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Honeysuckle mildew problem

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:57

No, there's no need to get rid of the plant.

Mildew is a signthat it's unhappy as much as anything else. One cause is dryness at the roots (probably not a problem this year) and the other is too much rain.

Gather up the leaves as they fall, and next year, at the first sign of mildew, spray every couple of days with a mix of one part milk to nine parts water until it's clear.

Poisonous plant

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:54

Simply dig it up, and definitely don't let the berries fall and germinate. I've not found it particularly difficult to shift.

Acer problems

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:07

Is it in a very breezy position? I have found that I get dieback in the part of a plant that grows above a fence - the section sheltered by the fence is fine.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 12:04

I'm another one who hates the smell of paperwhites! I do have some bulbs to plant in pots, though - like Jo, the garden is full

Am wondering how to weight my hyacinths - last year they climbed out of the pot. And no, the soil wasn't compacted, nor were they "screwed" into the surface.

Weather - undecided. Showers this morning, dry at the moment.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 10:54

Using bleach is definitely not the answer as it will poison the soil and you will probably need an awful lot of it - it will also be dangerous to any neighbours' pets that happen to walk over the soil until you cover it, so please don't use it - use a proper, safe weedkiller.

Lawn Seed Rotting?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:44

If you have reasonable drainage they should be OK. The only possible problem I can see is that some of it might have been washed away.

Wild Garlic

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:42

It needs shade, reasonable drainage and moisture, and that's about it. Don't plant it in the ground because it spreads ferociously and rapidly becomes a real pest. Keep it contained in a large pot on hardstanding.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:17

Sorry folks - acers DON'T need ericaceous compost - that's a myth. They will do absolutely fine in neutral compost - check the RHS cultivation notes here. But they don't like being waterlogged, which might be the cause of the leaf drop - or it may just be autumn.

As for the leaf loss - the

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 10:18

We get through about half a kilo of raisins a day in winter, and have about 20 blackbirds fighting for them. Looks like I might have to put out more this year

Weeds from next door

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:15

I agree with the physical barrier idea - it's really the only way to stop the weeds. Above ground you can fix wind netting to the fence to hold them back.

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