Alina W

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recognize pet and diseases

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:32

The rose has aphids, or greenfly (which can be green, pink, black or white). They will breed very rapidly. They suck the sap out of the leaves, thus making them distorted and weakening the bush.

Control - in an ideal world, birds and ladybirds. Otherwise, there are many bug sprays available at the garden centre, or you can make a very weak solution of soapy water, put into a sprayer and spray them off with that.

Can't see the spots on the other photos clearly enough to comment, sorry.

Who's afraid of varginia creeper

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:18

The only real problem with Virginia creeper is if you let shoots fall down onto the ground, as they will root where they fall. They are pretty easy to uproot, though.

Buttercups in a lawn

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 17:03

A standard lawn weedkiller should remove them, e.g., Verdone. They may need two applications.


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:50

It'll add to the organic content of the soil, but it has no food value. If anything, it'll take a bit of nitrogen out of the soil as it breaks down, so it might be an idea to add a sprinkle of nitrogen when you add the sawdust.

What to do next

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:45

You certainly can do as long as you bring them in if there's a frost predicted.


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:44

Yes, as already said, it could be an older type of busy lizzie - they used to be much taller and more gangly before improved by modern breeding.


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 15:42

The easiest way is to pick them off by hand. You can spray with something like pyrethrum, but you have to actually hit the caterpillar, so you might as well just pick it off.

What to do next

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:31

I would keep them in pots for at least a year, as the bulbs will be very small. Also, the emerging leaves look a lot like grass and there's a danger you'd weed them out next spring!


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:11

Not a disease, but a positional problem. I'd guess that the culprits are snails. If you go out at night with a torch you may find them at work. There may also be caterpillar present - check the backs of the leaves carefully.

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 13:09

Try burying them slightly, so that the tubers are covered - they may not be re-hydrating enough.

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