Organic caterpillar & weed control

Lush spring foliage on vegies, herbs and flowers is like a buffet for a multitude of caterpillars. Whether they are green and camouflaged, twig-like brown or brightly coloured, they’re all very hungry and chewing their way through lots of leaves, stems, flower buds and petals.

Organic gardeners can help protect their plants from caterpillar damage with Yates® Nature’s Way® Caterpillar Killer.

It’s based on a naturally occurring soil bacterium and is a very effective way to control a wide range of leaf eating caterpillars. Spray over the entire plant, including the undersides of leaves where caterpillars often hide, every 5 – 7 days when caterpillars (or their damage or droppings) first appear.

The spray does not kill caterpillars immediately. After a caterpillar eats the treated foliage it stops eating, but may take up to 3 – 4 days to die and drop from the leaf. Yates® Nature’s Way® Caterpillar Killer will not affect bees, ladybirds or other beneficial insects.

And as the weather warms up during October, stay on top of weeds before they become too large and have the chance to flower and set seed. Organic gardeners can control weeds with Yates Nature’s Way Organic Weed Spray.

It’s based on 2 natural ingredients – clove oil and acetic acid – which work together to quickly dehydrate and kill weeds. Visible results may be seen on some weeds after just 1 hour. Certified for use in organic gardening it’s ideal for people wanting to use organic methods of weed control.


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