Fungal Disease and Pest Control |John Dromgoole |Central Texas Gardener


– Hello gardening friends. Welcome to Backyard Basics. I’m John Dromgoole. We run into problems in the garden. Not everybody does but sometimes we run into
a problem. Maybe it’s been wet, moist, lot of humidity
for a while. We run into diseases. Diseases are somewhat easily managed early. Don’t wait til the whole plant is covered
with the disease ’cause that makes it more challenging. You can get control but get it early. Learn to identify it. Couple of safe products to use for control
of diseases, both of these right here are excellent products. They use a bacteria and this bacteria is what’s
going to control the disease. They’re very good. They’re organic. Nice and safe, basically. A lot of organic gardening products are thought
to be safe. They are in a way but they also need to be
used with caution. These are the disease controls. Very effective ones. They do a good job. I’ve used them. Another product, it’s right here in front,
actually, but it will be useful here in the summertime. Sometimes folks are preparing a new bed and
they see grub worms. If you have more than five grub worms in a
square foot, you’re beginning to have a problem right there. But the occasional grub worm out there, that’s
not a problem, that’s pretty natural. These are beneficial nematodes. They will get rid of those critters when you
have a larger amount. That’s the only time to go out and spray,
necessarily. And but one of the good things that they do
is control fleas in the yard very effectively. That’s probably one of the things that I know
of it doing the best. Getting rid of fleas in the home landscape. Got to protect the cats and the dogs, so that’s
the easy way. Instead of treating the animal, treat the
yard. Here’s something, when you’re potting things
up, ants get into the pots if you’re not cautious and so we put a screen in the bottom of it. This is the kind of screen that you can buy
at some of the hardware stores and they’re usually used to repair a door. Well, get some of that, cut it into little
squares, three inches or so, and put them over the holes. The critters can’t move in. The pill bugs, the roaches, the ants, they’re
kept out that way. Here’s an insecticidal soap. Insecticidal soaps have been around since
before the products were on the market. We used to mix our own up, were very effective,
but people need to have a formula and use it right away when they want to. There’s no more time to be spending in the
kitchen or wherever preparing those things. I encourage you to do it, though. And so here it is in a concentrate and here
it is in a ready to use sprayer. They’re both the same thing but when you buy
one of these, you’re actually buying and paying for the spreader too. Another thing though, thrip are a big problem
on the roses. They’re in the flower. You can look in there and you can see the
thrip. The most effective thing that I’ve ever used
in the rose garden is garlic oil. It works very well. I would remove any of the flowers that have
thrip in them, save all of the buds ’cause they’re going to open up safely without the
thrip, when you spray with the garlic. And it’s another good way to get rid mosquitoes
in the landscape. Here’s a few ideas that are very effective
at managing insects of different types and diseases and you can do it safely and you
can get good, good control using these organic methods. For Backyard Basics, I’m John Dromgoole and
I’ll see you next time.

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