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Protect your vulnerable plants to help survive winter

Protect your favourite delicate young plants this winter with cloches and plant protection equipment found in this category. During the year there are some plants that will need your help to survive winter, or maybe you are looking to have a head start on your crop this year.

Either way you will find what you are looking for in this section of plant protection.

We have a huge range of items suitable for protecting your young plants, from fleeces, to netting, and may sizes of Polythene tunnel.

How to control snails and slugs in your garden

Snails and slugs are by far the most bothersome creatures in the garden, they prefer Seedlings and plants with luscious foliage so these plants must be protected.

The first step to controlling slugs in your garden is to eradicate some of their hiding places, leafy branches growing close to the ground, boards and stones. Setting beer traps is a safe and humane way to control your pests. Fill a small container of beer and sink it into the ground. The slugs will crawl in and drown happy. You may want to put a loose cover over the beer trap to Shade it and prevent rain from diluting it.

Handpicking can be very effective if done every day, water the infested area in the late afternoon and after dark search for them and discard of them.

Copper barriers are effective because the copper reacts with the slime that the snail or slug produces, causing a flow of electricity. 

An other environmentally sound option we've heard of is to boil a bulb of garlic in some water to make a garlic solution, then everytime you water your plants add some of this solution to your watering can or to a water sprayer. This is a completely natural product and should do no harm to any of your plants.

If you use anti snail pellets start to disperse them already as early as end of February, and repeat to do so once a month until end of July, the young snails that hatch during early spring are caught and won't harm your plants.

How to get rid of Aphids

Aphids also known as plant lice are small, soft-bodied insects they usually attack New, tender growth at the shoot tip. They suck plant juices and can cause New leaves to curl. There are a few different types of aphids some are green, reddish, or black. Insecticides should be applied to prevent populations from building. On rose sprouts you can crush them between your fingers. 

Whitefly adults are small, white winged insects that are readily seen flying about when plant foliage is shaken. The small larvae found on the leaf undersurface are flat, circular, nearly translucent discs. New hatchings of whitefly eggs usually occur in March-April, June-July, and September-October. Two insecticide applications should be applied 10-14 days apart for control.

If you use an insecticide best is to use a systemic potion, this will be absorbed by the plant and via the plant fliud given to the insects with fatal results.

How to get rid of the Red Lily Beetles

The red lily beetle is an enemy to all Lily and Fritillaria plants. It is a very distinctive scarlet red colour with a black head and legs, adults beetles and their larvae can completely devour an entire lily plant in a very short period of time.

Adults overwinter in the Soil and emerge in March or April, they mate from spring to autumn, female beetles lay bright Orange eggs in batches on the undersides of leaves.

Larvae hatch a few days later as Orange coloured grubs with black heads. Red lily beetle larvae are usually found on the underside of leaves. As they feed, the larvae cover themselves in their own disgusting black sticky excrement, this keeps them hidden from predators such as birds. 

There are a few things you can do to control these beetles, inspect your young plants for signs of larvae and remove the larvae by hand. Use Fresh compost to replant Lilies and dispose of compost if you have had any previous infestations. Chemicals can also be purchased from garden centre's if all else fails. Catch the red beetles on sight, they are rather clever and drop to the ground as soon as they are under attack. So be quick.

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