Alina W

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bugs on plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 13:21

Might be thrips, and your plant an acuba japonica.

Buy either pyrethrum if you're organic, or any other general insecticide if you're not, and spray as directed on the bottle until clear. Available from garden centres and large DIY chains - go to a garden centre and tell them what you want if you don't feel confident.

Don't do it in bright sunshine, and wait until evening.

You can trim off the worst affected areas first


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:15

The top will green up again, but once you cut into the brown wood at the sides that's how itt'll stay.

If you want another tree nearby you'll need to work hard at re-building soil fertility as any tree will deplete it severely.

Damaged lawn from animal activity

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:11

You have to dilute the dogs' urine immediately with a couple of cans of water, but won't solve the problem completely - the only way to do that is to keep your dogs to a restricted area for doing their business.

Sown lawns will not stand use whilst establishing, no.

Have you watered the lawn patches when you've put seed down? They are best covered with fleece and watered daily, and again, hve to be left alone to establish.

Talkback: Ladybirds

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:05

The cold spring with a few warm spells has knocked them back - they came out of hibernation, but there was nothing for them to feed on, so many died.


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 14:30

Depends where they are.

If they're low down they might well be dogs or cats marking.

If high up, it could be conifer aphid. You could try spraying around the  area with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer - I don't think there's a specific killer for them.

You'll have to cut out the brown sections as they won't green up.

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 14:26

I divided mine in spring, if that's any help.


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 13:04

The surviving plants had some resistance and the hot weather has killed off the virus, which needs damp to thrive.

No, this doesn't make the busy lizzie problem any smaller next year - it needs years of breeding to build up natural immunity.

Help the bride

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:46

Potted chrysanthemums and dahlias come to mind. The dahlias are still around, and the chrysanths will be coming in to garden centres very soon.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:42

If it's still green, no, because the spike will produce more flowers.

If, however, the spike is brown and dry, yes.

when to plant rose in garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:56

The only thing I'd add is if you plant out your rose now, you must continue to water it as if it was in its bucket for at least six months - the roots won't have spread far enough to support it until next spring and even then, don't let it dry out next summer, either.

It's quite a large rose, and does need adequate water. Don't worry about pruning it hard back - that is really for bare-root roses not pot-grown ones.

Just prune it normally to stop wind rock in autumn, and as normal in spring.

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