Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Hints for Success in Garden Comp

Each September, the Coffs Garden Club conduct a garden competition for home owners, renters, commercial/industrial properties and schools. There are many different categories in this competition and there is bound to be one suitable for most folk. The competition is usually launched the last Saturday in July (28th) with closing date for entries the first Friday in September (7th). 

The gardens are judged about 10 days later (to allow for administrative work). This judging is conducted over three days with various areas done on each day. There will be a lot of extra information about this competition in the coming weeks but for now you can read more about the competition with some hints on how to help you prepare and display your garden in the Spring Garden Competition.

Before anything else read the schedule (available from 28th July) for full details of categories, conditions of entry, judging days, open garden days and of course, the date of the Presentation Night where you can receive your awards and prizes!

It is important to remember that the judge will be looking only at what they see in your garden at the time of their visit, not what might be there next month or even next week and certainly not what looked good last week. So try to ensure that your garden is at its absolute best on judging day - this can be difficult with climatic conditions but just try to show off your garden to its best advantage on that day. One way this can be achieved is by planning your plantings well in advance and paying attention to detail. 

It is also very important to know that the judge has only limited time to look at each garden, so it helps if you make a good first impression and have that 'WOW' factor from the outset.

So what can you do to help give your garden the best chance of success in the competition?

1.     Overall garden appeal is really important. People should want to be in your garden, and that includes the judge.

  • Resist the urge to put in an 'instant' or just planted garden.
  • Ensure that any paving and pathways are clean and safe with no overhanging branches or weeds and are not hazardous.
  • Beds should be well mulched with material that doesn't look as though it was put down the day before judging.
  • Shrubs and hedges should be neatly clipped. Flowers should be dead-headed where appropriate, and any dead leaves removed from plants and shrubs.
  • If something has failed in your garden, think of ways of filling the gap, ie turn what could be a negative into a positive.
  • Try to have things like garbage bins and old, unkempt garden furniture away and out of sight.  Preferably don't have washing on the line. Put away hoses and gardening equipment. And secure your pets, particularly dogs. 
  • Think about featuring a bench or table and chairs where you and others can sit and enjoy the garden.

2.     The judge will also look at the condition of your garden.

  • Plants should look healthy. There should be no disease or insect infestation to be seen, and your garden should not have any signs of nutrient imbalance, eg yellowing of leaves etc.
  • Make sure you remove any dead plants, fallen branches, palm fronds or other debris.

3.     The lawn (if you have one) should be healthy, weed free and nicely edged. Any other key features you have in your garden should look their best as well.

4.     The veggie garden (if you have one) needs to be seen as a working garden, ie, it is quite acceptable to have resting beds, and succession plantings are always looked upon favourably.

5.     Garden design is another important aspect of judging and includes things such as layout, use of colour, line, form and texture, and of course, plant use. Try to have a clear theme for your garden and stick to it. Where possible, have garden 'rooms' that help make best use of your available space. Or simply have 'flow' to your garden - something that encourages the visitor to move on further in your garden.

6.     Finally, please remember that judges are trained to objectively assess different kinds of gardens, so don't be afraid to enter. Over the years the competition has seen a myriad of styles in gardens and garden spaces. For instance, there have been gardens comprising predominately pots, all annual plantings with popping colour, all Australian natives, cactus, and gardens that have incorporated vegetable growing among flowers etc etc. 

7.    It is a condition of entry that your award winning garden is open to the public for viewing 10am - 4pm on Sat 22 and Sun 23 September.

Please do not be intimidated with all this information. Gardeners who love to garden usually have gardens that fulfill all of the above without even trying! If you require further information about the competition please do not hesitate to contact either Pat 6690 2511 or Maria 6656 2429, they will be only too happy to assist.

All on-line material will be available from 28 July 2018 at this site.

Disclaimer: These hints have been prepared only to provide general information to competition entrants to help them prepare their gardens for competition and they answer many of the questions that entrants pose to the club. The Coffs Harbour Garden Club makes no guarantee that following any, or all of the above hints will result in success for any particular entrant in the competition. Each entrant remains responsible for preparing and display their garden as they see fit.


