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Prunus has lost all its leaves

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:14

Thanks I will rake up the leaves. 

Will try again with the photo, think its my laptop running slowly which is the problem 


Prunus has lost all its leaves

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:35

Hi I have two prunus in the front garden, planted at the same time about 7 years ago.  I don't know the variety but they are small compact with purple leaves and pink flowers.  This year one of the trees started dropping its leaves in midsummer, and by now is completely bare, whilst the other tree 10 feet away is still in full leaf.  I thought it might be drought because of its position but the leaves were still red when they fell off, not desiccated.

Having looked at the underside of one of the leaves there are raised pale brown markings along the central vein but I don't know if this is one of the normal signs of the dying process.  I can't see evidence of any kind of other disease. Tried to attach photo but it defeated me. Will keep trying.  In the meantime does anyone have any ideas?


is it too late to overseed my lawn?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 17:21



is it too late to overseed my lawn?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 17:12

Thank you for your answers.  I was told by someone that grass seed needs light to germinate and not to cover it with compost or topsoil (hence it was always visible to the birds I guess).  They must have thought all their Christmasses had come at once!  

is it too late to overseed my lawn?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 12:57

Hi my lawn which had new turf last autumn is patchy and was also mangled and churned last week when the tree pruners came in very wet weather.  I tried to overseed several times in the spring but the birds had every last seed no matter how much I sowed or how many times I tried, even put down netting but somehow they got through that.  As there are so many berries around at the moment I wondered if I could go under the radar and overseed now while it is still relatively mild, wet, and the birds are elsewhere.  Would it germinate at this late stage?  Thanks 

Advice on new tree please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 07:01

Thank you all for your thoughts - Dovefromabove hope you had a good time at the seaside!  I will look into the suggestions.......

Advice on new tree please

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:11

we inherited four massive Leylandii at the back of the garden and I am going to take them out.  They have been brilliant for screening, of course, so I want to put something in their place, but I don't think a new tree needs to be anything like as tall, maybe ultimately 15', in order to still screen us from the houses at the back.  I would like a single tree with a widish canopy (the back is only about 5-6 m wide), evergreen, but light and airy, just to provide a welcome contrast from the gloom of the Leylandii.  I was thinking something like a pittosporum, with its cream and white leaves, but does anyone have any other ideas? The ground is at the moment horrible and acid but we will grind out the old roots and give it a good dose of new soil.  Thanks!!

pruning a winter flowering vibernum

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 08:11

Should have said, it's the pink deciduous one, don't think I would have had the courage to attack the evergreen one!  Thanks for the advice both of you.  I appreciate it. 


Gardeners hands! Best cream?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:09

I thought I had the driest hands in the world but they don't crack like yours seem to.  I have tried every cream on the market, and I find that a thin cream, frequently applied, does much more than the thick ones which tend to stay on the skin surface and dont get absorbed.  So try a lightweight hand cream and just apply two or three times. 

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 15:04

I'm near you in London and mine are going for it as well - they are in full flower right now so I think will be over in a couple more weeks.  Maybe it's the warm weather - I seem to have had a perfect storm of flowers very early this year, and this doesn't bode well for autumn!

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Prunus has lost all its leaves

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is it too late to overseed my lawn?

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Advice on new tree please

what to plant in place of Leylandii 
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pruning a winter flowering vibernum

advice please  
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Acanthus won't flower 
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Floppy stems 
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