Bug Watch: Aphids
Photo - Linda Ross
Check roses, citrus, cherry and peach carefully when you water, looking for clusters of small insects hiding under leaves or on new growth: aphids. Aphids reduce a plant’s growth just when it ought to be thriving. Remove them by spraying with the hose on ‘jet’ setting, or squash them between gloved fingertips. Avoid insecticides so that beneficial insects such as lady beetles and hoverfly larvae can find a few aphids to snack on.