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My fruit trees leaves are chewed and a few of the leaves are rolled up tight. Is this leaf roller caterpillar? How do I treat for this? (I don’t like using chemicals)

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I’ve heard that Derris Dust is good for killing of a range of pests, but I wonder how safe and natural it is?

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I have some aphids on my houseplants. I have 2 small children who touch everything and pets as well, so I would like to use something that is people and pet friendly. What do you recommend?

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Is there an organic weedkiller that I can use in my garden?

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The last two years the flowers are no longer red and seem to have turned into a more common variety. What would have caused this? It is a Red Vulcan Magnolia.

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Some of my freesias have sprouted foliage up to about 15cm and have been quite heavily frosted. Should I remove the burnt leaves? Will they still flower?

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Our small kowhai trees have been very troubled by the presence in HUGE numbers of the kowhai caterpillar. I understand they will not kill the tree but they certainly make it look unsightly. Is there a way to deter/ exterminate these voracious critters? This year I stopped counting at 1000 squashed caterpillars, but this method did take a concerted effort!!!

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I want to plant “Moss” on my desk in a study room. Ideally, I am intended to use the moss make a “moss ball” and hanging from the ceiling. What are factors should I consider? I heard some people say moss are hard to take care of especially in an indoor environment, is this true?

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How long does it normally take for the foliage on a lily bulb to die back? I planted the Oriental Lily ‘Hotspot’ in August last year and it flowered at the beginning of February. Since then, the foliage has remained green, with only slight browning on the very edge of the leaves. I reduced watering since the lily flowered. Stores are now starting to stock new seasons lillies and I would like the bulb to flower again in summer. Should I cut the foliage back even though it is still green?

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My box hedging is starting to get that blight fungas. Leaves are going brown and parts of plant are dying. What spray can I use to try and stop it?

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I have a few Griselinias that have gone brown, in my hedge. Are they dead? Do I have to replant? Will they come back?

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We have recently moved into a new house in St Johns, Auckland. The port wine magnolias planted in a sheltered, north facing spot are looking terrible. Leaves are yellow and some are dying. I have fertilised liberally with blood & bone as well as sheep pellets and this seems to perk them up a little but only very temporarily. Can you tell me what else I can do?

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Nine years ago I moved to my home and inherited a mature, healthy red camelia tree, which bloomed abundantly for 7 years. In the past 2 years the leaves have gradually lost their glossy green colour and gone yellow with brown specks and there are a lot less leaves, fewer flowers which are floppy and fall off the tree as soon as open. I have applied specific camellia fertiliser but maybe not often enough. The tree is in full sunlight. Has it just lived its lifespan or how it can be saved?

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Our garden is infected with phytophthera I think. I have had sudden death of daphne, golden nugget frangipani, box hedge, velvet and cream magnolia, scleranthes and boronias. The literature explains about how the fungus moves through water and how important drainage is. My garden sits on clay. Are there any companion plants that discourage fungal attacks? I still have surviving plants of each of the plants that were hit, I am spraying with foscheck and sometimes copper.

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My daphne plant’s leaves are going brown and the plant appears to be wilting and dying. The plant has been fed with acid fertilizer 2-3 times a year and is not over watered

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I think I’ve over-pruned my daisy bushes. They were getting very large and woody last year so I cut them back by about half after flowering (as I read somewhere online). A number of them now have no leaves at all, and are basically skeletons. Is there any way to salvage them or should I just pull them out?

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Last year i purchased several chatham island lily plants and at first they grew well but they then got a white aphid so sprayed them but now the ends of the leaves are dying Could you tell me why this is happening

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Which manure is better the chicken or sheep manure for vegetables and what fertilizer is good for green leave vegetables and for the fruit vegetables like cucumber and beans.

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I am beginner gardener and I am not sure what kind of insects I have on my plants. I have them on flowers on herbs and on some vegetables as well. It seem that they chew leaves and stems. Their color is grayish, size is between 2-4 mm. Not sure what is that exactly, but looks like they have some white hair on their back and they are jumping. I used Yates Mavrik and Confidor against them, but did not help.

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Earwigs, I have them in my dahlias, my roses, under plant pots, even the odd one ventures inside! Only method I find to get rid of a few is rolled up paper and check the traps every morning to get rid of them. I try not to have anything that will encourage them but they are so hard to get rid of! So tired of having my flowers chewed to tatters.

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