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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...

Talkback: Plants - planting an acer in a pot

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:13

It will be much happier in a bigger pot, so yes, transplant it.

A shady position sounds ideal; just make sure that it doesn't get the sun at midday and obviously, keep it damp.

filling in the garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:58

Don't compact all the stone, or you'll create a pan that will hold the water and make it flood. Leave channels in the stone so the water can drain away.

Ads blocking the task bar

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:44

If your text is 100% them things should line up properly, so it's probably a glitch.

Adblocker is a program that you can download which removes the adverts from your page if you find them annoying.

prunning

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:41

You can hard prune it to about 18" from the ground but you will lose about three years' worth of flowers.

Alternatively, cut out 1/3 of the branches to about 12" from the ground every year for the next three years. That way you will rejuvenate the bush in three years but retain some flowers throughout.

filling in the garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 16:07

You wouldn't flood the neighbours' gardens by raising yours, no.

If you are going to raise it with rubble, make sure that there is at least 8-12 inches of soil before the turf. If you don't, your lawn will struggle to get enough moisture in dry spells and look patchy at others.

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