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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 ... Read More »

Pawpaw Black Spot: Mildew Disease

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Watch out for Black Spot on your pawpaws, generally seen in cool weather or after periods of wet weather. Plants lacking in minerals and unbalanced soil structures are more susceptible to diseases. Add a layer of 5IN1® Organic Plant Food over the soil and water plant with a dose of Searles Liquid Potash to keep pawpaws healthy and fruiting. How to ... Read More »

Hibiscus Flower Beetle Garden Pest

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The worst pest of the hibiscus is the hibiscus flower beetle, which feeds on the unopened and developing flower bud. Healthy plants will detect the hibiscus beetle and drop the damaged flower buds, so if you notice flowers falling prematurely it can usually be taken as a sign of the beetle’s presence. Control hibiscus beetle and aphids on hibiscus with ... Read More »

Mango Anthracnose Disease: Black Spots on Leaves

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Summer is the time you should start seeing developing mangos on your tree. If you notice a black spotting and dying off of the leaves you may have Anthracnose disease. Anthracnose is a fungal disease which can come on very quickly, usually during periods of long wet weather. It spreads from leaves to fruit flower, preventing fruit development. Treat Anthracnose with ... Read More »

Preventing and Controlling Rats in the Garden

Got rats hanging out in your garden? here are some top tips to help you get rid of the problem

Walking around your lovingly tended garden you check your budding fruit trees and listen to the cluck, cluck, clucking of your chickens when you suddenly spot something that makes you stop dead in your tracks. The hair on the nape of your neck raises and your skin starts to crawl. On the path in front of you, you discover RAT ... Read More »

How to Use a Soil pH Test Kit

If you find your plants are not growing well, then it might be time to check your soil pH!   The easiest why to test your soil pH is to use an off the shelf kit, such as Searles Soil pH Test Kit. These kits have everything you require and can be used several times.   Optimum pH range Soil ... Read More »

Searles® Garden News: Ecofend™ Organic Pest Control Range

Great News! Ecofend™ is now an Australian Organic Registered Garden Product range which will enable you to have organic solutions for garden pests.   Ecofend™ Vegetable & Garden Insect & Mite Spray is a safe and effective soap based spray to use on vegetables, fruit trees, pot plants and ornamentals in the garden. This product works in the same ways as an insecticide ... Read More »

5 Common Spring Plant Health Problems

Spring is a time for gardens to sing with life and colour, but it’s also a time for some common plant health problems to arise. Problem 1: Psyllids Lilly-pilly trees are a very popular hedging plant, but can be vulnerable to psyllids which cause unsightly, but harmless lesions on new growth. To avoid this problem ask your local garden expert ... Read More »

Natural Rose Care Treatments for Powdery Mildew & Black Spot

Sub-tropical and tropical climates provide the perfect humid conditions for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and black spot to thrive. These fungal diseases can severely stress the plant and diminish its performance, resulting in fewer blooms and a sickly looking plant. However, there are natural treatments available to assist gardeners in fending off these fungal infestations.   What is powdery ... Read More »