The warm weather has really made a big difference to our gardens, with lots of things emerging; buds, leaves, flowers, seedlings, butterflies, ladybirds, creatures and unfortunately ‘pests’ including:
These are hard to miss they are like bright red jewels with a black head and legs and appear on your Fritillaries and Lilies, the adult beetles munch away at the flowers, leaves, stems and buds and their larvae, which are reddish brown with black heads, eat the leaves. Heavy infestations can be treated with organic pesticides, smaller populations can be picked off by hand ‘carefully’ as they soon drop off the plants and disappear into the undergrowth, you can report sightings of Lily Beetles on the RHS website, they are monitoring the spread of this pest. These two were spotted in my garden and quickly removed.
Ants are now becoming increasingly active, the ‘family’ that live under the flags in my greenhouse are becoming rather busy there are not a lot of them and they are not a problem, in summer when the flying young emerge I open the greenhouse doors and the Sparrows go in and feast on them. Large populations of ants can be a problem especially in the lawn or the garden borders creating mounds of earth and root disturbance.
Treat the affected areas with Nemasys No Ants which contains nematodes, it is safe for you, your children, pets, wildlife and for using near food crops, we had an enquiry this week regarding the Nemasys No Ants the customer was having problems with ants in their lawn, they were removing the newly sown grass seed.
It is at this time of the year that the adult beetles emerge and nibble the leaves of your plants, the beetles then lay their eggs on the plant root ball, these eggs hatch into grubs which feast on the roots and cause permanent damage or even death to your prized and often expensive container plants. Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer contains nematodes which attack the grubs before they attack your plants it is safe to use on indoor and outdoor containers as well as on food crops such as herbs and strawberries it is safe for you, your children, pets and wildlife.
It has been reported in the news recently that this year we can expect an invasion of larger than normal slugs (it sounds like a horror story), this is because of the mild winters and wetter summers, Slugs are active above 5C so have been reproducing through the winter when normally they are dormant, Slugs not only munch your prized flowers and your tasty vegetable crops they can also contain Lungworms which may infect dogs and be fatal to them. Nemaslug Slug Killer contains nematodes which invade the slug and kill it, it is safe to you, your children, pets and wildlife including birds, hedgehogs, frogs, toads and ground beetles who love to feed on slugs and their eggs.
Another increasingly popular safe Slug control are Slug Gone which is natural pure organic wool pellets, spread a layer around your plants, once wet they swell and form a barrier which irritates the slugs foot so it looks for food elsewhere, they are ideal for organic gardening and can be used in pots, flower beds, borders, allotments, herb gardens, nurseries, garden centres, green houses and vegetable plots. Copper Slug and Snail Protection Tape is another method of Slug prevention, place the tape around the top of your pots, containers and Raised Beds, it does not kill slugs but gives them a small electrical shock which deters them from crossing over.
Be vigilant and act now before your pests become a problem
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