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Here are the slides from our garden problem solver seminar. Thank you to everyone who attended please feel free to contact us with any further questions. Weed Identification Insect Identification Disease Identification

Aphids Aphids are green, brown, red or black soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices causing stunting and deformation of leaves and blooms. They are found on the underside of leaves, usually on the newer, more succulent growth. They deposit sticky honeydew on the leaves, which can lead to sooty mold. They reproduce quickly and may

Spider mites  Spider mites are tiny sap sucking insects found on the underside of leaves. Warm temperatures and low humidity will cause them to spread more rapidly.  They usually go unnoticed until fine webbing is evident.  Control:  Increase humidity by misting or placing a pebble tray under the pot. Rinse plants with water to remove

Mealybugs Mealybugs are white, oval and usually covered in a white substance that looks like cotton fluff. They are found individually or in clusters on stems, leaves and where the leaf  joins the stem. They suck plant juices and weaken the plants over time. They crawl slowly and leave sticky honeydew behind. Control: Use an

Scale Insects: These are sap sucking insects which will weaken a plant over time. They appear as hard round “bumps” on the underside of leaves and along the stems. They can also emit sticky honeydew, which can be followed by sooty mold.  Control: These can be difficult to treat at the adult stage because they

  Whiteflies:  Whiteflies are small flies with white wings that fly up in large numbers when the plant is disturbed, which can make them difficult to control. These insects multiply quickly and can spread to other plants rapidly. They are most commonly a pest of  indoor plants and are usually found on the underside of

Birds in Your Garden   What attracts birds to your garden?  There are several factors that will make a garden attractive to birds.  These factors are the availability of shelter, food and water.  If you want to attract birds to your garden, it is best to cater to all of these factors the best you

Poinsettias  Botanical name:  Euphorbia pulcherrima  The plant is native to Mexico and was brought to the US in the 1820s by the American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.  They are available in many colours: red, yellow, peach, pink and ivory.  Some of the varieties include Plum Pudding, Winter Rose and Jingle Bells.    How to

Nematodes Controlling Lawn Pests Naturally  Nematodes are naturally occurring, microscopic worms that are applied to lawns for control of White Grubs.  They infest and kill their prey within 24 – 48 hours and take 7 – 21 days to clear the area. They continue to reproduce, with the young seeking out new pests to infest.

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