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Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 18:53

It has been very dry this year and Blueberries are bog plants in the summer. I have lost 2 'top hat' as I moved them into a raised bed that is too well draining (legacy of last years wet weather!). Think that is why you are losing the flowers/fruit. The wind can also knock them off.

Uneven lawn

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 14:15

Do not use those lawn rollers that you fill with water to weigh them down - they do not work!

The old fashioned, but very heavy, metal ones do flatten the lawn but unless you know someone with one then they are difficult to find (and are normally rusty).

Unless the electric ones are pneumatic then I cannot see them working, not that I have seen one. You need weight to flatten compacted lawns.

Cutting the lawn and then removing excess soil or filling the dips with soil does work...I have had to resort to the same but you still get bare poatches where the lawn mower hits the high points and then you have uneven grass!

Can anyone identify this plant please?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:56

Agree on Liatris.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:01

I would go for pots, even council 'gardeners' would not cut or poison those. My estate is private and we have communal areas that we pay for upkeep. The 'gardeners' do not know what plants are and cut the grass so low that it is mostly gone now. The borders are full of weeds most of the year and then sprayed (killing the shrubs!) in autumn. I planted 20 2 year old tree saplings, all grown by myself and kids and they ripped all of them out although it was clear what they where.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:39
flowering rose wrote (see)

Any one live next to Glaston bury?


I know people next to T in the Park and they do not mind the noise for a few days. They put up barriers weeks in advance around the site but tidy up quickly. The exclusion zone and road closures is actually good for them as the roads are then very quiet.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:35

Are they in full sun? If so then they need watering. They grow lanky in full sun with the leaves going red with more shade and moisture they stay bushier and green. mine is in semi-shade in a damp spot and it is dark green.

Any ideas please?

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 22:12
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Could it be cuckoo spit? 

If so you need do nothing - they little froghoppers will not harm an established shrub. 


Seem to have loads of cuckoo spit in my garden this year!


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:27

Right plant in the right place - if your soil is that alkali then keep them in the pot.

If you really must then how alkali is your soil? Most soil in the UK is naturally acidic to neutral.

What I did is have ericaceous soil around the plant, then mixed ericaceous and surrounding garden soil around that. That is less of a shock for the roots. You can apply ericaceous feed/iron seq when needed - good feeding is key. You can tell when they need a feed (normally spring) as the leaves begin to go pale and yellow.

Browning on conifers

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:22

I do not think that the cloud pruned tree is terminal. Good luck!

Norwegian Pine

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 15:05

I agree - just new growth. It will match the rest of the leaves by Sept/Oct.

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