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Apple tree, advice please.

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 22:46

Hi Mountainranger, what you have there is known as a year old 'maiden' tree.  Pruning is simple - basically choose a good looking bud about 75cm from the base and prune the top off just above this bud.  This will promote branches to develop.  See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DP5ilmk6z8

 

When to replant after tree felling

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 22:35

Hi Julie, the ground in that area will be quite depleted of nutrients so I would recommend digging in some well rotted manure and giving it a bit of a rest for most of the rest of this year - perhaps just plant some annuals.  The best time to plant new trees is November onwards which is the time you will also find the best range available in the nurseries.  It will also give you plenty of time to think about what you want.

Daffodils Disappeared

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:06

Have a dig and see what you find Tomsk.  It could be a bad attack of Narcissus bulb fly:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=657

 

Disease/disorder on Japanese Acer

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 19:12

Pseudomonas syringae is a strong possibility.  A bacterial infection not at all helped by cold and wet (a slight tiny wee small problem for those of us in the UK then!)  I have had several Japanese acers affected but pruning well below the damaged area seems to help.  Unfortunately acers don't really like being pruned either..

http://crataegus.com/2011/11/29/read-this-if-you-grow-japanese-maple/

There aren't really any chemical treatments left that we're allowed to use, but copper sulphate can still probably be found, although you wouldn't dream of using it as a fungicide/bactericide of course..

Bare root has already started sprouting in packet?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 22:30

Plant it and pile up a bit of soil over most of the new shoot to protect it.

Coprosma Pacific Night

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 22:30

It would be better in a large pot really, then you could bring it into a porch or cold greenhouse etc over winter to give it some protection.  If you can't do that, perhaps move it to somewhere still sunny but sheltered from the wind if you can.  However, I wouldn't risk moving it until spring and would just wrap it in horticultural fleece for now.  Once it starts to grow new foliage in spring, prune off any damaged leaves and tips and incorporate a handful of fish, blood and bone fertiliser into the surface of the soil using a small hand fork.

Coprosma Pacific Night

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 22:14

Steven, they can't take frost or cold winds so unless you have wrapped it in fleece it will suffer at this time of the year.  Leaves going white are a sure sign of cold damage so best to wrap it asap until the weather warms up in spring.

Slate

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 20:49

Yes, but put down two layers of membrane, first a weed control fabric then a stronger woven landscape membrane.  The reason is that the sharp edges of slate will cut a weed membrane and you will soon get the grass or weeds growing through.  The second layer of landscape membrane protects the weed fabric.  It's a bit more expensive to do this but it will last many more years.  When I did this I also overlapped by a good 6 inches and laid the two membranes at 90 degrees to each other.

garden containers

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 19:20

I agree with Verdun - they will give you crops for many years so give them the best, and splash out on a JI no.3

Greenhouse thingy

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:37

Good idea GWRS!  This is the rebuilt one, completed April 2003 before glazing:


and reglazed and in use, in June 2003:


Finally, yes, there was rather a lot of firewood!:


Watching me cut that lot up with a chainsaw was obviously very tiring for my cat 'Startle':


 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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