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By Lynneg

North Humberside, United Kingdom Gb

Every year without fail my viburnum snowball tree leaves are infested with aphids.I'm thinking of taking the tree out as I think it's probably on its last legs.Can I plant something new in the same spot or will I have to treat the soil and if so with what? Thank you



I have one of these, occasionaly has a few curled up leaves give it a spray .

You would just need to enrich the soil if you are replanting, you dont need to treat it with anything else or spray !! , how long have you had it I had a problem with beetles chewing the leaves last year I hate spraying but had no choice


17 May, 2012


I imagine that you've tried this solution, but thought I would share - just in case.

When tackling aphids we use a technique that our parents used, which is putting some washing up liquid with some water into a spray bottle, ensuring that the washing up liquid gets mixed with the water. Then spray it on to the aphids, ensuring that you don't spray on to the roots.

After a few days you'll see the remains of the exoskeleton left on the leaf which can be left on the leaf (as a warning to others!) or wiped off.

Good luck, whatever you choose to do.


18 May, 2012


Thank you for the replies.I've had to spray and used washing up liquid.To my knowledge it's at least 20 years old so maybe it's just had it's time.Not sure about the life span of this tree. May try another one really like them!

18 May, 2012


I think you'll just end up with Aphids somewhere else in your garden if you remove the Viburnum.

What about buying some Ladybirds? The website I buy my slug Nematodes from sells both adult and larvae (not sure if I can mention the site name though).

Not tried buying them as I'm lucky enough to have loads in my garden anyway.

But as a natural pest control that also enhances the garden it can't be bad.

18 May, 2012


you can name the site in a private message andip .

18 May, 2012


Appreciate all the replies.Am now having a rethink.At least the aphids seem to be confined and luckily don't affect anything else.I too am lucky in so much as that there are lots of ladybirds.Just don't seem to like my flavour of aphids too much!Will persevere.

19 May, 2012


Hi Andip

I dont think that to take a plant out the aphids move to another part of the garden , they are only their because of the plant was a food source in the 1st place.

With some varieties of plant they attract aphids broad beans for example black Aphids just love them

The nematodes and ladybirds I would love to use but ££ is far to much for me


20 May, 2012

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