Alina W

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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 09:41

Overcast but warmer today - and supposed to be splitting the flags tomorrow


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:36

Perfectly good construction, though - just not for this word

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:35

Yes, you should be able to cut it hard back to get better growth. It can be done now, and feed and water it well afterwards.

In future, try to trim it several times a year, as soon as it starts to look tatty, starting after it has flowered so that you can preserve the flowers and hence berries.

Sunflower Problems

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:31

You shouldn't really be feeding seedlings for the first few weeks - potting them on into fresh compost as they outgrow their pots should give them enough food.


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:15

There are some new strains with upright flowers - most of them are indeed pendulous.

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