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Pest and disease watch for Autumn/Winter

  1. Green aphids love the tender tips of newly planted pansies, viola and other ornamental seedlings,and they will distort and weaken the new growth. Control them by spraying with confidor or another systemic insecticide.
  2. Black aphids appear after the rain on ornamental shrubs,check new growth that it stimulated after pruning hedges of hibiscus, viburnum, murraya, photinia ,and euonymous .
  3. Snails and slugs are on the rampage. Make sure that you protect young seedlings with a water-resistant snail bait. If you have young children or animals make sure that the bait is away from their reach,alternatively spray the area with copper oxychloride or use a snail trap filled with beer.
  4. Small caterpillars love cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and other tender veggies. Dust with derris dust to deter white cabbage moths and butterflies, following the withholding instructions on the packet. Remember to reapply after the rain.
  5. Clean up and destroy the fallen leaves of your rose bushes. Black spot should be controlled with a fungicide or a complete rose spray.
  6. Watch for petal blight on early flowering azaleas. This can destroy the flowers over night in wet weather. As a precaution,spray with a systemic fungicide before the buds start to open. Once they show colour it is too late. Repeat at fortnightly intervals.
  7. Once the leaves fall from prunus trees spray the tree with copper oxychloride to control shot hole that disfigures the leaves.
  8. Pick up mummified fruit from under plums,peaches,apricots,cherries and other fruiting or ornamental stone fruit trees. Check that there is none left remaining on the branches,if so remove them. Put them into the rubbish. These fruit cause brown rot a fungus that carries over into next years crop.
  9. Rust is a fungus that can attack snapdragons, canna lilies, marigolds, geraniums and turf in cold damp weather. Spray with a systemic fungicide.
  10. White Curl grub will eat the roots of your plants and your lawn. They are the larvae of beetles. Drench the soil with confidor if they are in the soil.
  11. Watch your clivias. The winter cold can cause a fungal problem that will rot the neck of the bulb. Spray with anti rot at the first telltale brown blistered patches on the leaves.
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Aphids:

What to look for: Green, yellow, black or brown little bugs feeding on new growth. How to control: Hose off with a strong jet of water or spray with Pyrethrum, Confidor or Conquer.

Callistemon sawfly:

What to look for: Leaves of bottlebrush plants are completely skeletonised. The larvae have a large head and pointed tail and tend to cluster together in a group. How to control: Prune off the damaged or infested parts. Spray with Conquer or Confidor if the pest infestation continues.

Citrus Leaf Miner:

What to look for: Squiggly, silver lines on the new growth of citrus plants. How to control: Clip off affected leaves or spray with Eco-Oil or PestOil every few weeks.

Dollar Spot:

What to look for: Small dead spots in the lawn, this is worse during humid weather. How to control: As soon as you notice it treat with Mancozeb, following packet instructions.

Hibiscus Beetle:

What to look for: Small black beetles eating holes in hibiscus flowers. How to control: Collect and destroy any affected flowers. Spray the plant with Confidor.

Mealybugs:

What to look for: White, fluffy oval shaped insects that cluster together on protected areas of a plant. Generally worse on indoor plants. How to control: Dab a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits on small infestations. For larger problems spray with White Oil.

Passionvine hopper:

What to look for: Small brown moth about 8mm long with lacy-looking wings. How to control: Spray frequently with water for small infestations or try Pyrethrin for larger problems.

Peach Leaf Curl:

What to look for: Leaves of peach, nectarine, almonds or apricots have red blisters on them in spring. The affected leaves will fall off. How to control: Spray Mancozeb to control the problem.

Petal blight:

What to look for: Buds and flowers of azalea plants form small circular spots, which enlarge and can turn the entire bloom brown and slimy. How to control: Cut off any dead and diseased flowers and destroy. Spray as soon as buds discolour with Mancozeb.

Powdery mildew:

What to look for: Faint white spots appear on leaves and gradually the entire leaf surface is covered in a white powder. How to control: Avoid watering leaves late in the day. Spray with a fungicide like Eco-Fungicide.

Psyllid:

What to look for: Bumps on the upper surface of leaves with indents on the underside. How to control: Cut off affected parts and destroy. Water regularly. For larger problems spray with a systemic pesticide such as Conquer.

