Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Ladybird warriors

It's almost 2weeks since the aphid infestation on our plum trees, and there's been a marked improvement, helped by ants and those bespeckled garden companions, the ladybirds!


Jerry from Gardening Australia says: "Adults [ladybirds that is!] will consume 2,500 aphids during their life."

That's lucky for us! :o)

I've used the water and detergent solution three times in that time and it seems to had quite an effect - the trees now smell like fresh lemon!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another low cost, green eco friendly way of dealing with aphids is to make a homemade liquid from the soapberry which grows on the Chinaberry tree. It's been used for thousands of years and works very well.