Let's Know About Autumn Pests And Diseases
Amateur Gardening|September 04, 2021
Get to grips with seasonal problems, says Ruth
Ruth Hayes

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness can also be a season fraught with problems for gardeners.

Whether it is warm and dry, or cool and damp, autumn creates conditions that help pests and diseases flourish.

When the weather is still, warm and dry you will get powdery mildew dusting the leaves of your plants, while rusts that can be prevalent on chrysanthemums and hollyhocks will also thrive.

Cooler, damper weather brings out the slugs and snails and also causes fungi to erupt from our lawns and damp areas where decaying vegetation has piled up.

This year our courgettes have been struck by powdery mildew, there are a few signs of rust on the hollyhocks and a little fairy ring has popped up in the lawn.

I am not too disturbed about the latter as the toadstools are saprophytic fungi, feeding on dead plant matter in or under the lawn (probably the roots of a dying tree we removed) and I can get rid of them by sweeping a rake over the top.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM AMATEUR GARDENINGView All

Winter retreat

Toby decides which plants to ‘tuck up’ for winter so they are primed for growth in spring next year

2 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

Mists and mellow Fruitfulness

The late-November garden has so much to offer and can be made to reflect the gentle observations of the great poet John Keats, says Anne Swithinbank

6 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

Playing it cool

Peter considers the effect that cool rooms have on plants

1 min read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

Toad abodes

Val looks at how climate change may affect toad numbers

3 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

Border stars

Create impressive borders by using hard-working plants that flower over a long period, have striking foliage or perform in more than one season, says Hazel Sillver

5 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

A plantsman's choice

G.R. Kingsbourn reveals some of his favourite plants from the 1950s

5 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 27, 2021

Be careful what you wish for!

Val explains how her new cat is just a part-time visitor

3 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 06, 2021

My climber didn't flower

Q I have been waiting patiently for my cup and saucer vine to flower. The seeds were sown in April and plants grew well to about 3ft (90cm), but so far no buds. Should I give up now?

2 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 06, 2021

November fragrance

There’s a surprising number of fragrant flowering shrubs that you can plant now to cheer up your late-autumn gardens, says Graham Rice, as he reveals his favourites

5 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 06, 2021

Grow the best garlic

A culinary staple with health-giving and flavour-enhancing benefits, garlic is easy to grow if you plant the right varieties at the optimum time, says Camilla Phelps

4 mins read
Amateur Gardening
November 06, 2021