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Talkback: Can I reduce a large pampas grass?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 22:02

A spade as per the above or burning it both work well.

Bananas baby bananas

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 22:01

I take it you protect the pseudostems with straw over winter? If so I would not cut them down...just let the nutrients roll back into the roots. You have a good clump - well done!

canna lillies

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:25

"im inclined for mulch and cut down this year"

The approach that I would take.

Bananas baby bananas

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:25

They are musa basjoo. They put a lot of energy into flowering and the pseudostem will die back in time, but it also will through up a lot of pups in return. The flower can be cut off...I am not sure if the seed will be fertile or not and you already have a good clump.

You can cut off the flower to see if it stops the pseudostem from dieing back but as it has already put in so much energy into flowering I suggest it is too late. I would let them die back and allow the pups to grow.

Yellowing Rhododendrons

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:02

Agree with Epsom salts but would also add in an ericacious feed on top. Rhoddies are acid loving (as are Fatsia). Both will do fine in neutral soil but can go pale and lose leaves if they use up all nutrients and get too dry. Fatsia leaves are also paler the more sun they get.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:01

I have over a dozen types of Bamboo and the spreaders spread slowly in my heavy soil. Raspberry is by far the most invaisive thing I have: they spread metres at a time and come up all over the place. Black Bamboo tends to behave itself and if you really want to hide an eye sore then it will work for some years but will eventually thin out and grow large thick canes.

Damage to fir's

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:24

The Cypress on the right looks OK and the one on the left is ok-ish though I would move both away from the house. Do you have a better place for one or both?

Red Lily beetles

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 18:04

I have these for the very first time. I hope to have caught them early. I killed 5 adults and all the eggs I found. They were on fritillaria imperialis. I had wondered why they looked poorly this year. I have logged the find in the above.


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:05

You get perennial Wallflowers: these last 2-4 years before looking woody (like old Lavender). They can self seed or you can take cuttings very easily.

Any suggestions

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:55

Which part of the picture above is not your garden?

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