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Alina W


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 13:57

Overcast here at the moment, but seems to be brightening up - I might get those plants planted yet. Still very chilly, though - feels more like March than May.

what should i do

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:56

Nothing stupid about the question at all.

I would plant as a single plug (unless they fall apart) and thin them later.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:31

I'd leave it until after flowering, although I'm not sure how much difference it makes. No need to do anything special with the cut, just leave it as it is.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:57

Provided that you have at least three or four left, it should be OK.

Pruning a Broom

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:26

You can prune broom straight after flowering, but only cut back the flowered stems by half. You're right, they don't like hard pruning.

We've found the nest thief

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:10

Or a sonic cat scarer - I use them, and they are very effective. They are battery operated and emit a high-pitched sound that you can't hear but the cat can when they detect motion. You will find them in larger garden centres looking something like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/STV-International-STV610-Defenders-Mega-Sonic/dp/B000NR8Q1U

Talkback: Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:56

Pete, yes, Bordeaux mixture should be sprayed three times, just before the leaves drop, in mid January and early February. In the meantime, gather all infected leaves and burn them. If you do any pruning, sterilize the secateurs between each cut or you will just spread the disease.

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:26

If it is only old leaves falling there is no problem - evergreens like laurels do shed their old leaves around about this time.

However, if there are a lot of ants around it is worth having a careful dig around the plants' roots to make sure that there isn't a nest underneath the hedge, as that wouldn't do it any good.

Talkback: Plants - planting an acer in a pot

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:49

If the wind was very strong, yes. There's nothing you can do other than wait for it to produce fresh leaves, which it should do if it's mature.

However, it's also worth checking that there are no vine weevil in the pot - they can also produce a sudden collapse.

FROST WARNING

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:39

Ah well. I was going to put the fuchsias out at the weekend, but maybe not.

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