Expert Kris Collins shares his tips for dealing with garden pests.
It’s best to nip potential problems in the bud before they take hold.
A big part of this comes down to good garden hygiene. Fallen leaves, spent flowers and general mess can lead to all kinds of pests and diseases.
Keep things tidy and problems should be few and far between.
These sap suckers seek out fresh new growth and can quickly infest individual plants or whole planting areas. As they move from plant to plant they can transfer viruses – often seen as puckered foliage growth.
Control: Bayer Organic Bug Free will quickly deal with the problem, or alternatively clean plants by hand or make your own aphid spray. Boil up a few crushed garlic cloves and strain, allow to cool, then add a few drops of washing-up liquid.
Slugs And Snails
These slimy suspects hide in damp, shady spots by day, coming out at night or during damp weather to feast on plant foliage.
Control: Pellets are a common method, but those looking for an eco-friendlier option can employ various other tricks. Predatory nematodes can be applied to soils, sunken pots of beer can be dotted around borders – slugs pop in for a drink, get drunk and can’t get out again! Egg shells and/or wood ash sprinkled around plants is also said to help.