BobTheGardener


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Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 21:00

Fill them in to see if the makers are still active - they will dig their way out if so, probably overnight.  If you aren't having any other issues I would leave them to it - the local cats will soon discover them!

What Tree and How to Prune

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:54

Yes, cherry, possibly an edible variety.  Too late for pruning now as you risk it getting a disease called silver leaf.  Prune it in early summer next year.  As it looks relatively young, you can probably safely remove that whole top section at the point it appears as if it meets the guttering in your photo.

Last edited: 13 September 2016 20:55:46

Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:41

Hmm, holes are bit big for mining bees so probably mice or voles.


Link to mining bees if you're interested:


http://www.gardensafari.net/english/mining_bees.htm

Really Interesting Thread

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:33

Looks like a salvia of some kind.

Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:26

Hehe, I remember my dog destroying a similar cactus many years ago, Alan!

Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:24

Woodlice will feed on plants already damaged by something else but generally only feed on decaying matter.  Their mouth parts aren't strong enough to pierce the outer surface of most plants.  I sometimes find them inside soft fruit like strawberries but you can bet your bottom dollar that a slug or a wasp made the initial hole.


I've had good results using nematodes (Nemaslug) to reduce the slug population here.  They seem expensive but not when you consider they only cost the price of a couple of decent plants.  You need to use them twice a year to be effective.

Last edited: 13 September 2016 20:25:19

Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:17

They could be made by one of several species of bee if the holes are small (1-2cm.)

Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:11

Slugs (most likely) or snails.  They will eat just about anything, native or not.

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:32

Perfect!

Plant identification

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:18

It's an aconitum, sometimes known as Wolf's bane or Monkshood.

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