Flower of the month - July 2018

KINGDOM:  Plantae

FAMILY:  Tropaeolaceae

GENUS:  Nasturtium

The word, nasturtium comes from Old English (originally denoting any cruciferous plant of the genus Nasturtium, including watercress): fgrom Latin, apparently from naris 'nose' + torquere 'to twist'.

Nasturtium are happy plants that love nothing more than trailing over a quiet corner of the garden and spreading their joy. Just when you think you have found the prettiest one, there is another just a tiny bit different.

Who remembers the story called, The Nastursiums Who Grew Too Big for Their Boots in the Grade 2 reader??? 

Bring along your favourite for the competition table on Saturday.

Web Administrator: The following post first appeared on our website as the Flower of the Month in February 2016. This also has the link to a blog titled DNA REBOOT where the recipe for the pickled seedpods can be found if you want to give it a go. Also on that link are some rather nice images of Nasturtiums. 

Let No-one Cast Aspersions at Beautiful Nasturtiums!

Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus

Although they can be vigorous to a fault, swathes of colourful nasturtiums give a garden an almost magical easy-care appeal. 

Nasturtium have over 80 species of annuals and perennials. They are easy-to-grow, whose leaves and flowers are both edible.These plants, with their bright greenery and vibrant flowers are good for either containers or ground covers. Their pretty fragrance also makes them a good choice for cut flowers....... bet you didn't think of that? 

With their large seeds and rapid growth habit these flowers are perfect to grow with children. They were the very first seeds my children planted - unfortunately they (the children) were so very, very diligent in their watering, the plot turned to mud. Not to be beaten by that minor setback, the kids used this area for their mud pie construction and 'who can get the most mud on them' play area. When their interest waned and they moved on to other exciting play activities, the area was left alone. Low and behold, the resilient Nasturtium seeds germinated, perhaps not as many as were planted, BUT! Just goes to show how nature will always endeavour to triumph over adversity - even my kids. 

Nasturtium come in the 'warm' colours of red, orange and yellow with some pretty salmon-pink and also creamy yellow flowers with orange centres. The foliage is a lovely bright green with some variegated varieties too. Nasturtiums bloom (and are at their best) during summer and autumn.

Tropaeolum tricolour

Their appearance has variable foliage. They may be many lobed (example left), trifoliate or shield shaped and some are even tinted a blue-green. 


Plant directly either in full sun or partial shade (they bloom better in full sun) in moist, well-drained soil. The plants should appear in 7 to 10 days. Water regularly throughout the growing season (but not as much as my kids). If you are growing them in containers, they may need to be trimmed back occasionally over the growing season to keep them looking good.

Nasturtiums are very easy to care for with the added bonus that they inhibit weed growth. If you don't like them in a particular position, it's an easy task to just pull them out. Drifts of nasturtiums planted in your garden are splendid for that special quiet morning walk where little droplets of dew sit suspended atop the leaves, just beautiful!

For those of you who would really like to make full use of nasturtiums, please visit this link to find out how to make pickled nasturtiums seeds - now there's something really different!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Time for Green Thumbs to Bloom

Winter is a terrific time for green thumbed residents and organisations of the Coffs Council area to make the decision to enter the Coffs Harbour Garden Club's Spring Garden Competition.

The competition is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the many passionate gardeners who have made a difference through gardening to beautify their space, making Coffs more beautiful. If you are proud of all the hard work you've done (and are still doing!) in your garden, the club would welcome your entry. This year marks the 29th year that the competition has been run and there is nothing better than to have an 'end date' to have all tasks completed in your garden.

The Spring Garden Competition is held early September each year conducted by the Coffs Harbour Garden Club (entry is free) and proudly supported by Coffs Council.

The entry form will be available from the launch date of Saturday 28 July 2018. Online entries can be made at www.coffsgardenclub.com or there will be paper entry forms available from local libraries, Total Gardens, Mitre 10 Woolgoolga and by contacting Coffs Garden Club T: 6656 2429.

Is your garden a winner?

