoy more than cracking a tough case, but most importantly we want all gardeners to be using our products in a safe and sustainable way.

When it comes to plant protection: if in doubt we would much rather you give us a shout!

Understanding the ‘How to Use’ Table:

And now for the tricky bit. While the whole product label, front and back (where applicable), does serve as a legal document of sorts; it is this table that spells out the specific situations in which the respective product can be applied. Note that rarely will this table specify any particular situations where the product cannot be used. So as a rule, if your intended use does not fit within a specified use on the ‘How to Use’ table: your intended use is not approved for the product in question – so please don’t use the product in this case.