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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 you have …

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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 …

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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, …

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Guardians of the garden – Beneficial (predatory) backyard insects

Secretly, each day, there are millions of insects in gardens fighting the good fight against other insects which cause damage to our loved garden plants and trees. Lets take a look at beneficial insects in the backyard.    Along with the pretty and well-known species that we recognise buzzing about pollinating plant to plant, they are mirrored by those that wish …

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Deter possums from around the home and backyard

Year after year many gardeners are devastated by the damage Possums do to buds, flowers and new growth on their roses, shrubs, trees and herbs. However for over 30 years many rose growers, both amateurs and commercial and others ‘in the know’, have used and confirmed D-TER Animal & Bird Repellent’s real success. “I have used your D-TER for 6 …

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Spring garden pests to control

After being dormant in winter, many garden pests and bugs are on the move in spring. Here are six common garden pests to control.  Bronze orange bug Watch out for these brightly coloured orange bugs on citrus trees and flowers. They suck the sap from young stems and damage new growth. They give off a bad smelling substance when threatened so …

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Indoor Plant Problem Solver and Care Guide

Using plants to furnish your home is a great way to introduce green life into indoor areas. However, as with gardening outdoors, some consideration needs to be given in selecting the appropriate plants to suit the varying climates within the home. Hot spots Many homes have a room which experiences very hot conditions in summer, especially in the afternoons. This …

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