Berghill


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Friend or Foe?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:45

I once, as an experiment, dropped a vine weevil adult in to a glass of pure Bleach. It swam around happily for 24 hours. You try it! See how long you survive!   Don't do it!

woolly aphid on crab apple tree

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:39

The trouble with any insecticide is that the coating on the aphids is waterproof and stops the stuff from  reaching the actual bug.. Lynda did say she does not use pesticides so Pyrthrum based sprays would not be her preferred option.  And sorry to harp on about it, but Pythrethroids are extremely toxic to bees.

If the infestation is small you can dab each aphid with a cotton bud dipped in Methylated spirits. That kills them.

woolly aphid on crab apple tree

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 08:21

Used properly the soap (indeed any soap)  will remove the waxy coating (the woolly bit) from the insect and then a good spray with a power washer (set so it does not damage the bark), will drown the blighters. You may have to repeat the treatment, but it does work, or at least it worked for us.

Friend or Foe?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:19

That is an adult Vine weevil for sure.

woolly aphid on crab apple tree

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:16

They are a real nuisance. Try using a Horticultural soft soap. This is made from plant material and is reasonably organic.

another plant/weed ID!

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 09:07

If it is a wild violet then whilst it is very pretty, they are terribly invasive. They are also difficult to remove from where you do not want them as the roots, even on tiny seedlings go down a long way.

EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 21:06

Well, just discovered that  it has split a weed suppressing membrane sheet and is growing in the gravel path. Rather annoying.

Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:17

I am not an 'absolutist' but I have seen bees taking pollen from Provado treated plants and dropping dead almost immediately. They did change the formula so it is not as deadly as it was, but since we have spent 20 years building up the bee polulation in this garden, I am not going to take any risks.

We find now that we rarely get any major infestations of anything as the garden seems to be in reasonble balance.

I do use weedkiller, very carefully as there seems to be evidence that it is not broken down in the soil as claimed.

I soray my fruit trees with an Insecticidal soap and later on with Copper sulphate. Will do the potatoes with it as well. But only when the insects are not around.

 

Primroses

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:05

If the plants in question are on your own property then you may dig them up. However as you say they are tucked away in a wall then seed is the best option. Keep your eye on the plants and collect the seed when it seperates easily from the seed pod. Sow straight away in ordinary cojpost, put somewhere shay and keep moist. Do not bury the seed, it is best surface sown. It should berminate the following Spring.

Or just throw the seed on the soil at the base of the wall and let nature take its cours.

Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 17:59

If you are not into killing bees by using Neonicotinoids (Vine Weevil Killer) then spread the soil out thinly and go over it with a Weed Wand (Flame gun type thing) or try as we used to do, using a steam wall paper stripper. It sterilises the compost very nicely.

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