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Looking at the video, it looks like a pretty typical whitefly. They aren't uncommon on tomatoes (or in your garden in general), and they typically do the most damage by transmitting disease. UC Davis has a good summary page: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r783301211.html From my own personal experience, there are three things that can help. The first is ...


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This site describes (with copious pictures) the problem you are having. A possible solution from the site: Andrea from LifestyleBlock suggested I try using a solution of apple cider vinegar and spray the strawberries several times a day. Since I only had white vinegar I used that instead. The mix I did was 1 tablespoon vinegar to a litre of water. For 5 ...


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That looks like the worst case of scale I've ever seen. Are the tops of the leaves sticky, and is there more of it on the central rib of each leaf (top and/or bottom)? If so, that pretty much clinches it. Yes, you definitely need to treat it. You'll find some advice here, but maybe someone has better advice for such a horrible infestation. What I would ...


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I don't think those are eggs. I think they are aphids. Put your gloves on and squish them. It will be easiest, and little is in fact lost, to just remove heavily infested tissue, such as the leaf you show; crush it as you discard it. A jet from your garden hose will usually remedy problems before they become serious if you just make a habit of 'blasting' ...


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You can make your own all natural squirrel repellent at home that won't (shouldn't) kill the grass. In a 2oz pot of water add the following ingredients. 2 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper one chopped Jalapeno pepper one chopped onion Boil for 20 minutes and then let cool with the lid on it. Strain liquid threw a cheese cloth into a ...


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Those are grubs. There are a lot of kinds of grubs, though, and they look so similar, you often can only tell them apart by their rear ends (seriously, see below) They feed on roots (usually turf, but also trees, perennials, and other plants) as larvae, and then emerge from the ground as beetles, which feed on the leaves. I think they might be masked ...


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Earwigs like to come out at night when you're not looking and eat flowers and new growth. Remove mulch like bark or piles of leaves from the immediate area. a thin layer of diatomaceous earth around the basil will discourage them. However this will have to be redone after a rainfall Longer term solutions are consider where you have planted basil as ...


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My strawberries were damaged in the same way as yours, last year. The culprits proved to be Strawberry Seed Beetles (black, about 1cm long), which were living among some weeds nearby. They remove seeds from the outside of the fruit and also eat into it. I had netted the bed to protect it from birds, but had failed to weed around it - and these beetles are ...


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Options: .22 (check local ordinances...killing them may not be allowed) trap and release (release far away...again, check local ordinances) metal mesh. Squirrels don't like digging through wire. This is a great technique for protecting flower bulbs...not as practical for a yard. repellent (the stuff I've used that seems to work OK is a mix of garlic, ...


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I volunteered at a heritage garden (shameless plug for a place worth visiting) that had old crab apple and their bark did exfoliate or peel in little scales about two inches high by an inch wide. This is normal for mature crab apple and apple trees. What is in your pictures doesn't look like a mature tree with a trunk over eight inches in diameter and ...


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Another point of view. The beetles usually only attack trees that are compromised healthwise. They don't generally attack small trees. By the time the trees are large enough to attack, the beetles will have moved on, looking for new food sources, and the trees are going to be no more susceptible than any others. The trees should be kept healthy; the ...


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If anything, I have heard arguments (likely anecdotal) that plants like Tarragon and Basil actually repel some insects, possibly at a range of a few feet. Roses on the other hand, tend to be victimized by a wide range of insects and diseases regardless of what they are planted near. They are not exactly a low maintenance plant. I would suggest searching ...


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I use chicken wire to keep squirrels out of my garden. They are always digging holes there and burying acorns. One thing I've noticed: they always go for open soil, and once plants are established there they don't seem to dig and bury stuff anymore. So you might try the mesh until you can get other vegetation better established. I was going to put mesh ...


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This won't treat your soil, but introducing Ladybirds(we call them ladybugs here) may help per this answer. They are available in the UK as larvae through Amazon in more controlled quantities than they are in the states (where you can buy about 1500 fully grown live ones for that price). However you may be able to find a garden center or local agricultural ...


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Best guess based on the video is that you have some sort of aphid. Is it soft bodied? A close-up, in-focus photo of the insect would be helpful. If they are aphids, you can knock them off with a spray of water, or spray with a dilute solution of soap (about 1 tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water).


