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Liquid feed that doesn't burn leaves?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:13

Yes, you certainly can - I rarely fork mine in as, like you, I have too little root-free soil

moss

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:10

Yes, it is due to over-watering - they need to be damp, not wet. Scrape off the moss with a trowel and re-top with fresh soil.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:23

It works better if you make sure that the soil surface is a bit rough, so the poppies have somewhere to lodge.

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:21

Oh, dear! Well, all insecticides are dangerous to fish, but it is a matter of degree; I think it's unlikely that a drop or two will do much harm when it's spread over a large pond (I hope it is large?)  The only thing that you could do to help matters is dilute its effects by adding clean water to the pond, but I don't know how practical that would be.

Good luck!

Cotoneaster spiders

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:04

The webs may be from moth caterpillars - they are very well camouflaged, which is why you won't have seen them. They will eventually kill the parts of the shrub that they keep festooning with webs.

There's no organic control, I'm afraid - only an insecticide such as Provado Ultimate Bug Killer will get rid of them. As long as the plant isn't flowering for six weeks afterwards, it won't affect bees.

Willow affected by drought

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:01

At that size it should do so, yes. It's not uncommon for mature trees to shed their leaves in drought, and they're usually OK.

Liquid feed that doesn't burn leaves?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 17:14

I don't understand why you think you've missed the time for chicken pellets - they can go down at any time, including now.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:41

No. Bulbs need to be left alone for the leaves to turn brown naturally - a minimum of six weeks after flowering in the case of daffodils. If you don't, then the bulb has no time to store energy or manufacture flowers for next year.

If you need the containers, plant the bulbs in a spare bit of soil to allow them to die back fully. Once the leaves have died you can take them up and store them in a cool, dry spot until re-planting in September, although not all bulbs like being out of the soil - snowdrops, for example, will simply dry out and die.

If you can't put them in soil to allow them to die back naturally you may as well bin them.

black bugs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:23

Difficult to tell without seeing them, but I'd guess that they are a form of aphid. Spray with any insecticide, or add a drop of washing-up liquid to water and spray with that.

If the sections look dead once the insects have gone then yes, I would prune them off.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:17

Sunny intervals here, but breezy - looks like the grass will finally get a cut

Fuchsias are out, but some baskets still to be planted up...

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