TREAT­ING SCALE AND SOOTY MOULD

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Upkeep -

A ne­glected hedge at­tracts pests, in this case scale and sooty mould. Scale are sap-suck­ing in­sects that gen­er­ally in­vade a plant that is al­ready weak. These tiny crea­tures se­crete a sweet sub­stance called honey-dew that ants love. In fact, ants are scale herders. So first, get rid of the ants by pour­ing ant-killer at the base of the plant. Then use in­sec­ti­cide on the plant to get rid of the scale. Sooty mould is a type of black fun­gus and is a sec­ondary in­fec­tion to the scale. Once you’ve dis­posed of the scale, wash off the mould with di­luted detergent.

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