How to stop Frost Damage on plants?

Understanding when and how a frost forms is the first step into preventing the damage it can cause. The worst frosts tend to occur on a cloud-free (clear) night with very little to no wind. Why is this? On still nights with no wind and no clouds, the ambient air cools down very quickly due…

How to Prune Fruit Trees

Winter is the perfect time to prune all your deciduous fruit and ornamental trees in the garden. Pruning your fruit trees will encourage fresh new growth to emerge in the spring, and the development of stronger branches. Pruning can also help encourage your tree to produce more fruit.  Here is an example:  This apricot tree was…

Plant Health: Why do my Azaleas have brown spots on their leaves?

Have you been wondering why there are brown - grey spots on the top and underside of the Azalea leaves?Tetranychus urticae, commonly known as the two-spotted mite or red spider mite, is becoming a common pest in the home garden. Unfortunately, it has become a serious pest amongst many plant species, affecting a wide range of fruits,…

Why do my citrus leaves have a silver trail?

Currently there is a garden pest that is affecting many citrus trees and has a lot of people coming into my work place asking me what is wrong with their plants. Citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella, is a common pest that is currently active in the garden at this time of year when the weather isn’t…

Grapevine Moth

Phalaenoides glycinae, Grapevine moth has been spotted on a few different plants throughout the summer months. The caterpillars have very distinct colourings and patterns, which makes them very easy to identify. These little guys grow to a length of 50mm with a black and white abstract pattern on the upper and underside of their body. Their…

Citrus Leafminer

Citrus Leafminer I’ve been out in my own garden and I have noticed a common pest problem on my citrus trees. Citrus leaf miner is at its prime at this time of year, when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. It is also a common problem in the early months of spring once…