Alina W

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Posted: 22/05/2012 at 16:54

Are you in a drought area? If so, they may have dried out in the hot March that we had. Providing that we get normal rain this year they should improve next year. To help them along, keep them watered and fed after flowering.


Posted: 22/05/2012 at 16:52

Normally, you cut back bushes by about 1/3 if you have to move them now. If you didn't do this, then you can certainly prune off dead tips now to encourage lower growth. You probably won't have any flowers next year as a result, though.


Posted: 22/05/2012 at 13:41

As figrat has said. Spray new growth with a glyphosate-based weedkiller as it appears. Allow the cut ivy to dry out on your walls until it is brown - three months or more - before pulling it off.

Problem with Dahlias

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 13:33

Modern plants are bred to flower as soon, and as prolifically, as possible, so this is not unusual - it just shows that you've been growing them in good conditions. Pinch off the flowers until they're closer to the size at which you want them to flower.

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 00:40

I'm sure you will in time, Garry - as you gain experience, you'll find others in the same position that you have been who can benefit from your knowledge

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 23:24

Any general purpose fertilizer will be fine, Garry - it's just to encourage it to produce more shoots.

Drooping Dahlia

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:11

Move it to somewhere much cooler and lighter. It is growing fast because it is warm, but getting leggy because the light isn't good enough. You could move it outside in daytime and bring it in overnight, putting it somewhere very sheltered. You may find that these shoots shrivel, but the should be replaced by sturdy new ones.

Cherry picking problem

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:34

Starlings have always stripped my morello cherry before it is ripe - they descend in a flock on the tree at about 4 a.m. and snaffle the lot, just leaving the pips hanging there. I've never had the problem with leaves being picked, though.

Rabbits have eaten my bark!!

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:30

Or you can use commercial tree protectors, plastic tubes that you wrap around the base of the tree. Whatever you do, as long as the tree hasn't been ring-barked it'll survive.


Posted: 21/05/2012 at 09:45

There is a product by Provado designed to treat lawns, but you won't be able to grow food in the ground for at least a season afterwards. You could try planting up with flowers to avoid having empty beds for so long - ornamentals would be unaffected.

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