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Gardeners spraying

PostsPosts 12


14/03/2012 12:33:27
 
Heads up ladies,
we hired a new gardener recently who sprayed whilst I was out.

This time I was in and asked to see the spray he was using. He showed me Dursban a UK manufactured organosphosphate by Dow, which meant nothing to me. However as I have young children and cats I thought I should do my research. A cursory search showed
New York sued Dow in 2003 for listing the product as safe, and that the company now only sells the product to developing countries.
The list of side effects are pretty extensive and at the extreme deadly.

When I spoke to the gardener he not only told me it was safe and he used it in hundreds of gardens

(wrongly, as it is mainly for lawns and he was spraying everything with it).

By the way the plants never looked worse than since he first sprayed with it((

PostsPosts 190


14/03/2012 12:53:40
 
When I spoke to the gardener he not only told me it was safe and he used it in hundreds of gardens

Yeah, Yeah, bla, bla ... tell him to stop this nonsense. If a plant has a problem, he should show you first and then you can discuss how to deal with it.

How much is he charging you for the spray?

PostsPosts 27


14/03/2012 12:54:31
 
We had this problem not so long back, the gardener kept spraying every week, and said it was safe but not to go on the grass .. till the sun went down then it was fine! what the sun going down did i don't know lol, but i finally got him to show me what he was spraying and it was the same stuff this dursban, i looked online and found the same as you so stopped him spraying all together now if my garden needs "medicine" i have to buy it myself. I bet loads of people don't know the garden is being sprayed if they are at work etc

PostsPosts 680


14/03/2012 12:55:04
 
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate, with potential for both acute toxicity at larger amounts and neurological effects in fetuses and children even at very small amounts.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorpyrifos

PostsPosts 7172


14/03/2012 12:58:39
 
Ours doesn't spray - occasionally scatters 'medicine' from a carrier bag - looks like he's feeding chickens lol..

PostsPosts 680


14/03/2012 13:00:21
 
Sue62 wrote:
Ours doesn't spray - occasionally scatters 'medicine' from a carrier bag - looks like he's feeding chickens lol..

If it is blue then stop him

PostsPosts 7172


14/03/2012 13:03:01
 
Al Quwatain wrote:
Sue62 wrote:
Ours doesn't spray - occasionally scatters 'medicine' from a carrier bag - looks like he's feeding chickens lol..

If it is blue then stop him


Lol sort of grey...but he hasn't bothered since we reseeded the lawn and told him not to touch it !!

Why, what's the blue stuff ??

PostsPosts 680


14/03/2012 13:04:30
 
Sue62 wrote:
Al Quwatain wrote:
Sue62 wrote:
Ours doesn't spray - occasionally scatters 'medicine' from a carrier bag - looks like he's feeding chickens lol..

If it is blue then stop him


Lol sort of grey...but he hasn't bothered since we reseeded the lawn and told him not to touch it !!

Why, what's the blue stuff ??
Don't know, DH told the gardener it is poison and not to bring it into our house......

PostsPosts 7172


14/03/2012 13:08:41
 
Al Quwatain wrote:
Sue62 wrote:
Al Quwatain wrote:
Sue62 wrote:
Ours doesn't spray - occasionally scatters 'medicine' from a carrier bag - looks like he's feeding chickens lol..

If it is blue then stop him


Lol sort of grey...but he hasn't bothered since we reseeded the lawn and told him not to touch it !!

Why, what's the blue stuff ??
Don't know, DH told the gardener it is poison and not to bring it into our house......


Oh.. Bit like the spray stuff then..

PostsPosts 124


14/03/2012 14:23:02
 
The "Blue Stuff" is just slow release NKP fertilizer. That stuff IS totally harmless and required for sandy soils to be able to grow lush beautiful vegetation.

PostsPosts 2929


16/03/2012 11:15:40
 
My solution was to buy the concentrated organic pesticide from Organic Foods & Cafe (20% off 2morrow), made up the spray bottle ready for gardener to use.

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