Posted: 19/06/2016 at 07:58
Hose or hand for me too, but Dove's right - get birds in your garden and they'll do the job for you.They love my clematis. Slugs and snails are likely to be eating your plants too. The joys of gardening! I have virtually no greenfly/aphids of any kind. I try to steer clear of plants which are really susceptible, which helps, but I realise that people want to grow particular plants and it can be a big issue.
If you suddenly get a big infestation - usually when the weather warms up, there's some rain and therefore new, soft growth, you can use the hose to clear the worst of them initially. After that, blue tits, in particular, will pick them off as they feed their young.