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Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:03

Lion manure- awful smell, couldn't bear to be near it (never mind any cat).

Pepper dust works well in dry conditions but needs reapplying after every rain.

Ditto garlic granules.

Don't bother with deterrents like a metal cat shape with glass eyes, or cat sticks dipped in scents they don't like...our local mogges went as far as to poo right on top if them.

Best solution I've found is obstruction: I cut a length of bamboo cane into 6" lengths and sink them into the soil at regular intervals so they can't get in amongst them and start scratching around.

Cheap, very effective and humane.

 

Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:20

Sadly I have some experience of these nasty little critters, which often over wintered very nicely in my London garden...

they usually overwinter as grubs, then (unless it has been a very mild winter, in which case they could be destructive earlier), they'll usually become active in Spring, eating everything they can find close by. Apparently they don't travel far from the host plant mummy laid them in 

They then hatch as beetles over the summer and start laying eggs - up to 1000 a season. The bad news is that they're also all females!

so by spring, the grubs are nice and plump, getting plumper by the day and raring to go - that's why nematodes work best then...and in autumn to catch the early young grubs or the other ones from spring you may have missed.

I profoundly hate them.

can you tell? 

But I have to say that if you keep on top of them twice yearly with nematodes, it does work.

i also use provado but ONLY on containerised plants (particularly vulnerable to weevils) and only for non-edibles and plants that are not pollinated or don't have obvious flowers. I am very scared of harming bees and this is the first year I have used provado (I blame Verdun, who swears by it ) in my life.

but I did get very sick of seeing more vulnerable plants die...not from weevil necessarily, but all- round 24/7 attack by RSM, leaf miners, aphids and everything. Fed up!

 

good luck 

 

Year-old photinia "red robin" hedge looking sick

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:34
Vine weevil grubs? I know you've checked roots, but it only takes a couple to decimate the trunk roots of a plant, which then literally fades and dies in a couple of days...I should know

Is my garden shady?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:20

Hi Nitram,

 

its a fabulous exposure - I have that in part of my garden too.

agree with salino- I have some sun lovers in that exposure and they're very happy.

depending on what colours you like, try some of the cranesbill pernennial geraniums - they love partial shade. Also astilbes (they come in many different shades, huecheras (ditto for colours), acers, irises, ferns, some camellias, some roses and clematis varieties...the possibilities are endless! 

Actually, the hottest sun is from 1/2pm onwards, so your plants will need to be quite happy with that as they'll have more hours in the sun than out.

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:43

Photo please 

Name that shrub

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:56

 Me too

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 18:35

Thanks Dave - will do. Bloomin' pests...

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:29

Blimey Muddy - that's not good news Am I best off chucking them out, do you think, before they spread, or do they tend to prefer certain plants over others?

many thanks for your advice.

pests ID needed please!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 13:32

Hello,

I'm a bit stupid when it comes to identifying these pests - never had them before.

I'm attaching some photos, in the hope somebody has been there before!

The Rudbeckia was doing so well up until a week ago and most of the leaves are now damaged.

The Hebe has some dried, brown-edged leaves around the outside of the plant mainly and has lost the freshness it had a while ago. same with the 

The rosemary, marjoram, plus some thymes and other smaller shrubs, all have a strange spotty yellow appearance on the leaves.

What's going on?! 

Also, I have been cleaning up those revolting little yellow/green grubs that sit in a little hammock of what looks like spit (!), in the crook of a plant stem, all week - they are everywhere. They hatch into a flying insect I think, but I can't recall the name. Thought they were harmless to plants though? 

Help!

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