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Pine Tree infested with ants

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 13:39

I have an ant infested lawn / garden, and flowerbeds. The whole 300m2 is like one big ants nest. I just traced them to the pine tree and discovered there are possibly tens of thousands in the root system around the tree! It MUST be the main nest!

It's a tall evergreen tree, I'm not sure the exact species but was told by a gardener recently that it's an original ''Christmas tree'' if that helps.

I used a trowel to dig a small hole in the flower bed around the tree and discovered not only ants but loads of larvae that looked bigger than the ants themselves. Could these be something else or are ant larvae bigger than the ants?

I'm concerned that maybe the whole situation maybe indicative of a larger problem, such as aphids in the tree. The tree has been healthy for 20 years and I want to keep it that way!

Should I put Nippon ant killer powder in the nest and treat the tree with an aphid insecticide?

I don't want to kill the tree.

Any advice appreciated! Thanks

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:29
nightgarden wrote (see)

What's wrong with you all? Ants will do you no harm.

Was waiting for this, had a reply ready. 

Do ruining the lawn, making potholes that sink when you stand on them, spoiling your family's enjoyment of their garden, attracting infestation of spiders that make the wife afraid to live in her home & the possibility of undermining foundations not count as harm?

How to prune these plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:48

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the evergreen hedge doesn't have any leaves on the inside.. so if you cut it back too far, you can see through it. Would the leaves grow back, or would it remain 'holy' as is the case with evergreen trees like pine..

How to prune these plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:41

I've just moved into this old house so I'm still discovering what everything is in the garden

Having posted a similar post, I have 2 more plants I'm looking for advice on

This one is a bit of a mess, should I be pruning it carefully cutting the dead parts out or lopping the whole thing back ready for spring? I don't know what it is but it looks similar to something I planted in a previous garden of mine that had yellow flowers:



 And these (below) look to me like they might be roses..


Can anyone ID this evergreen hedge? (below)... if I trim it back is it like evergreen trees that don't grow new leaves once you cut them off?


 Apologies for the bad photography, my good camera is still packed after the move so I took these on the phone camera .


How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:35

Hi Verdun,

Sorry I forgot to mention I cut the dead 'flowers' off, thats why the first picture was without flowers. They had turned to straw, so I just cut them down.

How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:06

thanks for the replies! I'm so glad to have found this forum.. Interesting to know what it is

I googled Elymus magellanicus and it looks like it can grow to 0.5m in height - this is 1.5m! Perhaps its a uber one?

I am in the south east so quite mild area, would it be ok then for me to chop the whole thing down to the base? I'm tried cutting out the dead bits only but quite tricky

I got the below image from google but it had similar flower type things on it last year:

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:53

We just moved into an old house, the garden is full of moss, weeds (and daffodills!)... I noticed lines of ants running up the driveway for a while but thought nothing more of it.

I have been de-weeding some of the flower beds (quite tricky around the daffs!), but there is one particular bed near the house that as I dug the weeds out, discovered it's full of ants. It looked/ felt like there was almost no soil in there and 80% ants. I aired the soil for a bit, and moved onto the next part, but it seems the ants nest goes along all 5 metres of the flower bed, near the house.

Perhaps not for the squeamish Whilst weeding you couldn't see the fingers of my garden gloves, covered in black ants, after they were starting to get a bit much on my arms and face, I stopped the weeding. I've seen ants of this concentration in large forest ant hills in europe, but not in a UK garden until now.

I'm all in favour of having an eco-system in the garden, but is there anything I can or should do about that particular bed? I'm not sure how any plants will survive there as it's an underground ant cavern

Just out of interest, I've noticed quite a lot of large house spiders running around outside the house in that area, I guess this must be what they're enjoying!  Actually I hadn't realised they feed on ants.. is it possible?

I hope I don't sound like a meanie but I'm not sure the situation can stay the way it is, I look forward to advice, thanks

lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:27

hmm... its not too inspiring that there have been so far no replies to this. We have a similar problem..

How do I prune this plant?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:10

Hi everyone my first post

We just moved into an old house and I'm sorting out the garden. It's got some mature hedges and a mature tree that I'm really pleased about.

There is this messy plant (see picture), I don't know the name but it looks a bit like those ones you see in Holland. How is one supposed to go about sorting this, should I be carefully cutting out the dead bits (they're quite tough! and hard to get to!) or lopping the whole thing down to its base ready for spring?

What is the best way to remove these dead long leaves from the grass - they don't seem to get picked up by a rake




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