Alina W

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Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:38

Jean, if the shrubs are well established they should be OK for quite a while, but I wouldn't hold out much hope for ground cover unless you live in a wet area.

worm casts

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:06

You don't want to kill the worms in your lawn if you want healthy soil.

Best thing to do is brush the worm casts off regularly - they're only there for a short time.

Fruit trees

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:03

No, ants farm aphids. Aphids suck sap from trees, weakening them, and excrete sugar in the form of honeydew - that's what the ants want. So ants farming aphids on a tree are not good news.

Anemone Blanda

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 21:59

They are a spring flower and should die back to nothing soon, returning next spring. They will have been planted very shallowly in their pots, but the corms need to have two inches (5 cm) of soil on top of them, so you'll need to re-plant them deeper when the leaves have died back. The conditions that you've planted them in sound fine, although they don't need such sharp drainage.

So, nothing to worry about - you've done nothing wrong.

Fruit trees

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:42

You say the band doesn't work - it should if it's well-fitting. Are you sure that the ants aren't getting on the tree because they can use a different route?

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:39

Depends on the variety, but I'm afraid the answer's yes, and they're fairly fast growers. Watch out for the roots, too - they are very shallow, travel a long way and form an impenatrable mat close to the tree. They don't tolerate drought very well because of the shallow roots, either.


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:34

It's particularly important to keep the moist atmosphere and try and stop them dropping leaves, as once dropped you will always have the bald stem. Rubber plants cannot be pruned to make them bush out - they will grow straight up.

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:06

Is your tree in a pot, by any chance? That would restrict its growth quite a bit.

Apple Trees

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:39

I grew an apple from a pip 25 years ago. It fruited after about 15 years, and now produces a good crop of small apples annually. I keep mine in a very large pot, and it has had no trouble surviving North Yorks winters.

Iris bulbs

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 09:45

You can cut as low as you like as long as you don't damage the leaves - they're the thing that the bulb needs to build up strength.

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