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Flies on earth

llydaw Posts: 133 Forumite
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I'm hoping someone here can help.
I'm a newbie gardener so please ignore my ignorance.

I have a patch of earth in my garden that used to have 2 very large conifer trees in it. The trees were taken down (due to problems in neighbours garden) and the roots and stump were left in the ground. I planted corguette plants last year which did well but I let it get over grown with weeds after the season ended.

I have now removed the weeds e.g there is nothing on the surface and when little shoots are coming up I'm taking them out BUT I have flies crawling all over the earth and flying above it. They're not particularly big flies, around half a cm and have a black/dark brown body with long narrow wings.
Any ideas how I can get rid of them?

I've just planted an plum and cherry tree in the ground there and am worried now that these flies might be causing me a problem or will affect the fruit.

many thanks for any help offered.


  • Farway
    Farway Posts: 13,348 Forumite
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    I would not worry about them, the birds will soon eat them, or due to lack of food source they will die out anyway

    Plum & cherry will not be affected by flies of any sort, well maybe black /green flies [aphids] but from what you describe these are not they

    Just forget them and let nature take it's course
    Eight out of ten owners who expressed a preference said their cats preferred other peoples gardens
  • llydaw
    llydaw Posts: 133 Forumite
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    Thanks Faraway. I can now stop staring at them out of my kitchen window getting paranoid :D

    Fingers crossed my trees will grow.
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