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I've had this happen many times over the years. In my case, it was flocks of crows tearing up the lawn looking for grubs. It's almost comical how they rip out a piece of sod and toss it over their shoulder. Almost. On the other hand, the grubs can't be good either. You might want to try some grub killer.


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As it turns out, the answer was as Mike Perry suggested in the comments on the question: wait and see. One year after I posted this question, the previously "bad" Lupin is growing and flowering strongly, while the "good" Lupin is a lot smaller than last year, but otherwise looks healthy:


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I love chickens, but let's not forget beneficial nematodes: From The Royal Horticultural Society You can buy pathogenic nematodes, Heterorhabditis megidis or H. bacteriophora, which attack the larvae by infecting them with a fatal bacterial disease. These microscopic animals can be watered into the lawn when the ground is moist and soil temperature ...


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Since poorly maintained blueberry bushes can be pruned right to the ground, it's likely your plants will survive their animal pruning. You will need to tidy them up though, and protect them from animal damage in the future. The good thing is you are in the right month in the northern hemisphere to prune. www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/production/pdfs/...


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Lupins are notoriously susceptible to slugs and snails, which never go further than they have to from their retreat. My guess would be that somewhere near the lupin that is being eaten a snail lurks beneath a flowerpot or a brick.


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*NORTH AMERICAN (Check to ensure predatory insects can be introduced in the UK) There is a pretty good research article from Cornell University. It does not specifically list pesticides that you could place around the base, however, there may be a few other options that you will find suitable. Such as inducing a predator insect to attack the beetle: ...


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The long split probably is canker, Maples are susceptible to it. The full name of one variety that affects Maples is Eutypella Canker. There are other species specific fungal cankers as well. It's a fungal oozing infection that gets into wounds and kills the cambium layer. I would have a tree professional have a look at it as it will affect the future ...


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You probably have an Aphid problem - it's not a disease per se and it's not mold, just an infestation. They leave the white gooey stuff on the bottom of the leaves. I use Bug-B-Gone and it seems to work fine. You can buy it in a concentrate and then mix with water and spray with a spray bottle. I think it's about 15 bucks from Home Cheapo or amazon. If you ...


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In my experience, this kind of hole is often caused by slugs. Slugs stay hidden during the sunlight period and pop out during wet night and rainy days, making them difficult to spot. Note that it can be caterpillar, thumbtack (not sure of this translation) or even birds. For identifing the "pest", watch for your plants patiently and minutely. To fight the ...


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I had/have the same problem -as they never go away, keep coming back once they get used to one solution. Check if there are no chipmunks, they might also be digging and making a mess. I have used moth balls and it worked for a while. When they came back to a different area -I have a very small flower bed area- now I'm using the pepper solution w/o jalapenos ...


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My best guess is plum curculio (see Figure 2, looks like yours). "The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control" (p170) suggests spreading a cloth on the ground and tapping the tree -- twice a day -- with a padded mallet. Gather up the bugs that fall and destroy. Or pasture your chickens in the orchard... Or they suggest spraying "...


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Yes, they will be fine. As the energy of the plant was exhausted by producing the bud, it need to store the energy again in the coming year. If the deers didn't ate the whole lily and some leaves are still there, they can do photosynthesis thus storing the nutrient again. And when the next suitable season come, the flower will still bloom. After all, if ...


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In "The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Disease and Pest Control", p. 265 talks about Flea Beetles. The adults chew holes in the leaves, the larvae feed on the roots. They suggest: using garlic spray or kaolin clay to repel the beetles use parasitic nematodes on the roots to control larvae as a last resort, use Beauveria bassiana or spinosad; you ...


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Last year we grew chives right next to basil in our square foot garden and had absolutely no pest problems near the chives. I am not sure if chives repel earwigs though. I did find this article however.


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Chili pepper oil or garlic should work in the short term but you can't be out there applying it every other day. I will admit to buying some fox urine from a hunting supply store and that made them scarce for a while. It too suffers from loosing effectiveness unless reapplied on a regular basis. I've found that most rabbits will eat a wide variety of ...



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