Insect damage in the garden
HELLO readers! I hope you are all busy gardening with this beautiful weather we are having. We have been lucky to get a little bit of rain to keep things growing. A problem I have been asked about a lot lately is curly leaves on plum trees. This is often mistaken for the fungal disease leaf curl. It is actually insects attacking the tree. If you have this problem and look closely at the affected leaves you will see that the inside is riddled with aphid and thrip. Both of these are sucking insects. They are literally sucking the life out of the leaf causing deformed and stunted foliage. The good news is this problem is easily controlled. You can spray with an insecticide or use an organic option if you prefer. As most of the leaves will already be affected it may seem like it is too late but the damaged leaves will shed and new growth will appear - this is what you are protecting by spraying. Next year if you spray the new growth as it is just appearing you will have a lot less damage. Fruit fly is a hot topic at this time of the year. I have recently attended a fruit fly information evening run by landcare.
If you get the opportunity to go do, it was very informative. It is absolutely time to be putting out your lures - this is purely an indication of whether or not you have fruit fly activity in your garden. I have been advised that the female fruit fly lays eggs in the fruit/ vegetables around six weeks prior to normal ripening so make sure you have your protection in place prior to this. Again come and have a chat at the nursery. If we are all doing our bit to help the fruit fly problem, we can keep enjoying our homegrown produce. Happy gardening.
DAMAGE: A plum tree affected by insects.