Pesky Pests

Don’t you just hate it when you spend precious time and money on choosing and nurturing your plants only to find that a pesky bug or animal has picked it to pieces for their dinner? Not only is it frustrating, it is incredibly disheartening and has dishevelled many a keen gardener.

If only we could plant and watch our favourite plants flourish and thrive without the input of our ‘not-so-conscientious’ garden friends.

We cannot guarantee 100% immunity from bugs and wildlife and we wouldn't want to, but there are some beautiful plants and shrubs that we can introduce to our gardens that will prevent large infestations and irreversible damage. I wish I could name them all but I would hate to provide you with a much like rendition of War and Peace ( A slight exaggeration – but I hope you catch my drift). 

Plants resistant to:


Slugs & Snails

Slugs and Snails might cause complete chaos but you may be surprised to know that they are also fussy feeders – and here is where we can take advantage. It is time to fill our gardens with the equivalence of vegetables and not chocolate. Slugs and snails dislike plants that are hairy, tough or waxy as this causes difficulty for these lazy eaters. Heavily scented plants are also a no go zone for slugs so plants such as lavender and rosemary are perfect.  

Here is a small selection of plants that slugs and snails will steer clear of:

Penstemon


  • Aquilegia
  • Begonia
  • Euphorbia
  • Ferns
  • Hellebore
  • Lavender
  • Pelargoniums
  • Penstemon
  • Roses
  • Sedums





Rabbits

Rabbits are nosy creatures and are often attracted to newly implemented plants, shrubs and trees. As previously mentioned, there is never a full guarantee that these plants listed will remain damage free, although they will put up a good fight:

Dahlia


  • Agapanthus
  • Crinum
  • Dahlia
  • Echinops
  • Kniphofia
  • Lupin
  • Primula Vulgaris
  • Salvia
  • Tulip
  • Verbena





Deer

Much like rabbits, deer are also highly inquisitive feeders and will poke their little noses in your beds and borders at every opportunity, often causing severe damage. These plants listed may act as resistance to our local Bambi’s:

Digitalis (Foxgloves)

  • Berberis
  • Clematis
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Forsythia
  • Hydrangea
  • Magnolia
  • Nerine
  • Philadelphus
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela 







Plant Prevention from:


Slugs & Snails
  • Try to enforce a strict watering schedule – water in the morning at the root base.
  • Crushed egg shells.
  • Copper Barriers
  • Seaweed mulch – slugs avoid salt and the rough exterior of this substance in hot weather.
  • Salt
  • Sharp Grit
  • Plant Selection – heavily scented plants such as lavender or rosemary


Rabbits
  • Fencing and netting.
  • Habitat Removal – remove tall grasses or low growing shrubs
  • Pets
  • Plant Selection (as seen above)


Deer
  • Physical barriers/ Fencing
  • Natural Repellents – hot pepper, garlic, rotten eggs (less desirable option)
  • Pets


Aphids
  • Water Pressure ( however be sure not to damage the plants in doing this method)
  • Essential Oils
  • Enemy insects – Ladybirds, hoverfly larvae.
  • Onions and Garlic – grow these if you can close by to your prized plants. 


Although  this may not be the most extensive list of plants and remedies, I do hope it shines a little ray of hope on your military missions to save your beautiful plants from these pesky pests. 

Let me know how you get on! If you like this blog or want to get in touch please do not hesitate to contact me and please share with others. Spread the word! 


becky@hayloftplants.co.uk 

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