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Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 16:31

Could well be.  You could try bringing one indoors, putting it on a large piece of white paper and brushing over the foliage a few times with your hand.  Any thrips should fall onto the paper.  Whatever the pest is, I'm not sure what you can do unless these are plants kept only for decoration as you wouldn't want to spray chemical controls onto anything you will use in cooking.

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 16:00

As Dove says, if you want to get started asap, I'd choose the bramble infested area and dig as many bramble roots out as you can.  Doing that will also help drainage for the lawn which is important if you want a healthy lawn.  If you then level and lay the lawn on this area, the regular mowing of the grass will weaken and eventually kill and remaining brambles which will appear from the roots you missed (and there will be some!)  Spot-treat any particularly vigorous remnants by painting on a glyphosate-based weedkiller as Hostafan said.

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:49

I think it is out in the garden, Verdun.  It looks like Marodj has put the broken flower into a pot which is the picture on the left.  The flower won't root and will die of course but it does look quite attractive and it would be a shame to waste it until it does go brown.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:43

Hi Sue, I would suggest laying another path on top of the concrete one so that the new surface is level with the grass (ie use the old path as a base.)  That way it will be easy to mow as you can run the mower right over the path without having to worry about any raised path edging damaging the blades.  As the old concrete path base will be solid, you can use thin slabs or even terracotta tiles on top of a thin layer of mortar without worrying about them cracking when you walk on them.

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:26

Some info on miners affecting thyme here, Edd, although it probably won't help much in this format:


Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:21

That's what I'm thinking too - some kind of leaf miner? There are a couple of UK species which can affect thyme and there is rosemary leaf miner.

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:02

Hi Edd, are these indoors or outdoors?

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 23:40

Hi marodj, I think t is probably a cordyline australis which isn't a true palm but most folk call them palms in the UK.  If it is, the good news is that it will almost certainly sprout new growth from the base now that the trunk has been severed.  To help stop disease entering the damaged trunk, I would cut it cleanly a few inches below where the top broke off.  Once the new shoots have grown a couple of feet high I think you would be safe to cut the old trunk off at ground level and if you want just one new trunk, select the strongest new one and remove the rest.  You could also let all of the new shoots grow and have a multi-stemmed one.

Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 15:58

Also the only way to prune leylandii is to the ground, with a chainsaw.   I recommend "encouraging" them with a stump grinder afterwards.

Help with London garden for rental

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 15:44

I'd cover all of the bare soil with at least 4 inches depth of chipped bark to keep the weeds down and plant slow-growing shrubs as landgirl says.  For example, Euonymus are evergreen, come in a range of leaf colours, are fairly cheap and won't grow huge over a 5 year period, even if they are never pruned.

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