Hedgehogs are carnivores so I don't see why they would be suspects unless the roots are being eaten by vine weevils. Have a dig around in the soil and see if you can find any C shaped grubs which may be whatever did this are really after. If you find any they have done you a favour as vine weevils will eat all of the roots and you'll be left with just dead strawberry tops!
Squirrels ripped mine out early in the year and ate the top fleshy part just as they were beginning to grow and left just the roots laying on the top of the soil but they haven't bothered with them for a couple of months now.
Berghill is right about growing from seed. You might also have to plant 30x root stocks to get 10 grafted trees as many of the grafts will fail and put you back at square one. They may even fail at 2 or 3 years old. Paying a bit extra for a nursery to take all of those losses for you is well worth it in my opinion, particularly as you'll be eating apples a lot sooner than doing it yourself. However, I do appreciate the sentiment and doing it yourself means you can use varieties from trees that you have personally eaten and like the apples from which may in some cases not even be known.
They need ericaceous but free draining compost Cloggie. Some ericaceous composts are much too heavy and the roots will rot over the winter in those (this happened to a couple of mine when I used a different brand of compost.) I ended up mixing the heavy stuff with composted bark chips and the ones planted in that mixture are doing really well. While you should never let them dry out completely, waterlogging will kill them just as surely as it will most plants.
If you spray with Epsom salts, the dosage is 20g per litre (1/2oz per pint.) Oh, and don't spray in strong sunlight - best wait for an overcast day.
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The last two are very dark green types added to provide good colour and the first is a fine-leaved one so it is probably Eurosport which I don't know anything about. It could also be a wild interloper of course!
It's a mallow (Lavatera.) Leave it to do it's thing for now while flowering but you can cut them right back, almost to the ground, in spring and they nearly always grow back strongly. You can cut it back less drastically after flowering to tidy it up. They are relatively short lived so it may just die on you one year.
Rye grass, which is added to lawn seed mixtures as it's more hard wearing than fescues etc. The more traffic the lawn gets the more rye grass the better but it's not so good in purely ornamental lawns. You can always dig out the patches and seed them with a fine-leaved mixture.
Masonry paint would be ok but don't paint the inside of the bowl as they release toxins into water. I prefer the weathered look of garden ornaments myself but that's just personal taste of course.
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Mine have (at last!) started to do something! I started them in January in a cold greenhouse and planted them out several weeks ago where they just sat doing absolutely nothing. A few days of nice weather and.. bingo.