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TandVh 
Posted: 07-Jul-2007, 06:37 PM
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Anyone having trouble with critters this year?
Aphids are destroying my Crepe Myrtle trees and going after all the roses and fuschias on my patio. Seems like an especially bad year for them! My Son's ornamental horticulture teacher tells him it's almost epidemic here in the SanJuaquine Valley this season.
Just a little frustrated that these little guys are so destructive- I hate spraying chemicals unless absolutely necessary.



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Posted: 07-Aug-2007, 11:50 PM
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Hi TandVh, I hate those little buggers. I have used soapy water and actually went out and bought lady bugs which love to eat aphids..
I admit it helped but they were back the next year. I can't reach the tops of the trees so that may be why they are coming back. I don't know. It will be interesting to see if anyone has any ideas..
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Posted: 16-Oct-2007, 11:37 PM
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Some of the same advice. I have found that a mixture of your own soapy water works the best. I've tried products from the store (seven, Miracle grow products) and they didn't to a very good job. Like Rindy, we tried lady bugs too but had a hard time with them staying in the garden. They normally went elsewhere after about a weeks time. Hope next years garden/flowers are Aphid free biggrin.gif


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Posted: 16-Oct-2007, 11:48 PM
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Hi ogdenmusic, I know you probably don't like to spray chemicals but malathion works really good if ya can reach the top of the trees with it.. I hate those aphids they make the leaves sticky its just icky.. let me know if you come up with something that works. I know COLD weather....hahaha

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Posted: 17-Oct-2007, 12:06 AM
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Thanks for the tip, will keep you posted.
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QUOTE (Rindy @ 16-Oct-2007, 11:48 PM)
Hi ogdenmusic, I know you probably don't like to spray chemicals but malathion works really good if ya can reach the top of the trees with it.. I hate those aphids they make the leaves sticky its just icky.. let me know if you come up with something that works. I know COLD weather....hahaha

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I hate to use too many chemicals in the garden, but, I agree malathion is about all that can really knock a bad aphid infestation out. Ugh- I didn't get the spraying done soon enough to save some of the roses, but---- fall is upon us now and the cold winter will kill off most of these varmints- wonder what springs going to bring?

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Hello all,

I saw the comments about aphids and have a few ideas. I grow organically and found that when I have bad aphid problems, first start with water, spray your roses with a good spray to knock most of the buggers off and the ladybugs or green lacewings can usually take care of the rest. At times, I find myself just knocking them off myself. They actually die quite quickly. If you still can't keep them in check, go out to Gardens Away. They have a number for great produces to help with your gardening needs. If you can't keep the ladybugs in the garden it's usually because the chemicals are keeping them away and a neighbor may have a better environment for them.

I have extensive veggie gardens and as much in flower gardens. I grow pretty much every type/color of rose. I love my roses and the first few years I really fought the bugs/diseases. I was completely organic with my veggies, but felt that I just couldn't maintain my roses without chemicals and since my flower beds weren't anywhere near my veggies I didn't see the harm. Then it dawned on me that I was spending more time in my rose gardens than my veggie gardens and there was a problem. I slowly weened myself off all chemicals, over a few years, and now my roses require very little work at all. The periodic trimming, I deadhead, remove any bad leaves and check for bad bugs about once a week. The ladybugs, lacewings, bees, and butterflies are abound. I hardly even water them and yet they are gorgeous. I use a compose tea of them a few times a year and they bloom early and continue to bloom late into the year. And I have roses in my vases for the house.


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