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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Emmagarden, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Emmagarden

    Emmagarden Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello, I am a new gardener and struggling a little. I have a young weeping willow tree which is COVERED in ants, does anyone have any advice?
    Also my mountain knapweed is being eaten alive. I read a little and tried dish soap diluted in water and sprayed both but to no success. If anyone can offer any advice, even simple tips and tricks it would be much appreciated. thanks
     

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    • Gail_68

      Gail_68 Beauty blooms in the garden as well as the heart.

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      Hello @Emmagarden :sign0016: to GC and lovely to have you with us.

      I have a mature Dwarf weeping willow and never had this problem...i'm touching wood this end :snorky:

      This link should help you...as I've never had to treat mine :)

      Do Weeping Willow Trees Attract Ants?
       
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      Hi @Emmagarden are those ants on your Knapweed too, difficult to see from the photo.

      Ants by themselves won't do much harm to plants, they feed on other insects. However their burrowing nests may undermine the roots of young plants. Ants like dry soil condition so keep giving the willow and knapweed a good watering twice a day - it will discourage them.
       
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