Alina W

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Pum Tree

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 13:27

It sounds like you have bacterial canker - full details here.

It's possible to treat it, but frankly, I'd take it back - it is reasonable to expect to buy a healthy tree rather than a sick one.

Anemone Blanda

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 11:55

Not an irritant at all - it's nice to be reminded of others' uncertainties sometimes. As for the drainage - better over-do it than under-do it in clay soil.


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:24

Can you try chasing them off, then? For example, turning a hose on them? That done a few times should help to discourage them.

Drooping Lupins

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:58

Are they in pots? If so, look for damaged roots, perhaps by vine weevil?


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:54

The only thing that I can think of is to net it, but you will need to be careful to do it safely so that other creatures can't be caught in it. You could also use fleece if you prefer.

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?

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