Alina W

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Paperbark Birch

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:47

No tree likes its soil level increased by large amounts, and birches do have very shallow roots. However, the soil level does rise gradually around trees in nature, so they can manage some increase. I'd suggest doing the minimum rise possible, perhaps in two stages. Also, it is probably important that the soil added remains as dry as possible, so the roots don't drown.

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:10

I don't know that acers will tolerate very alkaline soil, although they are fine in neutral soil. Having said that, I do water mine with tapwater when necessarily, and it is fairly hard.

Container size - the size quoted is probably too small for a final size, but it'll take a while to get there.

Talkback: Rose bloom balling

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:05

The staining is due to rain, as is any balling that you get. Drier weather will solve the problem, although individual flowers will stay stained.

Talkback: What's new on

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:43

Yes, you can prune it as hard as you like, even down to a few inches off the ground if you want a shrub rather than a tree.

Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:21

The previous poster has covered just about everything - I'd just like to pick up on your point that you're leaving them to dry off. Don't do that; keep them watered and fed until the leaves die off of their own accord, or they won't have the chance to put energy back into the bulbs and form next year's flowers.

Liquid feed that doesn't burn leaves?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:13

Yes, you certainly can - I rarely fork mine in as, like you, I have too little root-free soil


Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:10

Yes, it is due to over-watering - they need to be damp, not wet. Scrape off the moss with a trowel and re-top with fresh soil.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:23

It works better if you make sure that the soil surface is a bit rough, so the poppies have somewhere to lodge.

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:21

Oh, dear! Well, all insecticides are dangerous to fish, but it is a matter of degree; I think it's unlikely that a drop or two will do much harm when it's spread over a large pond (I hope it is large?)  The only thing that you could do to help matters is dilute its effects by adding clean water to the pond, but I don't know how practical that would be.

Good luck!

Cotoneaster spiders

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:04

The webs may be from moth caterpillars - they are very well camouflaged, which is why you won't have seen them. They will eventually kill the parts of the shrub that they keep festooning with webs.

There's no organic control, I'm afraid - only an insecticide such as Provado Ultimate Bug Killer will get rid of them. As long as the plant isn't flowering for six weeks afterwards, it won't affect bees.

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