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Creeping Günsel - fighting pests and diseases

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Some pests and diseases can make Günsel crawling hard. So it is all the more important to take immediate action and take care of it properly.

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The creeping Günsel (Ajuga reptans) is a robust plant. You can literally watch him grow. The joy is not always undisturbed, because the plants diligently spread over their roots and quickly take beds or lawn for themselves. With appropriate measures, such as bed borders or root locks, this problem can be quickly eliminated. From time to time the garden bum can also be infected by diseases and pests. We will now tell you which damage patterns can occur and what can be done about them.

Aphid

Aphids stop at hardly any plant. It can also affect the crawling Günsel. Hobby gardeners who control their plants more often will notice the infestation early, because the pests are visible to the naked eye. The small insects live on the plant juice of Günsel. They drill their proboscis into the leaves and suck out the liquid. The leaves gradually turn yellow and eventually fall off. In the early stages, treatment with a hard water jet is usually sufficient to drive away aphids.

" Tip: Repeat the treatment several times in a row.

Fight advanced aphid infestation

Once the infestation has progressed, the pests prove to be more persistent. In this case, spray the plants with soapy water. Commercially available spraying agents can also be used. Follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly so that the toxins it contains do no harm. In general, chemical pest control should not be the first option.

Damage from aphid infestation

Pricking the leaves through the aphid leads to a virus transmission at the same time. Young plants or plants that have already been weakened by maintenance errors will be further damaged. Honeydew can also be a problem. The excretions of the aphids are an attractant for ants and other types of mushrooms are also attracted to the sugary plant sap.

" Tip: With ladybugs, parasitic wasps or lacewings, aphids have natural predators.

Home remedies for aphids

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ladybugThe ladybug has a special preference for aphids. A ladybug can eat up to 40,000 aphids during its life. Asian ladybirds are particularly active and are therefore bred in a targeted manner and sold in stores.
garlicIf there is little infestation, it is sufficient to stick a clove of garlic in the ground near the plant. Let the toe look halfway out of the floor. If the infestation is more advanced, prepare a garlic brew and spray the plant.
milkA proven home remedy for pest control is milk. Mix milk and water in a ratio of 1: 2 and spray the mixture onto the infected parts of the plant.
onionAn onion brew can also help drive away aphids from the garden bum. Boil the onions and spray the plant thoroughly with them.

" Tip: If you spray the plants, they should dry quickly. If the moisture remains on the leaves for too long, this can promote the occurrence of mildew.

Mildew

If the leaves of Creeping Günsel are covered with a floury coating, the plant is probably infected with powdery mildew. Quick intervention is worthwhile here, because the fungus is very persistent and difficult to get rid of with simple home remedies. It is best to combat stubborn mildew with commercially available spraying agents.

Powdery mildew arises mainly as a good weather when it is warm and dry. The floury, whitish coating spreads on leaves and flowers. In the advanced stage, the leaves turn brown and dry up. Whole parts of the plant die if the infestation continues.

Parts of plants affected by mildew should be removed immediately. Milk contains microorganisms that can fight the fungus quite reliably. Mix fresh milk and water in a ratio of 1: 8 and spray the infested plant.

Prevent mildew

➞ Maintain a sufficient planting distance
➞ Plant Günsel near chives or basil
➞ adequate nutrient supply
➞ do not let moisture get on the leaves
➞ Avoid over-fertilization with nitrogen

" Attention: Infected parts of plants do not belong on the compost. Burn them immediately or dispose of them with household waste.

Healthy and vigorous plants defy diseases and pests

© etfoto - Fotolia.com Healthy plants are less susceptible to diseases, grow vigorously and bloom continuously. Optimal site conditions and soil conditions are the prerequisites for healthy plant growth.

Care Tips

With the planting you lay the foundation for the development of the plants. A sunny to half-shady location is important for the crawling Günsel. A place that is too shady can be the cause of stunted growth and a lack of flowering.

Soil quality should also not be neglected. The plants need fresh, nutrient-rich soil to develop well. The earth should always have a constant humidity. You have to be very careful, because the floor must neither dry out nor appear too damp, because then waterlogging is inevitable. A soil that is too wet will cause root rot and the plants will die. Ensure a sufficient nutrient concentration by upgrading the soil with compost or horn shavings.

If you follow the care instructions mentioned, the creeping Günsel will rarely be offended and delight you with his joy in growing.

Are winter damage to be feared?

The creeping Günsel is hardy and tolerates temperatures of - 20 degrees and more. However, this only applies to plants in the field. The Günsel is also often cultivated in planters and flower boxes. If the plants are to be overwintered here, there are a number of things to consider.

Planters should spend the winter in the house if possible. The plants are not adequately protected from permanent frost in the relatively small containers. If the planters or flower boxes freeze completely, any help comes too late for the plant, because the roots can no longer supply the Günsel with nutrients and liquid.

" Tip: Protect planters outdoors with garden fleece, brushwood or leaves.

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Creeping Günsel on the advance

If you plant the Creeping Günsel without dealing with the peculiarities of the plant, you will probably soon experience a nasty surprise. The plants spread quickly through their above-ground roots. The ground cover does not shy away from overgrowing other ground cover or entire lawns. If you use a root barrier or a bed surround during planting, the Günsel can be slowed down in his urge to conquer.

" Tip: Always remove the plants completely with their main roots, otherwise the creeping Günsel will soon sprout again.

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