Pests and diseases
If your garden is over run with creepy crawlies (eww!) Bill Blackledge can tell you how to get rid of 'em.
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His knowledge is encyclopedic. After training at the under the then Ministry of Agriculture, Bill spent over twenty years at the Department of Biological and Environmental Services at Lancaster University. Now, he's a regular course tutor at Alston Hall, Longridge and Lancaster Adult College.
For three decades, Bill has travelled the county with fellow judges as a regional judge for North West in Bloom. It would be worthwhile to check for slug and snail damage, but from the way you have described the damage to the flower heads it looks as though it could be birds which are pecking the flower. The coating can be peeled back and the leaf under is dull. Can you suggest a cure? Thank you. They also suffer from Pyracantha Scab and also Fireblight which affects the flower heads. I do feel that it would be worthwhile giving your plant a thorough spray with a fungicide such as Dithane or a systemic fungicide such as Systhane Fungus Fighter which will help to control the spread of powdery mildew and also scab. During August however, its smaller newly formed leaves were showing multitudes of pin holes Matt Prater Game Jersey which multiplied until the fleshy part of the leaves were eaten away, leaving just a skeleton. Since then strong new shoots have turned yellow and lifeless, and I have had to cut it back to older but healthier growth. Can you advise cause and treatment? This condition has also appeared on laurels close by, but they have not been so badly affected. Unfortunately there is not cure for this disease but it is well worthwhile to ensure that both your Fatsia and Laurel receive plenty of feed, mulching and watering during dry periods. You also say that the leaves are now in skeleton form which could have been caused by caterpillars and it is well worthwhile to check closely on the underside of the leaves for tiny caterpillars which can sometimes be difficult to see. Last year his entire apple tree crop was full of the codling moth maggots. He tried a Pherome trap last year without success. Codling Moths pupate during the winter months spending this time in bark crevices and in springtime the adult insects emerge and the female after mating with the male lay their eggs on leaves and young fruits. The resulting caterpillars then burrow eating the inside of the fruit. Pherome Traps work by giving off the same scent as the females and the male is therefore attracted into the trap where the sticky tape kills the males. We have started a log pile, in a shady corner, but I notice coral spot on some of the dead wood. I was too late to identify them as the recent frost and rain has turned them to mush. There were no bootlaces present in the surrounding soil but the wet spongy roots were coated in white mycelium. I cant find any literature that shows paulownia succombing to anything other than honey fungus but the fruiting bodies didn't seem to have collars on their stems. Any ideas? PS the crown is showing dieback and bacterial ooze is pouring from the bark at the base at the site of the fruiting bodies. I am worried as I was planning to plant 10 or so apple trees nearby. The mycelium spores around the base of the tree is one of the symptoms of Honey Dew and I would again check underneath the bark at the base of the tree to see if there are any bootlace strands. The die back of the crown and the bacterial ooze from the bark is a worry but again, like yourself it is difficult to say for certain whether this is has been caused by the Honey Dew fungi and I feel that it would be worthwhile obtaining a second opinion from a Tree Surgeon. With regard to your ten apple trees I would personally refrain from planting until the cause of the problem with your tree has been determined. Also, the leaves on my box plants, which are in pots, are turning brown and have white/creamy tips. At the first sign of damage next year you will need to check the Matt Prater Jersey Orange underside of the leaves to see if there are any small caterpillars present and then spray with an insecticide. Honeysuckles can also suffer from aphids but the damage caused will only cause the leaves to become distorted. It may also be worthwhile to check and see if there are any slimy deposits because quite often you do find that snails eat the leaves of climbing Honeysuckle. With regard to your Box Plants there is a fungal disease which does attack Box causing the leaves to brown and the tips to go grey but I am afraid that there is no product on the market to cure this disease. Please advise many thanks.