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Read more about Ants

Ants

Ants do not damage plants directly but sometimes steal freshly sowed seed from garden beds and seed boxes.

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Read more about Aphids

Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects, which are usually 2 – 4 mm long.

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Read more about Bamboo

Bamboo

To stop bamboo spreading uncontrollably, plant bamboo pieces for your screen or hedge in a trench lined on either side with sheet metal or hardboard.

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Read more about Borers

Borers

There are virtually hundreds of different kinds of wood boring insects.

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Read more about Brown Patch

Brown Patch

Brown patch is a fungal disease of lawns which enters through the root system.

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Read more about Brown Rot

Brown Rot

Brown rot is a problem mostly of stone fruit such as peaches and nectarines.

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Read more about Cabbage Moth Cabbage Butterfly

Cabbage Moth Cabbage Butterfly

There are many types of caterpillars which are usually the larval (caterpillar
of a grub) stage of moths such as cabbage moth (Plutella xylostella)and small

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Read more about Carrot Rust Fly

Carrot Rust Fly

The larvae of carrot rust fly burrow into the roots of carrots and parsnips, and weaken related plants like parsley and celery.

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Read more about Caterpillars

Caterpillars

There are many types of caterpillars which are usually the larval (caterpillar or grub) stage of moths and butterflies such as cabbage moth, cabbage white butterfly, potato moth or tomato moth.

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Clover

Clover and clover-like weeds such as creeping oxalis are very common weeds.

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Read more about Cut Worms

Cut Worms

They usually attack seedlings but can also affect soft fruits like strawberries.
Cutworms are more likely to be active after periods of rain.

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Read more about Damping Off

Damping Off

Damping off is a term that describes the death of young seedlings or plants that’s caused by a soil fungus. It can also affect lawns.

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Dandelions

Dandelion is a perennial herb that has a very long tap root.

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Read more about Downy Mildew

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is a fungal disease that causes spots or patches on the top surface of leaves, often with corresponding furry tufts beneath the leaves.

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Read more about Early Blight

Early Blight

Early blight is a fungal disease that affects tomatoes, potatoes adn their relatives.

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Flat Broad Leaf Weeds

Marshmallow, dandelion, cat’s ear, lamb’s tongue, chickweed, plantain, fleabane and dock are some of the common broadleaf weeds found in lawns and home gardens.

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Read more about Ginger

Ginger

Kahili ginger is a weed problem in warmer areas.

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Read more about Gorse

Gorse

Gorse is a spiny, weedy shrub that produces masses of yellow pea flowers for months on end.

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Read more about Grass grubs

Grass grubs

Grass grubs are C-shaped larvae that eat the roots of grasses and other plants in the warmer months.

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Read more about Green Vegetable Bug

Green Vegetable Bug

The green vegetable bug is bright green in colour and about 1.5cm long in adulthood.

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Read more about Lantana

Lantana

Lantana is regarded as one of the worst weeds of Australia

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Read more about Leaf Hopper

Leaf Hopper

Leaf hoppers are sap-sucking insects that hop away quickly when disturbed.

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Read more about Leaf rollers

Leaf rollers

Leaf rollers are caterpillars that wrap leaves around themselves and eat the leaves from the safety of this protective shelter.

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Read more about Lemon verrucosis

Lemon verrucosis

Lemon verrucosis causes rough warty lesions on the outer skin of the fruit.

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Read more about Mealybug

Mealybug

Mealybugs are small insects covered with a white mealy coating

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Read more about Moss, Algae, Lichen

Moss, Algae, Lichen

Algae and moss are usually problems in shaded, over-wet or badly drained and compacted sections of the lawn and garden.

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Onehunga Weed

Bindii is an annual weed which looks like a small ferny rosette about 20cm in diameter

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Creeping Oxalis

Creeping oxalis has tiny clover to heart shaped leaves.

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Read more about Paspalum

Paspalum

A tough perennial grass growing out from a central base or crown

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Read more about Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf Curl

Leaf Curl is a fungal disease which overwinters in the crevices of the tree bark and around the buds

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Read more about Pear & Cherry Slug

Pear & Cherry Slug

The female fly lays eggs into the leaves of pears, cherries, apples, They
then pupate in the soil until the adult flies emerge to begin a new cycle.

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Read more about Porina Caterpillar

Porina Caterpillar

Porina caterpillars eat lawn grasses. They’re at their most damaging in autumn and early winter.

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Read more about Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a fungus which spreads a white or ash-grey film over the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves

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Read more about Rats & Mice

Rats & Mice

Rats and mice can cause problems inside and out.

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Read more about Rose Black Spot

Rose Black Spot

Leaf spots are easily seen and may be serious on roses, which is very commonly attacked by black spot.

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Read more about Rust

Rust

Rust fungus is easily identified by the many orange or red pustules on leaves

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Read more about Scale Insects

Scale Insects

There are two main groups of scale insects, both of which spend most of their lives as immobile adults under a coating, sucking the sap from stalks, leaves and stems.

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Read more about Snails and Slugs

Snails and Slugs

Slugs and snails are members of a large group which counts molluscs as its members

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Read more about Sooty Mould

Sooty Mould

Sooty moulds are fungi which cover plant leaves, stems and twigs in a black sticky substance.

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Thistles

Thistles grow as a rosette of leaves close to the ground from which grow tall stems carrying the flowers.

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Read more about Thrips

Thrips

There are 7,400 species of thrips in the world and quite a few are serious pests of plants.

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Read more about Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP)

Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP)

A widespread pest in NZ, Tomato Potato Psyllid breeds primarily on potatoes, tomatoes and other plants in the potato family, Solanaceae. It also affects kumara plants.

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Read more about Two Spotted Mite

Two Spotted Mite

Tiny pinkish-red mites cluster on the underside of leaves often producing fine webbing.

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Read more about Whiteflies

Whiteflies

Small white winged sap-sucking flies that are not true flies.

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Read more about Corn Ear Worm

Corn Ear Worm

Corn ear worm attacks a variety of vegetables including corn, bean, capsicum, pea, potato, squash and tomato plants

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Read more about Powdery Mildew on Vegetables

Powdery Mildew on Vegetables

Powdery mildew is a fungus which spreads a white or ash-grey film over the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves

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Read more about Iron Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is a plant disorder which can sometimes be confused with manganese deficiency.

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Read more about Passionfruit Fungal Spots

Passionfruit Fungal Spots

This is a serious fungous disease, which affects leaves, stems and fruit

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