As we know, it takes more than a few weeks to prepare a garden for competition - perhaps now is the time to start thinking about what needs to be tweaked in your garden. Advice can always be sought from garden sections of stores and nurseries in the Coffs area, who are only too happy to assist.  

Key dates

Sat 28 July Competition launch - entry forms will be available and entries accepted from this date.
Fri 7 September Last day for entry submissions (5pm close - no late entries accepted).
Mon 10 September - Thu 13 September Curly Kale School Growing Competition Judging.
Sun 16 September Judging (Coffs Harbour City area and Orara Valley)
Mon 17 September Judging (Toormina, Sawtell, Boambee and Bonville areas)
                                 Judging Schools 
Tues 18 September Judging (Northern beaches from Diggers Beach to Corindi)
Friday 21 September Presentation night (Cavanbah Hall, 191 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, 7.00pm. A light supper will be provided at no charge)

Categories in Competition
  • Waterwise Gardens - residential, industrial and commercial see this link for judging criteria for Waterwise categories and further information can be found here. 
  • Residential - garden of strata or community title dwelling, small, medium and large gardens, garden maintained by person 75 years or older, rental property, patio or courtyard, best kerbside appeal garden, home vegetable garden, community garden plot, new home/new garden, and lastly best garden feature.
  • Schools - whole school garden, native garden and vegetable.
  • Industrial/Commercial/Community - whole garden including tourist accommodation (eg motels, hotels, B&B and caravan parks). Whole gardens of hospitals, churches, clubs and commercially operated retirement estates and nursing homes.
Major points of consideration in judging are: Design, Condition and Selection of Plants, General Appeal and Lawn or mulch.  

Closing date for entries is the first Friday in September (7th) with judging commencing on Sunday 16 September for the Coffs area, Monday for areas to the south and Tuesday areas north of the CBD.

There have been some changes to the categories this year and we are very excited to have a category for best kerbside appeal and also a category for a community garden plot. Prizes have been doubled in most categories to $100 for first and $50 for second placed entrants.

Sunday, 17 June 2018


If you would like to learn more about Begonias please see this presentation from President Jane.

The following images were taken by a friend who recently visited The Butchart Gardens in Canada. 

image S. Reid 

image S. Reid

image S. Reid

Monday, 11 June 2018


Flower of the Month - June 2018

KINGDOM: Plantae

FAMILY:  Lamiaceae

GENUS:  Salvia

SPECIES:  Hundreds

There are over 700 species within the genus Salvia. Salvia officinalis is common sage that we love so much with chicken and salvia splendens is that red Bunnings annual salvia that self seeds so well you only ever have to buy it once.

The perennial salvias which come every colour possible and grow so well in Coffs have an added benefit - they attract some interesting bees.

Bring along your favourite for the competition table on Saturday.

Salvia was the Flower of the Month in January 2016 and there is further information on this genus:

Comprising about 900 species of annuals, perennials and soft-wooded evergreen shrubs, this genus is the largest in the mint family. They can be found naturally in temperate and sub-tropical regions throughout the world (with the exception of Australasia) and grow in a wide range of habitats, from coastal to alpine.

A number of Salvia species are used for culinary (see left S.elegans which is usually grown for its pineapple-scented leaves)  and medicinal purposes and the genus name is derived from the Latin salvare, meaning to heal or save. Although it might be best to stay away from S.divinorumwhich is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other altered and spiritual experiences!

Most species are hairy to some degree and have foliage that is aromatic when crushed or rubbed. 

The flowers are tubular with the petals split into 2 lips, which may be straight or flaring. 

The flowers vary greatly in size, and the colour range is amazing as it moves through shades of blue to purple, and pink to red, as well as white and some yellows.

Most Salvia are best grown in full sun and they require a well-drained position. Generally, the shrubby plants dislike heavy wet soils however they seem to cope with Coffs Coast conditions. Propagation is dead easy from soft-wood cuttings taken throughout the growing season. 

