Aphids!!

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Aphids!!
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 2:17pm

Nasty little things!  

Our Willow tree is covered.  I read online that a solution of mild soap and warm water will kill them, so I sprayed some yesterday.  They died almost immediately!!  Great news, but the tree is covered.  DH wants to load up his car wash gun with soapy water and spray the whole tree down.  I'm afraid it could hurt the tree?  Does anyone know?

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 05-17-2001
In reply to: mmaielua7
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 8:20pm
In the summer, I'm waterigng5 days a week and it is still crunchy.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: thatyank
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 1:06pm

River birches are the water hogs here in NW Ohio... we have one that's choking out the hostas and daylilies under it with its roots! So all our plants under that tree are being moved, slowly, into pots! Silly really, but we need some sort of ground cover under that tree to keep the weeds down.

and I agree with k-roni: grass is the biggest water hog of all! 

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Registered: 05-17-2001
In reply to: mmaielua7
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:08pm
We've learned in our yard that the Aspen tree is the worst for hogging water. The grass around it is bad and there are so many saplings!

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: k_roni
Sun, 09-16-2012 - 8:12pm
Grass is a bigger water hog than willows! I'm trying to plant ANYTHING BUT grass in my front yard!
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Registered: 05-17-2001
In reply to: mmaielua7
Sun, 09-16-2012 - 6:57pm
I think we've killed most of them. DH sprayed it yesterday, then again today and then rinsed all the little bodies off. We'll keep an eye on it, hopefully we got them before they laid too many eggs. It looks okay now, but it's losing it's leaves prematurely. I hope it can rebound. We planted it 13 or so year ago, and out here it's HARD to grow trees. So, we've babied it for many years, it's only been the past couple that it's taken off and added much height.

We moved in on bare land also, just dirt and sage. We have1 acre, and left the edges around our property sage for a buffer from neighbors and dust. I should post before and after pics someday. We've done a lot of work, things don't just grow here, not ever grass. It's all a lot of work, but really worth it when you look at your yard and then the neighbor's weeds!

~Misty~


 


Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: k_roni
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 11:53pm

Soapy water won't hurt the tree, but it is viscous and suffocates the aphids.  I use tea tree oil soap on my plants.  I've also tried it on me (just a tiny bit...I'm allergic to soaps so I have to be VERY careful.)  

You will probably have to do this again as eggs hatch, possibly several times.  I love willow trees.  On my farm, I had a spot that just SCREAMED for a weeping willow.  I looked around, and they were $95-$145.  WHEW!  In 1988???  just so happened on Mother's Day I stopped in at a small nursery in town and found one for $17!!!  I had trouble getting it into my car (1986 Subaru Justy hatchback), but I got it home and planted it with care.  It grew to be a STUNNING focal point in my landscape.  But I pass that farm every day, twice, and it broke my heart when a tornado took it out 10 years ago or so.  

I planted one here when I moved in, dug it up as a sapling that was growing by a friend's lake.  He was mowing the saplings down, so I saved a tree!  Much babying, it grew to be big and pretty.  Then my next door neighbor planted two curly willows in the adjacent corner of her yard.  Willows are highly competitive for water.  Enter my roommate, Gene, who decided that the willow needed to be pruned so that we could walk under it (that is the POINT of a weeper, you idiot...it is not to be walked under) and the severe pruning along with competition from the 2 curly willows on the other side of the fence killed my tree.  

So now I have crepe myrtles and no willow.  I guess I'm happy enough.  The yard looks pretty good, compared to the bare dirt I moved in on, but I'm thinking about getting a tree service to come prune my crepes this fall so they don't grow into the power lines.  

This weekend I need to move several Rose of Sharon trees out of their nursery bed.  They came out of my boyfriend's yard, volunteers that grew up in his hedge of Rose of Sharon.  Some are purple, some pink, some white, they are gorgeous.  My daughter wants some of them.  If I get them dug up tomorrow, I'll have her come over and get them.  Then I'll move some; I think I have 10 or so in a space where 1-2 will be enough to manage.  I have other spots in the yard for moving about 5.  



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Registered: 05-17-2001
In reply to: mmaielua7
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 8:58pm
That's what I thought also! He sprayed the tree down with the soapy water, and it's working! He's going to do it once more, and then rinse it off with just water. I want those suckers gone!

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: mmaielua7
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 10:38am

I doubt it would hurt the tree assuming that there isn't a really really strong stream from the car washer. I don't think power washing a tree is helpful, KWIM?