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Red spider Mites in Azaleas and Roses, Bundaberg landscaping

Azaleas and roses are susceptible to Red spider mite or Double spotted Mites when the weather is hot and Dry. It’s May and quite cool in Bundaberg and yet we still see plenty of the pests about. Look for dusty dirty look to the top of the leaves and on the under side you will see under a magnifying glass hundred of tiny spider looking insects running about. You will also notice thousands of brown dots which are the eggs then grow rapidly to adults in about a week.

On a foggy morning & in extreme situations you will see masses of tiny webs on your Roses and azaleas and even Tomatoes which is another tell tale sign they are about and will suck the living daylights out of your plants, starving them and even killing plants in extreme situations.

Control of Red spider or Double spotted mite… natural control.

They really dont like water so overhead watering can significantly reduce the numbers bearing in mind their life cycle this will need to be repeated over at least a week to cover the life cycle, so even 20-25mm of rain will achieve the same result. Yates produce a product called “Natrasoap” which suffocates the mites , they dry out and fall of with a repeat every 5-7 days also required.

Be careful not to kill the old Lady bird beetle as they are a natural predator to the pesky little mites. There are other natural predators that are used commercially which are not available for residential use.

Chemical Control..

Kelthane is often use but should not be over used to avoid a build up in resistance..Mites are related to spiders as they have four pairs of legs. Tiny pinkish-red mites cluster on the underside of leaves often producing fine webbing in extreme situations. by Peter Moller


control weeds in your lawn, landscaping in Bundaberg

When your lawn seems to be  overtaken with weeds and seem to making no headway at all. An alternative to weedicide especially with Mullumbimby couch, clovers etc is to apply Dolomite to the area.. 40 Kg to 100m2 seems to work well. The soil has been fertilised time and again to keep it looking green, now its so acid it wont respond. The Dolomite will help correct the ph and make the soil more alkaline and suitable for turf grasses than weeds. When the lawn is solid weeds, sparse and unloved its often because its too acid. After application like you are feeding the chooks lightly water in to prevent it blowing away and you’ll quickly see the different. Do not reapply fertiliser for 4-6 weeks to let the dolomite do its work, then you may also get a better result from your selective weedicides. As always if you need any advise call the Lifestyle Solutions centre 78 Mt Perry road  and we’ll be glad to help you or if time is precious we can provide the complete solution for you…with ongoing landscape maintenance programs… Take care !

selective weedicide in your lawns, landscaping Bundaberg

After all the rain you will find the weeds come back quicker than any lawn, which makes it an ideal time to knock them over. Larger vigerous foliage will always absorb weedicides more readily. Kamba M is a favourite of ours, although its best to be applied in the 3-4 leaf stage, so dont let the weeds get to advanced. Always read the directions carefully before use. Remember to apply the weedicide 5-7 days after mowing, then leave for another 5-7 days before mowing again. I have found application in the warmer part of the day ensures a good takeup. You may find weeds that have matured more quickly might need some spotting with Roundup “MAX” …its rain fast in 2 hours which is good these days, and really sticks well without any further wetter and spreader… again read directions carefully to suit the weeds you are chasing. A wick wiper to apply Roundup is also a great idea as it only requires 10-20% coverage to kill the weeds selectively when spotting is all that’s required..  Some pre emergent weedicides can be mixed with roundup to know over the regrowth of  germinating weeds both in the lawn and Gardens.. Diuron flowable is a good product …You are welcome to call my office at Lifestyle Solutions Centre 78 Mt Perry road for any advise you need or our maintenance team can take care of the work for you… from a simple makeover to long term landscaping maintenance..

Landscape Restoration and Maintenance, Landscaping Bundaberg

So who saw the flood waters around the IGA in north Bundyamazing, hey ! water everywhere and unfortunately as the floods receded the flow washed away much of the mulch on the Landscape around the IGA carpark gardens. The team spent almost 2 days removing rubbish and slime from the drains, the bitumen, the garden and now it’s looking so much better. Doesn’t even smell that much now, or maybe we are just used to it now. Do you know some of the plants were uprooted and others just couldn’t handle being submerged and croaked it…never mind it’s all good now, you wouldn’t know the difference… & after just a few days the weeds had started sprouting all over the place after dropping weed seed everywhere.

I must confess we  were surprised to see the river flush again yesterday  up 1.4m I believe and with the thought of 150-300mm over the weekend and the ground saturated, one can only imagine how quickly the waters would return… lets hope not anyway..

Berajondo earthmoving workshop and Admin  Offices.

Over in Handbury street the scouring was much worse where the torrents of water completely washed the soil form the roots in the gardens near the Offices after being inundated with 500mm of flood waters. Sal and Laura take a lot of pride in how their business presents and it was sad to see such damage.

Our task was to replant the plants that were still there, replace the soil that’s been washed away, then re-mulch and fertilise the gardens. It was funny I as walking around  with Laura & Sal looking at the work that was required  on a slope beside the sheds and stood on a solid bank of silt and it was just like putting on snow skies, nothing I could do until I hit the bottom…and  Sal had a similar experience mowing the bank on the ride-on  leaving the ride-on at the bottom to snig out with the 4B and a long rope.

The gardens will recover, some also showing signs if despair after being covered with water for a few days, but I do believe they will come back and maybe the silt will act as topdressing and it will recover also.

Lets hope all the businesses can recover as well as with out small business no-one will have a job and so it goes on.. Good luck to everyone best wishes from everyone at Lifestyle Solutions Centre in North Bundy. It’s very difficult doing anything in our line of business in these conditions. After years of skinny rainfalls I never thought I’d be looking for the sun to dry the country. So many of the farmers are hurting with no crops to harvest and no chance of planting another. Its going to be tough in the coming months but if we all support Local business we will all thrive again.. Good Luck

After all is said and done be aware the water will have deposited and spread weed seed everywhere and you will need to watch this carefully of your gardens will be smothered in days ..not weeks… DAYS. with this weather everything will take off and the weeds will always be first to grow..you may like to grab some of the council mulch to help smother them to give yourself a break.. of give the office a call if you need a hand..

by Peter Moller at Lifestyle Solutions centre North Bundaberg..