Pest Alert for Lilly Pilly Hedges

This is a repeat of an article written on the Coffs Harbour Garden Club’s blog some time ago. It has always generated a lot of comment and interest. The latest advice is for a Yates product – Baythroid. You can see product reviews here where some claim success. What has to be taken into account […]

Organic Approach to Pest Control Part 5 – Pyrethrum

Pyrethrum is an extract from chrysanthemum (Tanacetum cinerariifolium). It is one of the oldest pesticides known, and is also the strongest insecticide allowed under organic standards guidelines. Made from died flowers, pyrethrum insecticides are known for their fast knock-down of unwanted insects. Insects are typically paralyzed as soon as they come into contact so it is often […]

Organic Approach to Pest Control Part 4 – Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth – This magical dust is effective against caterpillars, ants, apohids, codling moth, whitefly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers and a variety of other insect pests. What is it? Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants call diatoms. These plants have […]

Organic Approach to Pest Control Part 2 – Sap Suckers

To find something that will help us overcome pests in our gardens AND not do damage either to ourselves or the environment is a challenging juggle.  What has to be remembered that even though something is ‘organic’, caution still has to be exercised when using, for example:  Always read the directions and most definitely only […]

Organic Approach to Pest Control Part 1 – Fruit Fly

This subject was first written about on the Coffs Harbour Garden Club blogspot and as it generated so much discussion, this and other organic approach to pest control articles will be reposted here.  Let us look at one common pest – the fruit fly. There are some sound husbandry measures that can assist in this pest’s limitation. […]

Pest Alert for Lilly Pilly Hedges

  Looks a pretty ‘cool’ beetle with its glossy pale green colour? Well think again folks, this little critter can completely decimate your Lilly Pilly (Syzygium) hedge. If your hedge is looking a bit like the following image ……. read on for the bad news. For some time the green strip leaf beetle Calomela pallida was thought […]


Peter Johnson will be the speaker at the February meeting. Peter has been breeding frogs since 1985 and established his Frogarium some years ago and has had to ‘jump through some hoops’ to get it approved and open to the public. You may have noticed the enormous bird-cage structures at the garden centre at Boambee […]

Carpenter Bee – January Speaker

Australia has around 1600 species of native bees and Past President Sue is going to do a short segment on just one of those – the Great Carpenter Bee. These bees are found in tropical and subtropical areas of Australia and are what we know as buzz pollinators – that is they vibrate the flowers, […]

Brown Lace Lerp

The Brown Lace Lerp is an oval, flat and soft 4mm long critter. Their wings are transparent with a wing-span of 6mm. Brown Lace Lerp feed on Eucalyptus trees. They are a small psyllid that live under a small shell-like cover called a Lerp.  Adults appear in summer and lay batches of 50-100 eggs. Eggs […]