Insects and Other Visitors

How to encourage bees in the garden

Symptoms/Signs “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden” Elizabeth Lawrence.
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What to do about Brown Patch on your lawn

Symptoms Circular patches of dead/dying lawn What does this mean for me/my plants?
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How to deal with flies

Symptoms Human illness from contamination What does this mean for me/my plants? Should you not wash your fruit or veggies before you use them, you could run the risk of being contaminated by disease, which flies leave behind, from decomposing organic materials.
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What to do about ants on your plants

Symptoms The pesky little pest (“gogga”) for the month of December will generally leave small heaps of fine sand on the surface above the nests on lawns What does this mean for me/my plants?
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How to treat red spidermite on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for November will most likely cause fine, pale mottling with small yellow/green mites on the underside of leaves and stem.
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How to deal with lawn weeds

Symptoms Our “visitor” of the month for October (not really a “gogga”) manifests itself in the appearance of broadleaf weeds on the lawn, patches of discoloured lawn, and even patches of soil where lawn has been completely destroyed.
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What to do about aphids on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for September will usually manifest with the appearance of colonies of aphids on young plant stems, leaves and buds, as well as honeydew on leaves and fruit, with black sooty mould, or yellowing leaves.
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The whimsical wonder of butterflies!

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for August, butterflies (a friendly visitor), bring colour to the garden and lots of new flowers!
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What to do about cochineal on cacti and prickly pear plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for July, cochineal, are sap-sucking insects that feed only on cacti and prickly pear plants.
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What to do about thrip damage on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for June, thrips, are likely to cause distorted, papery leaves, with pale brown spots on them What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about Cypress aphids on your conifers

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for May, Italian Cypress (or conifer) aphids, will leave sooty mould and stickiness (honeydew) and yellowing foliage on conifers What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about termites in your garden

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for April, termites, will leave ulcerous-looking nests and blowholes on trees What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about cutworm on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for March, cutworm, will often leave seedlings or grass looking fine one day, the next day they have wilted or collapsed What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about ladybird (lovebug) in your garden

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for February, the “lovebug”, is a friendly visitor and they’re colourful, happy looking bugs in the garden What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about lawn caterpillar in your garden

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for January is the lawn caterpillar which often leaves patches of brown or dead lawn What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about snails in your garden

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for December is the snail, which usually bores holes in leaves of vegetables and roses What does this mean for me/my plants?
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What to do about chafer beetle

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for November is the chafer beetle, which usually leave a sticky, silvery slime trail left on plants, soil and stems.
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A bee friendly garden

Recent research tells us that natural homes for bees are becoming less in abundance.
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What to do about fruit flies

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for October will cause prematurely ripe fruit and vegetables, which rot soon after.
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How to treat powdery mildew in your garden

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for September causes raised, blister-like patches on leaves, powdery growth on the surface of the leaf, flowers may turn white and may never bloom.
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