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Spring Garden Pests in Australia

The increasing daytime temperatures that spring delivers heralds an increase in a few of the usual suspects our gardens experience at this time of year.  The following photos may help to identify and control some of these garden invaders. Grasshoppers Grasshoppers are out and about and love dining on just about any leafy part of a plant. Like most chewing ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well.   The granular shaker bottle means there are no messy concoctions or spraying. For the white curl grub, use the hessian bag test (mentioned earlier) after a week to make sure all grubs are gone. Keep ... Read More »

Citrus tree pests and diseases

Citrus trees are one of the most productive and easy to grow trees in the home garden but just us we love to reap its awards so do pests and diseases. Here is a list of the most common aliments of the citrus tree. Citrus leafminer (Phyllocnistis citrella) tunnels through the young leaves of citrus trees which creates silvery lines. ... Read More »

Cacti and succulent problems

Okay, we all know that cacti and succulents are tough, but if yours aren’t performing as well as expected, here are some trouble-shooting tips… It is important to note here that most pests and diseases can be avoided by giving these plants the correct light, watering and feeding conditions. As with other plants, healthy cacti and succulents will be less ... Read More »

Ant Control in the Garden

Ants can be a manic in the garden

When it comes to gardening, ants can be troublesome and sometimes downright painful, but did you know there is an easy solution to controlling these biting menaces? Ant problems Ants can create many problems in the garden such as building mounds in lawns and causing soil to become dry and water repellent (especially in pot plants) — not to mention ... Read More »

Why is my passionfruit vine not fruiting or flowering

Probably the most common problem for passionfruit grown in home gardens is poor fruit set, which is generally due to a lack of flowers being pollinated. We have listed tips to grow more passionfruit flowers.  This can occur for a number of reasons, the main one being a lack of pollinators. This means there are not enough bees around to pollinate the ... Read More »

Common winter garden pests and diseases in Australia

  Bindii Winter is a time when Bindii start to invade our home turf, causing much pain and frustration. If you have ever walked on a bindii and felt the sharp pain they cause, you may be interested to know that it is actually the seed that forms the prickle. Bindii starts growing in winter and if you kill the ... Read More »

No More Painful Bindii Prickles!

 If you want a perfect lawn that you can walk on without all the painful bindii prickles, then you need to spray now to clean up for spring.   Winter is a time when many nuisance weeds and prickles seem to invade our home turf, causing much pain and frustration. One such major nuisance weed is the bindii.   If ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns How to Detect Lawn Grubs

how to indentify if you have a lawn grub infestation

There are two main types of lawn grub, each of which can cause devastation to lawns before you are even aware of their presence. Here are some easy ways to recognise and deal with them before they do too much damage. White curl grub The first type of lawn grub is the white curl grub. These white, ‘C’-shaped grubs are ... Read More »

Herbs for healthy lifestyle – Natural Medicine

Herbs provide more than just flavour enhancers to our culinary dishes, they enrich our overall well-being.   Today we think of herbs as culinary flavouring agents and they are essential to any good cook. They are almost as essential to any gardener, being amongst the easiest food plants to grow. Many herbs are perennial and are fairly easy to grow, ... Read More »