In the battle against all the creepy crawlies which would like to enjoy your plants as much as you do, it's a good idea to be well-armed. You'll find everything you need to fight the good fight in our garden centre in Pyle: keep these essentials in the garden shed and you'll be prepared at all times.

Sprays: insecticidal soap takes care of sap-sucking aphids on everything from roses to cabbages: you'll find handy spray guns in our garden centre. We also stock tree washes for getting rid of overwintering larvae and eggs on fruit trees and bushes.

Barriers: keep pests at bay without having to kill them: a screen of horticultural fleece around carrots keeps carrot fly away, while garlic granules, grit and copper rings deter slugs. Insect-proof mesh available off the roll or as a ready-to-use cloche keeps caterpillars and other pests off crops.

Organic deterrents: in our garden centre you'll find a range of organic methods for tackling pests, from super-effective wildlife friendly slug pellets to biological controls. We also stock a range of pheromone traps to hang among your plants for catching codling moth and other flying pests.

Please ask the staff in our Pyle garden centre for more information and advice about dealing with garden pests.


Dog Friendly Gardens

Four-legged friends can be wonderful companions in the garden: there's something comforting about having a friendly dog snuffling nearby while you weed.

But let's face it - sometimes they can be one of the worst of all garden pests. It is possible to have both a dog and a nice garden, as long as you take precautions.

Choose plants wisely: more robust plants easily withstand doggy rough and tumble, and there's a wide range in our garden centre. They include lavender, potentilla, and sturdy geraniums and Astrantia.

Follow your dog: watch your dog's route through the garden: they're creatures of habit and usually follow the same path. Avoid planting where he runs, and consider converting his routes into your paths.

Protect plants: Sturdy metal supports placed strategically around more delicate plants steer the dog clear of accidents - there's a good range to choose from in our garden centre.

Provide a digging spot: Dogs who love to dig can be persuaded to use a dedicated earth box: try burying his favourite toys for him to find so he's encouraged to use it instead of your borders.

Please ask the staff in our Pyle garden centre for more information and advice about adapting your garden to accommodate your dog.


Averting Cat-astrophes

Cats are among the most persistent of garden pests. Even if you love your pet cat to bits, it's no fun discovering they've been using your garden as a toilet. If it's your neighbour's cat it's downright infuriating.

Luckily cats are fastidious creatures and it's relatively easy to make your garden into a no-go zone they'll prefer to avoid. Here's how.

Get a dog: perhaps not always practical, but cats will avoid your garden like the plague.

Avoid patches of bare, dry soil: these have 'cat litter tray' written all over them. After sowing seeds, poke prickly rose, holly or hawthorn prunings into the ground every 15cm or so to keep cats clear.

Use large-grade gravel: small chippings on pathways and drives are inviting to cats, so use larger stones instead: there's a good choice in our garden centre.

Hang citrus peel among your plants: cats hate oranges and lemons, so hang fresh peel among vulnerable plants.

Motion sensor sprinklers and ultrasonic cat deterrents: the high-tech option, available in our garden centre, these emit unpleasant noises only cats can hear or spray them with water each time they come past.

Please ask the staff in our Pyle garden centre for more information and advice about keeping cats off your garden.