Slugs and snails are a real nuisance and can easily devastate container plants. Slugs and snails often leave gaping holes in leaves and foliage. Patch plant expert Alice Vincent has shared how you can “trap” slugs and snails using citrus skins before they eat your plants.
Another common pest in UK gardens are aphids which are small sap-sucking insects.
An aphid infestation can make a plant look very unwell but it’s relatively easy to get rid of them.
Alice continued: “Unfortunately one of the facts of life with outdoor gardening is that they’re much more exposed to pests than indoor plants so it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you’re identifying a pest infestation and how you can deal with it.
“Aphids are one of the most common pests you’ll find in your garden.
Another way to get rid of aphids is by planting more flowering plants which encourages other bugs to eat them.
The gardening expert added: “A lot of people like to use companion gardening and this is when you prevent infestations by growing flowering plants that will encourage ladybirds lay swings or hover flies to visit your container garden.
“These guys eat the aphids and so they can be your little bouncers and they keep everything in check.
“If an infestation is already in place you can wipe off the aphids from the leaf and spray with an insecticide solution.”