Friend or Foe?

Find out if that bug on your plant is a gardener’s friend or a foe.
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Leatherjackets

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Leatherjackets cause havoc in lawns, eating the roots of grass. Pippa Greenwood has some good tips for ridding your lawn of these pests.

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ladybird larva

Ladybird larvae

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The black and orange ladybird larvae are a strange sight to see in the garden, but they are a gardener’s friend – devouring a massive amount of bugs before pupating in summer and emerging as ladybirds.

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed

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If you’ve heard the horror stories about Japanese knotweed you might want to know how to identify it and whether it’s really as bad as everyone makes out?

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honey fungus

Honey Fungus

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Keep an eye out for the dreaded honey fungus. Pippa Greenwood shares her wisdom on identifying this most terrifying garden fungus.

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rosemary beetle

Rosemary beetle

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Look out for the rosemary beetle – a psychedelic shiny, stripy purple and green metallic beetle – on rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme plants.

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Bee on a dandelion flower

Dandelions

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Don’t reach for the weedkiller when you see dandelions. Considered weeds by some, these spring flowers are a vital pollen source for bees.

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lawn moss

Lawn moss

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Lawn moss can quickly take over a lawn if the conditions for its growth are right, but what can you do to reduce its effect and stop it in its tracks?

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Chafer grubs.

Chafer grubs

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If your lawn is being dug up by badgers or attracting birds, you may have chafer grubs feeding on the roots. Find out how to get rid of these lawn pests.

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white fly

Whitefly in the greenhouse

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If you’re met by a cloud of tiny white flying insects when you go into your greenhouse, it’s probaby glasshouse whitefly. Act now to get rid of these pests.

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Powdery mildew

Powdery mildew

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Powdery mildews have got to be just about the most widespread fungal problem in gardens. There are many types but […]