Container CPR: Know the Vitals for Container Success
Karen Chapman has been designing beautiful container gardens since 1996 in the Pacific Northwest. As a self-proclaimed “busy” gardener, she offers these survival tips for reviving container plants and keeping them thriving.
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CURE THE PEST PROBLEM
Slugs, snails, and even earwigs can do a lot of damage to plant leaves and flower buds.
Remove slugs. Slugs are easy to peel off and remove. Some people I know will remove the slugs and feed them to their chickens.
Recognize the pest. Slugs leave a slime trail, earwigs don’t, but the ‘munch factor’ looks the same. I like using Sluggo Plus, a product that kills both the earwigs and slugs. Sprinkle it on the soil, not on the leaves.
Kill all the generations of insects. I like to use organic products that contain pyrethrin as it kills insect eggs, larvae, and adults. Take Down (a plant-based insecticide) is the one I can usually find and is available ready to spray or as a concentrate.
Spray insecticide early in the a.m., and spray directly on the insect if possible. Give the top of the leaf and under the leaf a good drenching. Don’t spray lady bugs, bees, etc.