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Posted: 24/09/2016 at 14:04



Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:40

I can see the photo Dove - look like slug or snail eggs.

Laurel attack ?

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:38

Bacterial or fungal shothole.  See the RHS advice, here:

Last edited: 24 September 2016 13:39:28


Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:00

Tree seedling, goat willow I think.

Tree is turning brown

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 12:54

That is dieback and, unfortunately, there is nothing you can do - the brown areas will not recover.  I would get them removed and plant new trees.

Spots on my olive tree

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 12:50

Looks like an extremely severe infestation of scale insect.  I would normally recommend rubbing them off or dabbing with methylated sprit but it looks too severe for that.  Spray it with Provado systemic insecticide which will be absorbed by the tree and will kill the insects.  A second treatment may be needed in a few weeks.

Last edited: 24 September 2016 12:51:14

Caterpillars, nasturtiums

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 12:04

I think you need to consider planting something else as anything which will kill unwanted caterpillars will also kill beneficial insects.  How about a wildflower meadow mix?  That will look after itself with just one big chopping down each year needed.

Tree Identification

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 11:28

Agree nut, need better photos to be sure.  I noticed the large clusters of berries at the top when I zoomed in which look typical of winterberry to me.  It's an old and big one if it is though!

Grass dying and going brown?

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 11:22

Looks more like leatherjacket damage - nematodes are the answer to those.  Looks like lots of thatch too, so a good scarifying will help.

Tree Identification

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 10:42

Might be Ilex verticillata, aka winterberry.  The cultivar Winter gold has orange berries, as does Goldfinch.

Last edited: 24 September 2016 10:44:24

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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Increase in noise! 
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Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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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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No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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