Root disease:

What to look for: Sudden wilting or die back of plants that can easily be pulled from the soil. Roots are brown instead of white and can smell. How to control: Reduce watering as it is spread through moist soils. Use a root rot drench such as Rot Guard.

Rust:

What to look for: Yellow spots on the underside of leaves on plants such as rose, geranium and iris. How to control: Spray affected plants with Amgrow Rose Spray.

Scale:

What to look for: Pink, white, brown or black small raised dots on leaves or stems. How to control: Spray with Eco-Oil, PestOil or Confidor or scrape off with an old toothbrush or fingernail.

Sooty Mould:

What to look for: A black or grey 'sooty' substance on plant leaves and stems. This fungus grows on the honeydew excreted by sap sucking insects. How to control: A small amount is harmless and can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Control the insects creating the honeydew with PestOil.

Zinc deficiency in citrus plants:

What to look for: New growth will be small and narrow with the area between the veins of the leaf becoming yellow. How to control: If the soil is alkaline add sulphur to increase acidity. Spray leaves with a solution containing zinc. [post_title] => Pest Watch [post_excerpt] => Plants showing signs of attack? Find your symptoms below. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pest-control [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-09-19 01:14:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-09-19 01:14:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://flowerpower.com.au/information/pest-watch/pest-control/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [category_parent] => [category_child] => [product_full_image] => [product_zoom_image] => [product_thumb_image] => [product_currency] => [product_discount] => [product_discount_date_end] => [product_special] => [product_tax] => ) ) [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 239 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2010-04-02 11:14:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2010-04-02 11:14:36 [post_content] =>

Pest and disease watch for Autumn/Winter

  1. Green aphids love the tender tips of newly planted pansies, viola and other ornamental seedlings,and they will distort and weaken the new growth. Control them by spraying with confidor or another systemic insecticide.
  2. Black aphids appear after the rain on ornamental shrubs,check new growth that it stimulated after pruning hedges of hibiscus, viburnum, murraya, photinia ,and euonymous .
  3. Snails and slugs are on the rampage. Make sure that you protect young seedlings with a water-resistant snail bait. If you have young children or animals make sure that the bait is away from their reach,alternatively spray the area with copper oxychloride or use a snail trap filled with beer.
  4. Small caterpillars love cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and other tender veggies. Dust with derris dust to deter white cabbage moths and butterflies, following the withholding instructions on the packet. Remember to reapply after the rain.
  5. Clean up and destroy the fallen leaves of your rose bushes. Black spot should be controlled with a fungicide or a complete rose spray.
  6. Watch for petal blight on early flowering azaleas. This can destroy the flowers over night in wet weather. As a precaution,spray with a systemic fungicide before the buds start to open. Once they show colour it is too late. Repeat at fortnightly intervals.
  7. Once the leaves fall from prunus trees spray the tree with copper oxychloride to control shot hole that disfigures the leaves.
  8. Pick up mummified fruit from under plums,peaches,apricots,cherries and other fruiting or ornamental stone fruit trees. Check that there is none left remaining on the branches,if so remove them. Put them into the rubbish. These fruit cause brown rot a fungus that carries over into next years crop.
  9. Rust is a fungus that can attack snapdragons, canna lilies, marigolds, geraniums and turf in cold damp weather. Spray with a systemic fungicide.
  10. White Curl grub will eat the roots of your plants and your lawn. They are the larvae of beetles. Drench the soil with confidor if they are in the soil.
  11. Watch your clivias. The winter cold can cause a fungal problem that will rot the neck of the bulb. Spray with anti rot at the first telltale brown blistered patches on the leaves.
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Pest and Disease Watch for Autumn and Winter

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Pest and disease watch for Autumn/Winter

Green aphids love the tender tips of newly planted pansies, viola and other ornamental seedlings,and they will distort and weaken the new growth. Control them by spraying with confidor or another systemic insecticide.
Black…

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Aphids:
What to look for:
Green, yellow, black or brown little bugs feeding on new growth.
How to control:
Hose off with a strong jet of water or spray with Pyrethrum, Confidor or Conquer.
Callistemon sawfly:
What to look for:…

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