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Disease

  1. What’s that pest or disease?

    What’s that pest or disease?
    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...
  2. Summer pests & diseases checklist

    Summer pests & diseases checklist
    There are many tiny critters and plant diseases that want to feed on your plants over summer. Here’s our checklist for summer nasties, along with quick and easy ways to stop them in their tracks. The quickest way to deal with many pests and diseases is to remove the pest or damaged plant part by hand when it's first seen...
  3. Pesticides 101

    Pesticides 101
    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 cure a plant’s ailments, it...
  4. Autumn and winter garden pests

    Autumn and winter garden pests
    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 distort and weaken new growth...

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