When pests or diseases attack garden plants, the first step to fixing the sick plant is to identify the cause. Start by working out whether the problem is caused by an insect pest or a plant disease. Next, narrow it down further by either identifying the specific pest or disease, or working out how the pest is damaging your plant.
Whether its mozzies, flies or ants, did you know you can stop pests in their tracks with a range of pest-repellent plants? The secret to these plants’ pest-repellent magic is in the oils they produce, which must be released in order for the plant to be effective against pests.
If you love playing in the dirt, you know all about the important role bees play in pollinating and maintaining earth’s balance. Without bees there would be no flowers or food for us to eat. But if you can’t accommodate bees as your garden guests due to allergies, there are plenty of easy, natural solutions […]
Like it or not, there will always be bugs and insects in the garden. Some are good for the garden and some are not. Nobody likes the bad bugs that eat our plants, but if we eliminate them completely we lose the good bugs too. Without bugs there would be no frogs, no lizards, no […]
From baking soda to beer, everything you need to keep pests (and chemicals) out of your garden, is at your fingertips. Ants Mix ¼ cup of icing sugar with one tablespoon of borax and sprinkle where ants hang out. The worker ants will take the powder back to the nest and the nest will be eliminated. Keep […]
When it looks like there’s something amiss with a garden or indoor plant, most gardeners reach for a cure in the form of a plant spray. But there are lots organisms that affect plant health so there is no one solution fits all. To be able to select the right type chemical to apply to […]
You’ve given it love, light and water, but your once-gorgeous indoor plant is now looking like a sulky sad question mark in the corner. What to do? We take a look at some of the common signs of a suffering indoor plant, and how you can nurse it back to health. Factors that impact the health of […]
Mosquitoes turn time outside into an ordeal. Late afternoon and early evening are peak times for mosquito activity in summer gardens. As many mosquito repellents include plant extracts (for example pyrethrum or citronella) one of the dreams held by many gardeners is to find a plant that will repel mosquitoes naturally. Unfortunately there isn’t one, […]
Aphids Green aphids love the tender tips of newly planted pansies, viola and other ornamental seedlings. Also watch out for black aphids that often appear after rain on ornamental shrubs or on the new plant growth of hibiscus, viburnum, murraya, photinia and euonymous that is stimulated after pruning. These pests are a problem because they will […]