Alina W

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Posted: 10/10/2012 at 08:01

Once you've cut them back you can mulch around them - that is said to help control rust.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 12:22

Bright and cool here in N. Yorks, too. I have a rampant hydrangea to plant out - it was small and innocent-looking when I bought it at the Harrogate Show in spring, and it's grown wildly ever since I potted it on!

Magnolia and blossom trees

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:28

Do you mean a cherry blossom tree? If so, it's perfectly hardy and needs no pruning. If you ever have to cut a branch off, it should be done on a dry summer's day.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 11:45

It's probably a combination of the two, but mostly the weather.

Next year, try spraying with a mix of one part milk to nine parts water every couple of days as soon as the mildew appears.

New house, new lawn, mushroom hell!!!!

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 16:07

I suspect that this is something that will be gone after this autumn, or possibly after next spring. The mushroom compost is full of nascent mushrooms, but they will die when they run out of food, which will be quite soon.

I would suggest aeriating the lawn to improve drainage, and then give it time.

How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 14:34

Depending on how much you've got, I wouldn't be in a rush to get rid of it. You will find that newly-dug borders and areas around plants sink over winter, and you will need to top up the soil come spring.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:51

I can only agree with Dovefromabove - and I have seen silverleaf move in in response to late pruning.

Plum Trees - Czar

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 23:26

But you shouldn't prune plum trees now, only in summer, to prevent silver leaf.

The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 22:00

I think that the family will have split up in the normal course of things and so scattered.

Purple privets

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 21:27

It could be phosphorus deficiency, which can occur when it is washed out of the soil. It could also be lack of potassium, but you say you've used that to no effect, so I'd tend to phosphorus.

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