Weed killer reports drive rise in calls to RHS helpline

RHS chief horticultural adviser Guy Barter has revealed that he is receiving more helpline calls about garden pest and weed killers following reports from scientific bodies about possible dangers in using them.

"As a science organisation we follow the lead of the CRD (the Government's Chemical Regulations Directorate)," said Barter. "When people are concerned we recommend integrated pest management, cultural and no-chemical methods - and if they don't work as an emergency consider using insecticides and fungicides."

Rosemary beetles and lily beetles have also been a problem this summer, he added.

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