Aphids cluster on tender new growth. Knock them off with a blast of water from the hose. They're not quite bright enough to regroup and attack again -- but new generations will appear. Remain vigilant.
Continue to control snails as needed. Use pet-safe baits and hand-pick snails.
In dry conditions, spider mites flourish. Bring populations under control by spraying affected plants daily with a strong blast from the hose. Direct the spray underneath leaves. This will also reduce aphid populations.
Test Garden Tip: If you spot ants trailing up and down plant stems or trunks (like citrus trees), halt the parade with a sticky trap or surround the base of the plant with boric acid traps.
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