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Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 11:43

I would remove the overhanging branches as long as you only remove the bits on your land. That will remove part of the problem.

A strong hose will remove green and white fly and they do not reattach when they get washed off the stems/leaves.

I use Provado for my Lupins as the greenfly can literally coat the stems and my wife hates them as it is.

How do I go about draining this?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:03

There are website that tell you what soil you have, so no need to do a test pit as someone has already done that in your area...I would just decompact it by forking over and adding bark and compost.

How do I go about draining this?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:44

I would fork over the whole area or if I had money rotavate it deeply. My guess would also be that it is just compacted.


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:14

I built raised beds with old pallets then faced them with decking on all sides and at the top. Cost less than £30. Top soil can be bought by the ton quite cheaply - try the local authority or builders yard.

GW weather

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:39

Mine is showing today and tomorrow. I tend to use more accurate forecasts like Wunderground to plan though.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:11

I bought some a few years back and for about 4ft at most then faded. I think the highly scented smaller varieties (which grow 3ft) are far superior.

Trees are not 4-5 ft tall, a small shrub is, tree is just a marketing term and most of the suppliers have very select pics of them to temp people into buying in to that marketing.

Ideas for keeping mulch in place round trees - recycled stuff

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 14:58

In Washington DC they use small lawn-fences around trees, plants bulbs like Tulips or bedding like Pansies and mulch with Coir. Am sure you can buy decent looking fences like that for £1 or more for better quality ones.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 13:09

I always thought that tree lilies were a marketing trick? They are just larger varieties of lily that takes years to grow large enough to grow tall enough to be 'tree' like?

Tree suggestions

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:34

How about:

Tibetan Cherry Trees give a wonderful reddish bark, cherry flowers in spring and summer and autumn foliage.

Katsura tree - grows slowly, difference looking foliage, golden leaves in autumn and will not damage the tarmac.

A Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. Just fantastic and slow growing.

Birch and Rowan get too big too quickly. The Maple will not appreciate its shallow roots being underneath tarmac. So I suggest removing as much tarmac as possible.

Box Hedging

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 08:59

Buxus sempervirans. Most garden centres sell it. Gorws slowly and can be pruned to 20cm high.

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