Berghill


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Pest on Cherry tree branches

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 20:29

A little liquid soap on the brush would help too.

Creeping pest I.D. and help please?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:42

It looks very much like Pearlwort (Sagina procumbens). Roundup will kill it, eventually. A flamegun will burn off the flowers and seed heads, but the plant seems to survive burning. This is what is known as a primary coloniser. It is one of the  first plants to grow on newly uncovered sites.

Identify shrub

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:38

I would have said Amsonia too, but as you say it is not really a shrub.

My Mahonia has snapped :-(

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:36

Mahonias may be pruned to within  a few inches of the ground and then they grow from the dormant buds in the stem. You end up with a multi-stemmed shrub, which is actually the best way to grow them. More flowers and more berries that way.

Daffodils

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 11:59

Also as soon as you have removed the old dead Daffodil leaves, hoe gently over the soil to fill in the hole left by the leaves coming away. That hole is where Narcissus root fly adults get access to the bulb to lay their eggs. Fill it in and they go elsewhere.

Slup pellets

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 08:41

Not really bothered about killing off the molluscs, I was more interested in the effects of the pellets on the wild life. The farmers round here throw tons of slug pellets on the Oil seed rape and I wondered if it had any effect on the animals around.

Rhodohypoxis

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 20:01

Mice adore them. We lost all ours to rodents a few years back. They also need to be very dry over winter or they rot.

Unknown shrub

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:32

They also get quite large. I have just had to take a chain saw to one which was over hanging the fence. the branch was over 3 inches in diameter. You can cut them right down to the ground and they regrow quite quickly.

Slup pellets

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:29

Are the slug pellets which are so poisonous to cats and dogs also poisonous to other creatures?  I know that they can kill hedgehogs, but what about rabbits, squirrels or badgers?

soil treated by ant powder

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:27

Hope so, since we have used it extensively over the last 20 years in the polytunnel. And since it is 99 percent talcum powder I doubt very much that it is going to be harmful to humans. Any poison in it is going to be quickly diluted when it rains.

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How very frustrating.......

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More work!

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