Protect your garden from being attacked and eaten by bugs

Spring is the important time on the garden calendar, and time to sow many common vegetables like broccoli, carrots, tomato, zucchini, cauliflower and spring onions. However all your hard work can be ruined when bugs and fungus feast on them first.

Aphids are small insects that vary in colour and live in colonies. They damage plants by eating nutrients found in their living tissue.

Plants show signs of an aphid problem through yellow-brown leaves, black spots on leaves, stunted growth, and a sticky substance known as honey-dew that they leave behind.

You can spray the plant with cold water to dislodge them from the plant. If the problem persists spray with pyrethrum or use eco-oil for an organic remedy.

Use a good quality garden sprayer like the Hudson Bugwiser 4-Litre Poly Sprayer, which is ideal for weekend gardening and other spraying needs around the home. Quality and convenient features provide for frequent, long-lasting use.

The Bugwiser 4-Litre Poly Sprayer includes a wide, deep funnel for faster filling with less risk of spillage, a long-reaching and non-kinking hose, plus a heavy-duty, curved brass spray wand.

It has a translucent tank for easy viewing of liquid level, high-performance poly pump for less work, pressure release on the tank, plus a large and comfortable Thrustless on/off valve.

Stop snails and slugs too

Snails and slugs are a significant problem to the garden as they damage seedlings. If you find that there are large holes in leaves, destroyed seedlings and shiny silver trails, then you may have an infestation.

A bowl of beer can be placed in the garden. This solution attracts the snails to travel into the bowl and drown.

Alternatively you can spray an espresso coffee solution over mulch or into plants where slugs and snails come. To make this solution add one part fresh espresso to five parts water.

Another handy tip is to clean the garden from fallen leaves and branches, remove over-ripe fruits and vegetables, and prune plants and trees from rotting branches.

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