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Codling Moths

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 23:58

Thanks for your responses - really helps to know that it's not an isolated problem!  Sorry to hear about your trees, Berghill and Green Magpie.  I feel your pain!  

David K - when you use the pheromone trap with the spraying, is it when you begin to catch 'more' male codling moths, it's time to spray?  And what is the winter tar oil wash regime?  I used grease bands, but no luck (and I suppose, they don't really help with the codling moths which affect the fruit).

 

Codling Moths

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 13:11

I've begun to harvest some apples and almost literally EVERY apple has been affected by codling moth.  Last year was not nearly as bad - we still had a really good crop of apples which were unaffected.  Not so this year.  

I've been reading about pheromone traps and spraying (my tree is quite a mature and large tree), and the RHS website mentions using the pheromone traps to count the number of male wasps caught and then timing the spraying accordingly. This sounds very complicated.  But if you've also been battling with codling moths, what have you been doing and how would you recommend tackling this problem so it doesn't happen (as badly) next year?

I also wonder if it's been a bad year because of my pruning the tree (?).  We inherited the tree when we moved in last year, and before then, it had never been pruned, fertilised, etc.  Since then, I've done two summer prunings, 1 winter pruning, and fertilised the tree.  I've noticed that the fruit is not as plentiful but much bigger than this year, but alas, spoiled by those codling moths.

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 11:50

Thanks for all the advice and suggestions!  I will definitely fork as much as I can and the cosmos and pelargoniums are a brilliant idea.  Will try and get those seeds, as you recommend, Artjak. 

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 00:19

Thanks so much for the kind comment, Gardeningfantic!  Really appreciate it (especially when I simply see everything that needs to be fixed!).  I hope that your garden rejuvenates soon, too.

Just an update, I've just bought a bunch of July / August flowering perennials from Crocus (hard to resist when they're on sale).  I got a couple of varieties of salvias, some penstemons, alstroemerias, and phlox. I'm also going to try and get some bedding plants.

But mulling everything over, it suddenly occurred to me that I have not seen any worm casts recently round my beds, nor many worms (at all) when I dug the soil recently.  I think the compaction has become a real problem, and perhaps I didn't mulch / dig in as much homemade compost as I should have at the beginning of the year.  So I've bought some Levington's farmyard manure and will mix it with my compost, and just mulch about 4 inches or so around the beds - I can't dig it in with so many plants in the beds.

Hopefully that'll do the trick...

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 10:13

Thanks so much, Lucky 3, for the suggestion!  I'll take a look and get some ideas 

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:38

How beautiful!  Thanks for sharing the photo !

 

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:32

gosh, I really just missed that.  How silly of me. 

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:17

Lyn, can you direct me to Bekkie's seed / plant wish list?

Pansyface, as your garden is hitting it's stride now, what specific plants are you growing?

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:13

I guess the difficult thing is to try and stagger everything so there are moments throughout the summer!!!

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 21:09

Thanks so much bekkie!  Good luck with yours! 

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