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Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 18:21

SwissSue - thanks, yes I am aiming to get in there and weed/cut back once it gets a bit colder, as all insects/mites love me, think I need to wait a while, lol!  Whether that will solve the problem fully I don't know, as it's very shady as well, which I believe they also love.  I can't actually get into the bed at the moment, it's so congested, but the dog pushes his way in, lol, he is long haired as well, you can image what he looks like when he comes out, the saying 'you look like you've come through a hedge backwards' covers it!  ;-)  My husband is the same as you, nothing ever eats him, so jealous, lol.

What's wrong with my conifer?

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 18:00

I had this on one of my conifers (same type) a couple of months age, I have three different types quite close together, but the other two are fine.  I shape them normally, but I left this one and now it's started to grow back green again, I don't know whether it was lack of water (it was just after the VERY hot weather, or what, but it's still got life in it and quite a bit of green now, and the other two are not affected, so I will see how it goes.  

Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:48

Dovefromabove - he is pretty good for obedience usually, and was quite a placid dog, but since we moved here he's gone a bit feral, lol, it's the cat smell which drives him crazy, he loves to chase them and sniff them out, I think the freedom of a larger garden has gone to his head!  ;-)  

At the moment the 'flower bed' consists of a fully grown plum tree, a 30ft fir tree, another large tree, various shrubs and quite a few weeds, lol , no flowers at all, so more of a little woodland than a flower bed.  It's the final part of the garden I need to sort out, I am a one woman band as hubby works full time and prefers to relax with his feet up, lol.  The previous owners lived here 50 years, it's is very heavily planted, and the last few years the elderly lady was on her own, so it's been neglected, but I'm gradually working my way through it.  The picket fence idea may work, I guess I could have a gate incorporated so I can get in there when I need to, thanks.  It is a cottage-garden type garden so that would fit the bill, but I imagine it might cost a fair amount for such a long fence as it must be around 70 ft long  ....  :-0

Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:37

Thanks waterbutts, we are currently using Effipro spray, as recommended by the vet, but it doesn't seem to be that effective.  He is also on a very low dose of steroid to stop the itching, which is working very well, but I don't see that as something I want to use long term.  He is allergic to the liquid that the mites spit into the skin (nice!), which is why he itches so badly that he bites his legs raw. I have put it to the test, let him go in the flower bed freely one week, resulting in lots of bites, then kept him up top for the following week, resulting in no bites at all, it's such a shame as he loves mooching around in his own little woodland, bless him.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:15

We moved here last year, and I'm happy to say our neighbours are great now I have them under control...  Flirting does work, by the way...  ;-)

I knew very little about gardening before we bought this house, don't really know much now, but more than I did, I just love it, I have a well planted 100ft of garden at the back and a nice piece at the front too, I often sit out on the upper level at dusk with my dog, we both love watching the light go dim.  I also garden in the rain.  It's a whole new world, lol.

Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:00

We moved to a new house last year, with a lovely established garden of around 100ft which includes an 8 foot wide 'flower bed' which is more like a mini woodland at the moment (going to thin it out this Autumn).  

Our dog started biting his legs last Summer, to the point where he had to wear a 'cone of shame', and our vet said it would be mites from the fox who killed our rabbits.

Moving into this Summer, and our dog started biting his legs and body again, exactly at the same time of year (mid July) as last year.  No way it could be coincidence, so asked the vet to take skin scrapings, and lo and behold it is harvest mites in the garden. I had never heard of them.  

We have now had a gate made at the top of the steps and put chicken wire either side of the gate to separate the upper and lower gardens.  We let the dog into the bottom garden, let him have a run after his ball, then straight back up top and shut the gate, so he doesn't go into the flower bed, but it's not an enjoyable event, lol, a bit like herding sheep as he is obsessed with going in the flower bed as it's on a cat route...  ;-) 

Sorry, rambled on a bit, lol, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to eradicate the mites, or if that's impossible, any ideas for types of barrier to keep the dog out of the woodland flower bed?  The mites are only a problem from July for 3 months, so don't really want to go to the expense of having a permanent barrier/fence etc put up but then again, want something that looks better than wheelie bins, sun loungers etc.  ;-)  Poor dog is wondering what's going on, bless him.  He probably thinks we have gone slightly mad, lol.

Thanks for any help you can give.  


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:13

Learner Gardener - Yorkshire - hello there to another novice gardener and doggy owner, I bet you have fun with your apprentices, can't imagine trying to garden with puppies around, it's hard enough with my 6 year old puppy-like Tibetan Terrier.    Yes I am loving the gardening a lot, the previous owners were very keen gardeners so it's well established, but the elderly lady was on her own for a few years, so a lot of chopping, cutting back and weeding has been going on, but a year on I am pleased to say it's looking a lot better and I have started to add to it myself.

Daisyheadcase - going out at night with a torch to remove slugs, would I think, finish me off on the sheer anxiety alone, lol, you are very brave....  The egg shells and gravely may work, but think my dear dog may decide to chew on them, but will give it a try, thanks.  I have copper tape around the pots so that's sorted, I hope!  Thanks so much for the link, I will go and have a read, appreciate your help.  


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:15

Sorry for the heading, couldn't help myself...  

I have a large back garden which I am still working on (moved here a year ago), and as I have a dog who thinks the garden is his playground, I am wondering what I can do to control slugs and snails once I get round to planting up the beds as I obviously don't want to kill my dog also. 

Another alternative is to choose plants which slugs and snails won't eat, if there is such a thing??

I have only started gardening in the past few months, so please excuse my ignorance.

Thanks for any advice. 

Violas or pansies. Which is superior?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:03

I love violas too, I planted winter viola bedding plants in baskets and tubs in October and they are still flowering, despite being covered in 4 inches of snow at one point!   In  the past couple of weeks they have really gone crazy and look beautiful!  I have never bothered with winter bedding plants before so wasn't expecting much, and have been amazed at how strong willed violas are.  Does anyone know how much longer they will flower for?  

Front garden re-design

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:52

Thanks to both of you, lots of ideas there, I will have a good google and see what I fancy. 


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