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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.

OLD MAN TULIPS

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 09:19

Yes, it could be, especially if they are some of the big-headed varieties, like parrots. You could try shaking them gently, although a bit of sun may do the job for you.

some kind of fun guy!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 13:30

In that case, I'm afraid that the plant may be on the way out, sadly.

Why not take some cuttings? The propagate fairly easily, details here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=404

Cherry brown rot blight

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:52

If you just mean brown rot, you should prune out affected sections and burn them, then spray with difenoconazole (Westland Plant Rescue Fungus Control), which should control it. You should spray three times, at the beginning, middle and end of flowering.

some kind of fun guy!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:47

I don't know the fungus but generally, they grow on dead or dying wood. It probably won't harm your plant, but may be an indicator that it has a problem.

It might be worth scraping back the soil around the fungi and seeing what's going on with the plant.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:41

Sue, I know Buttercrambe well - lovely village. Not too sure about the new lorry barriers on the bridge, though - they could have done something prettier.

Weather - after a lovely day yesterday, dull and overcast, and will doubtless rain soon.

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