Have found aphids on my rose bush already - both green and reddish ones plus another round brown thing. Any advice on how to get rid? I would prefer not to use chemicals. Thanks in advance
Hang bird feeders near your rose bushes to attract blue tits to the area ... they hoover them up for their babies.
Also as you don't use chemicals the lady birds and lace wings and hover flies will take a lot of them.
However, it may take a couple of years to create a balance in your garden, so until then just remove most of them with your fingers or a soft paint brush , or a jet of water from the hose.
I don't use any chemicals ... a few weeks ago there were aphids on my roses but I did nothing ... the bluetits and the ladybirds have taken them all
Last edited: 26 May 2017 18:14:31
If you have them right now, it's easier just to hose down the affected areas with a jet setting. If it's a small area, just set your water spray to sharp spray and blast the stems or bud areas. You could use a few drops of washing up liquid, but it's fine with just water. Another option if you don't mind, and it's only a small area, just wipe them off with a clean soft sponge. Aphids at this time of year is very common. Everything is growing so it is not a surprise aphids are around.
As mentioned from DovefromAbove, a good ecosystem in the garden ensures harmony and balance where wildlife and plants work together. Longterm, this is definitely the best option.
Other people swear by undeplanting their roses with Geraniums, Garlics and Basil, they apparently ward off Aphids, but I have never tried it. If you like those plants, then it's worth a try.
Many thanks Borderline and Dove from above. I will try the planting and put a bird feeder nearby. Hopefully it will do the trick in the meantime I have removed the aphids by hand.