Treating humidity and fungal issues in the garden

A plant in good health can withstand pests and diseases far more efficiently than a struggling plant. When a plant is stressed, it may succumb to the pest and disease far quicker, and the issues may be more severe and harder to treat. Fungal issues usually have certain prevalent precursors before the fungal problems are evident. Fungal disease generally needs …

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Plant Root Rot

Plants dying long after the ‘Big Wet’ has finished? Some trees, shrubs or even pot plants can take up to 3 months to show signs of root rot (phytopthora). Signs of root rot are wilting, dieback at the tips of the branches, yellowing leaves, roots becoming mushy and eventually death. Treating early is key to the plant’s survival. Spray with …

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How to protect vegetables from chewing insects

Protect the harvest you have been nurturing from chewing insects.   • Cover-up – Create a physical barrier by covering leafy vegetables with a fine weave vegetable netting. Sometimes you need to protect only one plant or row of plants. A cloche is a temporary cover, sized and shaped to fit a particular plant. For single plants, make inexpensive cloches …

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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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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 …

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Mango Anthracnose Disease: Black Spots on Leaves


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 …

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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 …

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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, natural treatments are available to assist gardeners in fending off these fungal infestations.   What is powdery …

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Spring Rose Care Tips

Tips for Spring Rose Care

If your desiring a rose display that will rival Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup, then follow these sound spring rose care tips. Pruning Roses Generally, roses should be pruned back by two-thirds in winter but if you haven’t done this by early spring, a gentle pruning to remove dead branches and excess straggly growth should suffice. Feeding Roses When new …

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