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suckering lilac tree

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:58

Hard pruning can also trigger them into 'suckering mode' as can raising the soil level above the roots.  As nut says, nothing can be done once they start.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:54

The first is Petty spurge (aka milkweed), Euphorbia peplus.  Don't let it seed.  The second is Purple toadflax, also a weed but some folk like it.  If you don't want it everywhere, pull it up.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:55

OK, bring back creosote - cancer never really hurt anyone did it?


It wasn't banned by the EU but, like most things, by our own government.  Most of these 'EU did this, EU did that' memes are myths or blatent lies.


There, I've said it.

Anyone know what this weed is?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 20:56

Might be knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) but a bit difficult to tell from the photo.  See if google images for it help.


Edit: just found this which I think confirms it:


http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/knotgrass.htm

Last edited: 14 May 2016 20:58:00

The Chelsea chop

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 20:34

This was asked a few years ago on the forum:


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/thread/?threadId=80926

Issues with petrol strimmer

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 18:18

BB code doesn't work, so probably not that.

Last edited: 14 May 2016 18:18:48

What is this weed! Please Help

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 18:06

I agree and do it quick otherwise the roots will grow deep and you'll have a devil of a job getting them out.  If you can't dig them out because of the position next to the wall and drainpipe, use SBK brushwood killer.

What are these things

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 17:59

They are cup or jelly fungi and are helping to break down the roots of that dead tree stump. 


They won't harm living plants.

Mystery plant

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 16:36

I agree.  Looks like it needs a bit more light though.

Is this a dodgy graft on a tree or is it normal?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 16:31

It is already healing and the bark around the collar should continue to grow and cover the scar completely in a few years.  I would be happy buying that one.


See the image at the bottom of this page to see how the process should go (in this case a walnut tree, but applies equally well.):


http://www.farmforestline.com/pages/5.7.2.1_where.html

Last edited: 14 May 2016 16:34:34

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..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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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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