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.