Australian Garden Rescue

Paperback - November 2014 - AU $39.95

eBook - November 2014 - eRetailers Google Books Kobo

How to rescue your garden if it has been damaged by natural phenomena, pest attacks or prolonged neglect.

Whether you have a garden suffering from lack of attention, damaged from weather events or suffering pest attacks, Australian Garden Rescue will guide you through practical solutions, helpful tips and preventative tactics to minimise future harm. + Full description

Best-selling author Mary Horsfall explores how our harsh climate can impact gardens, including the effects of bushfires, floods, frost, storms and heatwaves. She also addresses various pests from possums, snails and caterpillars to fungal problems and weeds.

With an emphasis on environmentally friendly strategies and simple advice, this highly illustrated guide will provide tactics for gardeners repairing recent damage or tackling prolonged neglect. Regardless of your garden’s size or location, this book should be part of your gardening toolkit.

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"Australia's harsh conditions can be tough on gardens. Australian Garden Rescue by Mary Horsfall is the perfect tool to fight back. From bushfires to floods to possum invasions and thriving weeds, this book offers practical, eco-friendly advice on rescuing your garden and preventing problems in the future. "
Better Homes and Gardens, September 2015

"What to do about caterpillars in your cabbages, mealy bugs in your ferns, compacted soil and the threat of bushfire? Mary Horsfall has all the answers in her straight-talking book tackling all the sticky problems for gardeners."
Megan Backhouse, The Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 2014

"Mary Horsfall has written a fine manual which is useful, entertaining, thoughtful, beautifully produced and blessedly free of academic jargon."
Nick Goldie, Cooma-Monaro Express, January 2015

"...this is a book to keep close at hand."
Penny Harrison, Herald Sun, Melbourne


Paperback | November 2014 | $ 39.95
ISBN: 9781486300006 | 256 pages | 240 x 190 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs

ePDF | November 2014
ISBN: 9781486300013
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Help to overcome numerous garden problems in one book
  • Preventing problems
  • Practical and simple advice
  • Organic pest control methods
  • Environment and biodiversity friendly strategies
  • Water-saving strategies


Part One: Preparation prevents problems
Chapter 1: Changing times
Chapter 2: Start with the soil
Chapter 3: Choose plants that suit the spot
Chapter 4: Drought-proofing your garden

Part Two: Rescue rollout
Chapter 5: Testing times
Chapter 6: Weather extremes
Chapter 7: Bushfire
Chapter 8: When pests proliferate
Chapter 9: Fungal problems and plant diseases
Chapter 10: What about the weeds?
Chapter 11: Gardens to the rescue

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Mary Horsfall has over 40 years’ experience in organic gardening, including 23 years growing self-sufficiency food crops organically in a dry-summer environment with only dam and tank water. Mary has written articles for Grass Roots and Greenhouse Living magazines, specialising in gardening, environment-related issues and biodiversity. Her previous books include Creating Your Eco-friendly Garden, Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden and Gardens for All Seasons. Visit her blog at: