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Leatherjacket Grub

Leatherjackets in Lawns

By Lisa Smith | 9th May 2014

Leatherjackets are the pupal stage of the Crane Fly or Daddy Long Legs You may have seen a number of small grey grubs in your lawn when you mow or trim the edges – these are most likely the larvae of Crane Flies, known as ‘Leatherjackets’. These grubs are laid by adult Daddy Long Legs…

Pests and Diseases

Slugs and Snails

By Lisa Smith | 12th February 2014

The bane of many growers, slugs and snails have long been ‘Enemy Number One’ to British gardens. The combination of mild winters and wet weather is perfect conditions for these molluscs to thrive in. Seedlings and new growth in the spring are firm favourites to get targeted and chomped by our slimy residents. What steps…

Honey Fungus

Honey Fungus Treatment

By Lisa Smith | 6th August 2013

Armillaria mellea – Honey Fungus – Armillaria Root Rot Honey Fungus is usually detected in the Autumn when toadstools appear around dead and dying plants.  They are one of the most prevalent root diseases, parasitizing many plant species and infecting neighboring plants through the soil. Although these fungi can become a serious disease for gardeners,…

New Forest Deer

Deer Resistant Plants

By Lisa Smith | 5th August 2013

The following varieties are relatively deer resistant plants. Agapanthus Aquilegia Azalea (deciduous) Bamboo Berberis (not purple-leaved) Box Buddleja davidii Chaenomeles Choisya ternate Chrysanthemum maximum Cistus Clematis spp. Cotinus coggygria (not purple) Cornus sanguinea Daphne spp. Delphinium Forsythia Foxglove Gaultheria shaallon Goosberry Hellebores Hippophaerhamnoides Honeysuckle Hydrangea Jasmine (Winter/Summer types) Kerria japonica Kniphofia Lavender Lonicera Nitida Lupins…

Rabbit resistant plants

Rabbit Resistant Plants

By Lisa Smith | 5th August 2013

Some information on rabbits Rabbits are a common garden pest, particularly in rural areas. They have been known to inflict sunstantial damage to trees, shrubs and perennials, with the tell-tale signs of rabbit droppings and stripped bark around the bases of woody trees. They generally do most of their feeding under cover of darkness, however…

Adult Cranefly

Feed and Disease

By Lisa Smith | 9th February 2013

Feed: General balanced compound fertilizers: Growmore or Fish, Blood and Bone – apply in spring, two weeks before planting Foliar feeds: mixed with water and sprayed onto foliage. Regarded as a quick fix and can often be wasteful. Do not apply during direct sunlight as can cause scorching. Compost tea: Brewed compost mix that is…

Vine Weevil Control

By Lisa Smith | 6th February 2013

Plants growing in pots or other containers, out of doors or under cover, can be severely affected by vine weevil grubs. Plants growing in the open ground are less likely to be damaged, although the grubs sometimes kill strawberries, primulas, polyanthus, Sedum, Heuchera and young yew plants. The adult beetles feed on the foliage of…

Scale Insect Control

By Lisa Smith | 6th February 2013

A wide range of ornamental plants and fruit trees grown out of doors can be attacked. Several species of scale insects are confined to plants growing in glasshouses or other sheltered places. Scales or shell-like bumps can be seen on stems and the underside of leaves. Heavy infestations may result in poor growth. Some species…