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Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:46

They should really flower in their first year, I've found. Are you planting them deep enough? They should have at least twice the bulb's own height of soil above them - it doesn't matter that you're covering the leaves.

I agree that feeding is a good idea - any general purpose fertilizer will do as long as it's watered on.

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:05

I have an oak in a pot, about 25 years old.

I'm clearly mad

Lawn damage from fire

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:25

It depends on the size. If it was a large bonfire then you will need to spike and re-seed it. Neighbouring grass will move back in in time, but it would take a fair while to cover more than a few inches effectively.

Monkey puzzle problems

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:21

Other than make sure that it doesn't dry out, no. I'm afraid they don't like being moved, as you've found. Sorry!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:19

Splitting the flags here at the moment, but also supposed to be raining at lunchtime.

Oh, well - it is a bank holiday Monday, after all.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:42

Many flowers and fruitlets are sensitive to frosts.

As for pollinators, all pears will produce better fruit if there is a cross-pollinator available.

But, for the moment, I'd go down the feeding route. Do it a couple of times this year, and hopefully you'll see results.

sand for plants?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:06

No, it sounds like builders' sand, which can contain unwanted salts. For potting or lawns you need silver sand, which is clean.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:02

Growmore would be fine, at 130g per square metre, covering the area under the tree to just beyond the spread of the branches. Ideally it should have been done about March, but doing it now certainly won't harm. Fork the food into the soil and then water it in well a couple of times.

I mentioned pollinators before, too - you will get more fruit from your pear if there is another pear nearby to act as a pollinator. That's why you got most pears in the first year, when it had been kept with other pears by the nursery.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:13

If it's been very windy that might have dried it out, especially on a slope. It may also be getting too dry generally if you have a dry spell. Other than that, are you feeding and mulching it well in spring? That should improve flowering and hence fruiting. Another thought - have the fruitlets or flowers been caught by a frost? And finally - does it need a pollinator?

Monkey puzzle problems

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:11

Sorry, your problems aren't showing.

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