GARDENING WITH DEBBI
WITH the lush new spring growth, conditions are ripe for pests and diseases to move into your garden.
So to prevent or reduce impact, take control now to protect your garden plants.
Newly planted seedlings are a favourite for snails and slugs who can devour the lot overnight.
Protect them by mulching with lucerne hay or creating a barrier around them with copper tape, or sprinkling with sawdust, crushed egg shells or wood ash.
Get some ducks, a very natural snail and slug control method, or put a shallow saucer of beer in the garden overnight to attract and drown them.
Go searching under leaves and remove them by hand.
If using snail baits, use a pet friendly variety and use sparingly according to directions.
Protect ripening fruit and vegetables from fruit fly by using baits and traps targeting males and then females.
Cera Trap, Eco-Lure, Eco-Naturalure and Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control can be used as part of a control and prevention program.
Talk to your local nursery staff for the best methods for your garden. Monitor the traps regularly.
Practice good garden hygiene by cleaning up any fallen or infested fruit regularly and tie in a plastic bag, leave in the sun for a few days then bin it.
Exclusion products like netting, similar to mosquito netting or individual waxed paper or fabric bags are an alternative solution.
The netting can be draped over entire plants or garden beds.
Exclusion bags cover single or small clusters of fruit.
To control chewing caterpillars and grubs, the larvae of the cabbage white butterfly and the cabbage moth, use Dipel, an organic product.
To control aphids, beetles, cutworms, mites, scale and thrips use an oil spray to suffocate the pest.
Spray all over the leaves, including the underside and stems.
Azalea Lace Bug cause unsightly damage on the foliage of azaleas.
Place Confidor tablets around the roots of azaleas for long term protection or spray the foliage monthly during spring with Confidor or Maxguard.
Fertilise and water regularly to keep your plants in peak condition and more resilient to pests and diseases.