Since this post was written the January 2016 issue of Gardening Australia has been published and there is a beaut article titled 'Celebration of Salvias'.  I couldn't obtain a link for this article but have a linked an ABC factsheet on growing Salvias here. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Zone Day 2018

Zone Day 2018

This event was introduced to the North Coast zone of Garden Clubs of Australia by the then Zone Co-ordinator, Keryn Rodham in 2014. This friendship day event has been held every second year since. The 2018 event is being hosted by Nambucca Valley Garden Club. Details are:

When: 28 July 2018
Where: RSL Club, Nelson Street, Nambucca
Time: 9:30am
Cost: $35pp

There will be lots happening during day, including a welcome morning tea for the clubs of this zone, wonderful guest speakers, raffles, trading table, plant display and of course a sumptuous lunch - I've also heard there is going to be entertainment too!
RSVP to the Nambucca Valley Garden Club is required BEFORE 20 July which means that the next CHGC meeting (16 June) is when we need to indicate if we are attending to Secretary Barbara.

Payment at the 21 July meeting of CHGC please.

Friendship through gardens

Friday, 1 June 2018

Azalea Petal Blight

Azalea Petal Blight is caused by fungus and is a problem common in warm humid areas like the Coffs Coast.

It ruins azalea spring flower displays. The petals develop spots, brown on white flowers and cream on coloured flowers. Soon the petals turn completely brown, collapse and die with the flowers remaining on the stems harbouring the fungus.

If you wish to have a good display of spring flowers on your azaleas it's time to do a little work now. As with many fungi it is difficult to deal with and no sure way to completely eradicate it however it is best treated with cultural and preventative steps to help control it.

It is very important to remove and destroy all the infected flowers as the fungal spores remain with the collapsed flowers until the following year when favourable conditions will enable it to flourish once again, thus continuing the cycle.

There are some steps to take which will help - one of these is NOT to water azaleas overhead. As their roots are shallow it is best to do deep watering on the ground during dry times.

There is also a preventative fungicide called Zaleton that will help control the fungus. Spraying has to commence as soon as the buds emerge and continue to do so every two weeks until the flowers have finished. You will be astounded just how good your bushes will look if you are diligent in this spraying program.

With all chemicals care has to be taken in their use and this chemical is no exception, it does have toxic side effects, so please read the safety information and wear protective gear when applying.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Neonicotinoid Products, You Might be Surprised!

Illustration Tony Linka

Earlier this week I wrote about the UN declaring the 20th of May each year as Word Bee Day. The EU has taken up the issue of harmful pesticides and their affect on bees and voted to ban the outdoor use of the neonicotinoid group of insecticides because they are so harmful to bees. It is not my intention to bombard with an overload of information but felt that the full list of commercially available products in Australia which fall within this group should be included in this post. Some of which are used in agricultural/veterinary preparations, however there are some that are used for the domestic market too that may be familiar to you. This information was sourced from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. 

Following is a list of chemicals that make up the neonicotinoid group and the brand name that chemical is sold under in Australia:


  • Acetamiprid
  • Echem Acetamiprid 225 Insecticide
  • Primal Insecticide
  • Acetamiprid
  • Defender Concentrate Maxguard Systemic, Contact & Residual Insecticide
  • Defender Maxguard Systemic, Contact & Residual Insecticide Kills & Controls
  • Crown 225sl Systemic Insecticide
  • Intruder Insecticide
  • Acetamiprid
  • Supreme 225 Sl Insecticide


  • Clothianidin
  • Dantop Systemic Insecticide
  • Sumitomo Shield Systemic Insecticide
  • Sumitomo Stealth Systemic Insecticide
  • Sumitomo Samurai Systemic Insecticide
  • Clothianidin


