I was hoping y'all could give me help. A friend, who gardens on a 2rd story balcony, has had trouble with her containers. I'm don't know much more than to tell her about cleaning her containers with a bleach solution, use fresh potting mix and make sure there is good air circulation.
Here's what she wrote me:
I was out preparing my containers for the season last night and thought I should contact you, hopefully you can help.
Every year for the past 3 years I have done container gardening on my balcony, I live up on the second story of a condo complex here in Carolina Beach and every year despite my best efforts to smash and wash off I end up with a huge infestation of ants and cottony cushion scale! Is there anything I can do pre season to prevent this again or during the season so I do not have to see these awful things come back again?
Our building is sprayed regularly around the base for ant and I always spray my balcony for ants, but without fail they always come back and it is sooo discouraging! Can you help with any advice or is there a product?