What’s Bugging You?
WGC members were asked to name the pest/disease problems that had been pestering them over the past year. Top of the list was vine weevils followed by slugs and snails then rose issues such as aphids and blights.
To understand how best to control them Aleck described the life cycle and breeding conditions favoured by these pests. Then suggested control methods including biological, chemical and physical.
Biological control where possible favours the environment and gardener’s finances especially with nematodes which can initially appear expensive but reduce time and effort plus are more efficient for vine weevils and slug control.
Aleck finished with a warning of pests and disease that are on the horizon and need a watchful eye; namely Xyella which is decimating the European olive groves and can infect many of our garden shrubs. Ash die back, Agapanthus gall mite, rose rosette virus and Asian hornets were covered with the message “DON’T RISK IT”. On foreign visits do not bring - plants, seeds, fruit, vegetables, flowers back to the UK as they all carry the risk of importing diseases that can destroy our plants, trees and crops.
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