  • Piranha Dip For Sheep
  • Lineout Insecticide
  • Thiacloprid
  • Calypso 480 Sc Insecticide
  • Imidacloprid
  • 4farmers Imid-Triadimenol Seed Dressing
  • 4farmers Imidacloprid 200sc Insecticide
  • 4farmers Imidacloprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Ac Impressor 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Ac Impressor 600 Seed Dressing
  • Accensi Imidacloprid 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Accensi Imidacloprid Hose-On Lawn Insecticide
  • Accensi Imidacloprid Lawn & Garden Insecticide
  • Accensi Imidacloprid Ready To Use Insecticide
  • Accensi Imidacloprid Turf And Ornamental Insecticide
  • Accensi Rose Spray Advanced Insect, Mite & Disease Control Rtu
  • Agmate Imidacloprid 600 Fs Insecticide
  • Agrimart Imidacloprid 200 Insecticide
  • Agro-Essence Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Agro-Essence Insecticide Imidacloprid 600fs
  • Agrocn Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Agspray Aphid Guard 200 Sc Aphicide/Insecticide
  • Amgrow Conquer Hose-On Lawn Insecticide
  • Amgrow Conquer Lawn & Garden Insecticide
  • Amgrow Conquer Ready To Use Insecticide
  • Amgrow Rose Spray Advanced Ready To Use
  • Amparo Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Antmaster Liquid Bait
  • Apparent Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Apparent Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Apparent Imidacloprid 600 Sc Insecticide
  • Arrow Plus Seed Treatment
  • Avenge Pour-On Lousicide For Sheep
  • Aw Inflict 600 Seed Dressing
  • Imidacloprid
  • Aw Irrupt 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Barmac Imidaturf Turf And Ornamental Insecticide
  • Baygon Fly Control Window Stickers Flower
  • Bithor Water-Based Insecticide
  • Blattanex Cockroach Gel Bait
  • Brunnings Imidacloprid Bug Kill Systemic Insect Control
  • Brunnings Lawn Grub & Beetle Kill
  • Brunnings Lawn Grub & Beetle Kill Concentrate
  • Chaindrite Utility Insecticide
  • Choice Immi 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Confederate 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Confederate 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Confederate 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Confidor 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Confidor Concentrate Insecticide
  • Confidor Garden Insecticide
  • Confidor Guard Soil Insecticide
  • Confidor Hose-On Lawn Insecticide
  • Confidor Plant Insecticide
  • Confidor Ready To Use Insecticide
  • Conquest Imida 600 Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Conquest Imidah 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Country Imidacloprid 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Couraze 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Couraze Classic Insecticide
  • Covert Cockroach Gel Bait
  • Crop Culture Komondor 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Easyfarm Imidacloprid 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Echem Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Emerge Flowable Seed Treatment


