May­day call for bay

Amateur Gardening - - Ask Anne! -

Q How do I deal with scale in­sects on a bay tree? Jilly Robin (via email)

A As you are prob­a­bly us­ing bay leaves in cook­ing, use BugClear Fruit & Veg. Based on rape seed oil, it clogs the pest’s breath­ing pores, which kills it. It is rec­om­mend for sev­eral pests.

Ad­di­tion­ally, be­cause scale in­sects suck sap and de­bil­i­tate growth, feed your tree with sul­phate of potash monthly from April to Septem­ber.

Sprin­kle it over the root area at 1oz (28g) per sq m and wa­ter it in.

Bays are sus­cep­ti­ble to pests

Di­vide se­dums in spring

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