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How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:12

Hi Bob, yes that's the one.

As far as I can see the one sold by Lidl every now and then is a good as any. I used to have one of those Paraffin ones, but it never worked properly for me so I swapped it for a gas powered one. I have a gas powered painf stripper which is just as effective, but you have to go down on your knees to use it.

 

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:04

There is a trick to using the Flame gun. You go back the following day and do it again. That seems to finish them off better than a single pass. I find it useful for killing the seeds, rather than the plants themselves. We have a lot of trouble with 'poppers' (cannot remember the proper name, but touch the plant and the seed pods explode). Using the flame gun rather than hand weeding does reduce the new infestations. It also is better in some ways than chemical control.

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 20:58

If possible you can do as I do and go over the plants with a Flame gun. This burns off the seed heads at this time of year, then as Verdun says,it is a question of spraying in Spring with a translocatable weedkiller. Long term job I am sorry to say.

Winter tree wash

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 10:30

If you look in the Insecticide selling area of any reasonable size Garden Centre, you will (usually) find Winter Oil Wash. It is a horticultural soap made from plants and reasonably organic. The instructions on the bottle are very specififc.

As for keeping the dreaded Wooly aphids under control, then it is best make up a solution and scrub the tree with it.

The aphids themselves have young which overwinter in cracks in the bark, so again spraying will help control them. They are not woolly like the adults so insecticides will work if it reaches their hiding places.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Green-WINTER-TREE-WASH/dp/B0012XAU6I

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:26

Aster ericoides horizontalis is a shrubby Aster rather than a soft herbaceous type, I cut it back to a few inches from the base each year. Cannot remember where we got it from now either. Possibly from a Garden Centre in Tenbury Wells. Though the last time we went they seem to have stopped selling anything interesting like that.

You probably would find it under Aster ericoides var. prostratus in the Plant Finder.

 

 

Succulents advise

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 17:56

And you would still have to address the drainage problem, if there is one.

Gardening quiz

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 11:03

Will PM you with a Flower quiz which proved very popular with our gardening group.

John Wayne is big leggy!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:06

Ours fell over completely in a gale a few years back. Stood it up, eventually, pruned it like Verdun says and it fell over again. Every winter for a few years it fell over. Now it looks as good as ever with a stake bigger than it. Wonder if it will stay up this winter.

compost heap

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:03

Much the same as we have. We also have what we call the Non-compost heap. This is where we put all the things (except blighted spuds and toms) which cannot go on the heap proper. You know things like dandelion roots and dock roots and so on. THis heap is covered overed and so far has been untouched for three years. the last one was open up after 5 yeats and the stuff was lovely. Ok if you have the room to do that.

Succulents advise

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 16:59

It really does depend on what you mean by succulents too. Sedums (and associated genera) are classed as succulents and many of them are as tough as old boots. Sempervivums are succulents and they too are toughies.

Ok, if the sand is sharp and the drainage is good, then I would add a non-peat compost or leaf mould and 5-7mm grit. Say about 1/3 sand/ 1/3 grit and the rest compost. Succulents do not need too much food.

I would avoid any thing with peat in it, not because of any 'green' issues with its use, but because the dreaded Vine weevil love peat. And the insectcicdes used to kill the grubs will kill the succulents.

Sterilised top soil would be ok if that is what you can get easily.

Anything else?

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