  • Enviromax Imidacloprid 200sc Termiticide & Insecticide
  • Enviromax Imidacloprid 200sc Turf, Crop & Ornamental Insecticide
  • Ezycrop Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Ezycrop Imidacloprid 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Ezycrop Imidacloprid 600 Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Farmalinx Imi 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Farmalinx Imi 600 Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Farmoz Dominion 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Farmoz Kohinor 200 Insecticide
  • Fmc Imidacloprid 600 Insecticide
  • Foliarflo Plus Seed Treatment
  • Forward Imidacloprid 600 Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Gaucho 350 Flowable Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Gaucho 600 Flowable Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Gaucho 600 Red Flowable Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Genero 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Genfarm Imidacloprid 200sc Insecticide
  • Genfarm Imidacloprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Granular Products Imidacloprid 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Guardian Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Hombre Cereal Seed Treatment
  • Hombre Ultra Cereal Seed Treatment
  • Hortico Imidacloprid Systemic Insect Killer
  • Hortico Systemic Insect Killer Imidacloprid Concentrate
  • Imidacloprid 3.5% Pour-On Lice Treatment For Sheep
  • Imiforce 200sc Termiticide
  • Imiforce Utility Insecticide
  • Impress 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Imtrade Annihilate 200 Sc All Purpose Insecticide
  • Imtrade Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Initiator Systemic Plant Insecticide And Fertiliser
  • Kenso Agcare Imi-Ken 200sc Termiticide
  • Kenso Agcare Savage 200 Insecticide
  • Kenso Agcare Savage 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Kohinor 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Masmart Imi – Flow 600 Red Seed Treatment
  • Masmart Imi-Flow 200 Insecticide
  • Masmart Imi-Flow 600 Seed Treatment
  • Maxforce Gel Insecticide
  • Maxforce Quantum Liquid Ant Bait
  • Maxforce White Cockroach Gel
  • Merit Turf And Ornamental Insecticide
  • Mission Imidacloprid 200 Sc All Purpose Insecticide
  • Mission Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Mortein Naturgard Fly Control Window Stickers
  • Mortein Naturgard Fly Control Window Stickers Trusted Household Protection Louie The Fly
  • Novaguard Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Novaguard Imidacloprid 350 Soil Insecticide
  • Novaguard Imidacloprid 600 Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Nufarm Mallet Turf And Ornamental Insecticide
  • Nufarm Nuprid 200sc Insecticide
  • Nufarm Nuprid 350sc Insecticide
  • Nufarm Nuprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Nufarm Nuprid 600 Red Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Nufarm Nuprid 700wg Insecticide
  • Nufarm Preface 200sc Termiticide
  • Ospray Couraze 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Ozcrop Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Ozcrop Imidacloprid 600 Fs Insecticide
  • Pacific Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Permatek Im 30 Insecticide
  • Pest Controllers Own Imidacloprid 200sc Termiticide
  • Picus Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Preminator Termiticide
  • Premise 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Premise Foam Insecticide
  • Pride Insecticide
  • Proguard Plus Seed Treatment
  • Proleaf Plus Seed Treatment
  • Protect-Us Multiag Insecticide
  • Protectaflo Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Prothor 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Provado 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Quickbayt Fly Bait
  • Quickbayt Spray Fly Bait
  • Rainbow Imidacloprid 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Rainbow Imidacloprid 600 Sc Insecticide
  • Relay 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Rentokil Prothor 200 Sc Termiticide
  • Resource Gardening Systemic Insect Control Ready To Use
  • Revenge Pour-On Lice Treatment For Sheep
  • Richgro Bug Killa Granular Garden Insecticide
  • Roachkill Home Cockroach Gel Bait
  • Rygel Imidacloprid 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Sabakem Imidacloprid 350sc Soil Insecticide
  • Sabakem Imidacloprid 600fs Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Searles Conguard Garden & Lawn Insecticide
  • Searles Conguard Garden Insecticide
  • Senator 350 Sc Insecticide
  • Senator 600 Flowable Seed Treatment
  • Senator 600 Red Flowable Seed Treatment
  • Senator 700wg Insecticide
  • Sharda Imidacloprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Sharp Shooter Complete Bug & Insect Spray Imidacloprid
  • Sharp Shooter Complete Bug & Insect Spray Imidacloprid Concentrate
  • Sharp Shooter Complete Lawn Grub & Beetle Killer Hose On Imidacloprid Systemic Insecticide
  • Sharp Shooter Complete Lawn Grub & Beetle Killer Imidacloprid Systemic Insecticide Concentrate
  • Sherwood Imiforce 200sc Termiticide
  • Silvashield Injectable Tree Insecticide
  • Sindor 200 Sc Insecticide
  • Sinochem Intersect 200sc Insecticide
  • Smart Imidacloprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Solfac Duo Residual Insecticide
  • Sovenge 3.5% Pour-On Lice Treatment For Sheep
  • Superway Imidacloprid 200 Insecticide
  • Surefire Flystar Bait
  • Surefire Spectrum 200sc Insecticide
  • Surefire Spectrum 350 Sc Soil Insecticide
  • Suscon Maxi Soil Insecticide
  • Suscon Yellow Intel Insecticide
  • Systemic Advanced Control Yates Rose Gun Advanced Insect, Mite & Disease Control
  • Systemic Advanced Control Yates Rose Shield Advanced Insect, Mite & Disease Control
  • Tanalith Ti Insecticide
  • Temprid 75 Residual Insecticide
  • Termatrix Termite Foam Insecticide
  • Titan Imidacloprid 200 Insecticide
  • Titan Imidacloprid 600 Flowable Seed Dressing Insecticide
  • Trespass 350 Insecticide
  • Tri-Power Seed Treatment
  • Turf Culture Tirem 200sc Insecticide
  • Vectothor Fly Bait
  • Veteran Plus Seed Treatment
  • Voodoo 200 Insecticide
  • Voodoo Guard Soil Insecticide
  • Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control
  • Yates Confidor Lawn & Garden Insecticide
  • Yates Confidor Ready To Use Insecticide
  • Yates Confidor Tablets Garden Insecticide
  • Zero Tolerance On Cockroaches Rentokil Advanced Cockroach Gel Bait
  • Zooter 600 Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Zooter Soil Guard Insecticide
  • Zorro Cereal Seed Treatment
  • Advantage For Cats Over 4 Kg
  • Advantage For Dogs 10 – 25 Kg
  • Advantage For Dogs 4 – 10 Kg
  • Advantage For Dogs Over 25 Kg
  • Advantage For Kittens & Small Cats Up To 4 Kg
  • Advantage For Puppies & Small Dogs Up To 4 Kg
  • Advantix For Dogs 10-25kg
  • Advantix For Dogs 4-10kg
  • Advantix For Dogs Over 25kg
  • Advantix For Puppies And Small Dogs Up To 4kg
  • Advocate For Cats Over 4kg
  • Advocate For Dogs 10-25 Kg
  • Advocate For Dogs 4-10 Kg
  • Advocate For Dogs Over 25kg
  • Advocate For Kittens And Small Cats Up To 4kg
  • Advocate For Puppies And Small Dogs Up To 4 Kg
  • Imidacloprid 3.5% Pour-On Lice Treatment For Sheep
  • Avenge Pour-On Lousicide For Sheep


