5 tips for managing garden pests and diseases in Autumn:
- Aphids still have plenty of time to be active in your garden on new shoots and roses. Spray with Confidor or Pest Oil.
- Keep on top of Black Spot on roses, always removing any spotted leaves you find and spray with a good quality fungicide if outbreaks are severe.
- Citrus Leafminer will also be a problem at this time of year and is easily identified by silvery lines on the surface of leaves or curling of the leaf usually on new shoots. Remove as many damaged leaves and shoots as possible and then spray the whole tree with Pest oil ensuring both sides of the leaf are contacted.
- Spray Camellias and Azaleas for mites and lace bugs (look for silver/rust coloured leaves or fine white dust near the midrib). Azaleas and Camellias will be flowering soon which will be followed by new growth that will be easily re-infected with mites and lace bugs if not treated beforehand. Use Confidor spray also available in easy to use capsules.
- And lastly don’t forget potted plants, you may think with all this rain you can stop watering pots however most rain falling on potted plants hits the foliage and is deflected to the ground leaving the soil dry.
Enjoy your garden.