Controlling aphids in the garden.
Aphids are insects that suck the sap from plants, which in turn effects growth and cause a lack of vigour. They can also transmit plant viruses.
Know as greenfly or blackfly, these insects suck the sap from foliage, stems and flowers but actually feed from the roots. Most aphids go through an annual cycle involving two or more host plants. Overwintering eggs are laid on trees or shrubs and once hatched in the spring, young aphids migrate to less woody summer host plants. Gardeners should check susceptible plants regularly from spring and treat accordingly.
Name: Aphids, greenfly, blackfly, plant lice
Affected: Most plants
Symptoms: Poor and distorted growth, sticky honeydew and sooty molds
Active: Spring to late summer
Predators: Ladybirds, beetles and hoverflies
Check susceptible plants from spring onwards to control the population. If checked regularly, colonies can simply be squashed. Alternatively, encourage natural predators, or purchase their larvae as a means of natural control.
There are a number of organic sprays and plant oils available which can give good control of aphids. They have a short persistence though and need to be applied regularly. Controlling overwintering eggs with a plant oil winter wash between November and February can be highly effective.
Plant invigorators combine nutrients to stimulate plant growth with surfactants or fatty acids that have a physical mode of action against aphids.
> Pesticides for home gardeners
> Encouraging native insects
Measure My Lawn Online
Want a guideline price to cut your lawn?
Get an indicative price to cut your lawn without even stepping outside to measure your lawn. Don't forget though - we offer so much more than simply grass cutting. We're passionate about offering the full garden maintenance package. Let us keep your garden looking simply amazing all year round.
Jobs for this month
As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is now clear that summer is approaching. Sowing and planting out bedding can begin, depending on regional weather variations, and you can take softwood cuttings. It's also time to get back into the lawn mowing regime, as the lawn will be loving the warmer temperatures this month brings.
Punctual & friendly
Darren and his colleague transformed our scrappy, lumpy garden into a beautiful lawn! They were punctual, friendly and got on with the job with no bother.