  • Thiamethoxam
  • Voliam Flexi Insecticide
  • Resolva All-In-One Bug And Fungus Killer With Tmx Plantguard For Tomatoes
  • Talon Ant Killer Gel
  • Cruiser Opti Insecticide Seed Treatment
  • Cruiser Extreme Insecticide Seed Treatment
  • Resolva Liquid Concentrate Bug Killer With Tmx Plantguard For Your Ornamentals And Tomatoes
  • Resolva Protect And Feed Bug Killer Granules With Tmx Plantguard
  • Durivo Insecticide
  • Resolva All-In-One Bug And Fungus Killer With Tmx Plantguard
  • Optigard Ant Bait Gel
  • Meridian Turf Insecticide
  • Actara Insecticide
  • Agita 10 Fly Bait
  • Agita 100 Plus Fly Spray And Paint-On
  • Cruiser 350 Fs Insecticide Seed Treatment
  • Cruiser 600 Fs Insecticide Seed Treatment 

Agricultural seeds are treated before sowing and there is enough chemical absorbed by the seed to affect the mature plant, amazing! In direct application these systemic pesticides are absorbed by the plant's foliage, rather than just sitting on the surface so it spreads to all parts of the plant - that is the leaves, stems, roots, and flowers including the pollen. The tablet form (of Confidor) which is buried under (for instance) azalea bushes to control lace bug that disfigures the foliage poses the exact same danger to bees as does the spray form. Bunnings, Mitre 10, Woolworths and Coles have made the ground breaking decision to cease selling Confidor this year. 

Confidor, for instance is marketed as a control for aphids, mealy bugs, scale, thrips, whitefly and other sucking insects on ornamentals, roses and veggies. Most of these pests can be dealt with by horticultural oils, perhaps not as fast a complete knock down as Confidor, but none the less will give good results.

It has been suggested that exposure to the chemicals affect the bees' navigational and immune systems, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections, and ultimately resulting in colony collapse. Native bees are not immune either as they forage on crops and in our gardens too where these insecticides are used. 

Please be mindful that this post is being written from a home gardener's perspective and it is only my intention to make home gardeners aware just how damaging this group of insecticides are to bees (and potentially ourselves). 

Bees are the most important insect pollinators of flowers - they are absolutely essential for the production of agricultural crops, fruit, certain vegetables and flowers. They are a major link in the ecosystem and any threat to them is ultimately a threat to us too. We need to as a collective group, be proactive in preserving the health and vibrancy of bee populations. If this means that we don't use certain chemicals, this is a small price to pay (in my opinion) in the larger picture of preserving our bee colonies.