Pests, Diseases and Beneficials: Friends and Foes of Australian Gardens

Author(s): F. David Hockings


Pests, Diseases and Beneficials helps gardeners to identify and deal with those common insects and small animals (such as bugs, beetles, caterpillars, thrips and mites) that are found in every Australian garden.

It offers clear descriptions and full colour images to aid in identifying insects or other organisms, and provides useful advice on how to recognise and treat problems. The book also covers feeding habits, life cycles and insect biology.

Based on the 1980 book Friends and Foes of Australian Gardens, this new work has been revised and expanded to include general garden situations as well as Australian native plants, and provides further information on plant diseases, harmless and beneficial fungi, bacteria and viruses, physiological disorders and problems caused by horticultural mismanagement.


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F. David Hockings AM has been professionally involved in plant and general horticultural problem solving for more than 50 years. He has written books on related subjects, a newspaper column for several years and delivered numerous papers across Australia and overseas. He has lectured up to tertiary levels, conducted Adult Education classes and presented radio and TV programmes. In 1998 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his work in horticulture.


Friend or Foe
Classification - the Importance of Small Animals
Plant Damage - by Mouthparts, Egg laying, Bites and Stings
Plant Diseases and Useful, Harmless and Beneficial Organisms
Dealing with Pests and Diseases

Pests Associated with Flowers, Fruit, Seeds, Leaves and Shoots
Less Harmful, Harmless and Beneficial Small Animals
Pests Associated with Twigs and Small Branches
Pests and Beneficial Animals Associated with Trunks and Main Branches
Pests Affecting Collars and Roots
Small Animals Associated with Soil, Compost and Shelter
Free Ranging Small Animals
Diseases affecting Garden Plants
Harmless and Beneficial Other Organisms and Specialised Roots and Bark
Parasitic Plants
Physiological Disorders
Horticultural Problems

Appendix I: Control Chart
Appendix II: Glossary

General Fields

  • : 9781486300211
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : 0.953
  • : February 2014
  • : 270mm X 210mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 280
  • : illustrations