GAR­DEN HINTS

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with MANDI

AS I was dis­cussing in my last ar­ti­cle, se­lect­ing the right plant for the right place is very im­por­tant. Con­tin­u­ing on from that - how big some­thing grows is con­sid­er­a­tion also. When you pur­chase a plant it may seem small. Know­ing how tall and wide it grows and more im­por­tantly how big it’s root sys­tem may grow will en­sure you don’t end with a ma­jor prob­lem with roots caus­ing dam­age to pipes or struc­tures. It is a sure way to get your neigh­bours off­side if your trees roots are en­croach­ing on their side of the fence! Do your re­search - es­pe­cially when plant­ing trees. Fruit fly sea­son is upon us once more. Make sure you get your con­trol meth­ods in place now. There are quite a few op­tions avail­able so come down and have a chat and see what best suits your needs. Be vig­i­lant if you want to en­joy un­af­fected fruit and veg­eta­bles this sum­mer. Have con­ver­sa­tions with your neigh­bours and friends - ed­u­ca­tion is the key. If we are all do­ing our bit it will help re­duce num­bers and we can con­tinue to en­joy home­grown pro­duce. Cherry slug af­fects trees in spring. Keep an eye out for this pest on your cherry, plum, pear and quince trees. The ‘slug’ is the lar­vae of the sawfly - the adult lays eggs on the leaves, these hatch into the slug which can skele­tonise leaves if left un­treated. They then drop to the ground and pu­pate and emerge as adults. They will have two life cy­cles per spring/sum­mer sea­son so try and get on top of the prob­lem now. You are mostly likely to see more dam­age late Jan­uary. If you only see a few you can pick them of and squash them. If there are too many to do this you can spray with pyrethrum. Keep up the good work gar­den­ers and as al­ways - happy gar­den­ing.

PLAN AHEAD: The size that the root sys­tem may grow to is one con­sid­er­a­tion you have to make when plan­ning your gar­den.

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