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Vine Weevil thoughts

As I was cleaning out and repotting the winter tubs, it occurred to me that if only the insides of the pots were impregnated with some sort of knock out poison to vine weevils, it would save me a job, twice yearly of watering in the nematoides, watering after and not loosing the hecheuras that I love, to some evil vine weevil

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  • seakaleseakale Posts: 142

    Hmmm

    i am not that keen on using provado now there is a more targeted approach to vine weevil damage.

    i like butterflies and moths the garden, along with dragonfly’s and the most important bees.

    vine weevils are underneath the soil, along with slugs, and do damage where I can’t see them.

    nems and provado appliclication methods of applying are the same, damp soil to start with, water the unguents in and then water again to make sure all gets well down in into the soil.

    i tend not to to spray with overground  chemicals unless I realily have to.  Good mulch with horse manure keeps plants healthy and less susceptible to attack I find

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,347

    Do vine weevils think?  Who knows ............... image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • frittererfritterer Cornwall-On-SeaPosts: 28

    Talking of Vine Weevil has anyone tried these with any success? They seem a bit pricey.                                                                                                                                                                                                https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/vine-weevil-killer-nematodes/61-nematop-adult-vine-weevil-trap

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,878

    I haven't used traps but I have used these and they do work.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nemasys-vine-weevil-killer-standard/dp/B000VPIJ3O 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • seakaleseakale Posts: 142

    I haven’t used provado for years so don’t know what the stuff can harm, those who do could maybe let us know.

    bees are my friends and I won’t do anything to harm them, nematocides do the job perfectly well And much more importantly don’t harm or kill wildlife Or small people

    i have to tell househohold the sealed nems are being stored in the fridge and are def not a pate!

    there has been much research on all types of nems, some only work with slugs for instance.

    the weevil head is size of a pin head, debatable if there grey cells there I feel.  But it’s a charming thought

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,878

    You buy the nematodes for what you want them to attack, I have used both, for slugs and vineweevil they both work well, I don't know the effects of them on other creatures, none, I would think as they occur naturally in the ground, just not enough to kill of all the pests.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I tried the adult vine weevil traps, and the foxes seemed to like licking the gel out of the middle and playing with them in the garden, then I replaced them and forgot to keep the gel watered.... So a total waste of money I feel.  However if you don't have foxes and remember to water them I'm sure they work.

  • seakaleseakale Posts: 142

    The best time to apply a natural product such as nems is spring and autumn, to match the evil weevil hatching etc.

    nems don’t survive well in the soil during the winter, most are killed off.

    We depend  on bees for food, no bees, no human life.  Simples.

    provado will eventually get was eased into the water supply and who knows where it will end up.

    its hazardous to fish does that mean frogs and toads?  I do hope not.

    i pick off a lot of insects sometimes caterpillars, many i leave.

    we all have a choice tho

  • seakaleseakale Posts: 142

    It’s definately time that GW produce a BEETLE. Chart.

    good beetles and bad beetles,

    we keep the 2 charts of butterflies, and garden birds in our kitchen, time for a beetle one

    i go out with a head lamp May onwards to put white card underneath the heurchera and strawberry plants, open ground or container.  I give the plants a good shake as dusk is when then the beetles are feeding.

    No way of seeing dark beetles  on dark earth in the dusk light.  A good sprinkle of sharp grit rit works a treat also.

    although I don’t have a pond in the the garden, there are plenty of frogs and toads, they don’t bother me and I don’t bother them.    Along with the hedgehogs, 

    cant say I am too keen on the muntjac, they don’t appear to fulfil a purpose

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

    If I have two weevils in my garden, and the bigger one dies, am I left with the lesser of two weevils? (Sorry)

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