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Help needed - Fungus in garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:45

In that case I think your idea of using a brick wall to retain the soil in that spot is the best answer, as the excess water is definitely at the root (well.. mycelium ) of the problem.

Lifting Daffodils

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:11

You really need to leave them until the leaves turn yellow Lulu, as the leaves are building the bulb up so it can flower next year - the flower comes from the goodness already stored in the bulb.  If you lift them now, lift clumps of them with plenty of soil attached to the roots and plant them somewhere else for a couple of months until the leaves die back.  Once that has happened you can split them and replant the bulbs to where you want them.  The less time the bulbs are stored dry and out of the ground the better.

Help needed - Fungus in garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:04

I agree 4 years is a bit of a short lifetime for a new one, Gillibobs.  It might be that particular piece of timber was already infected.  Do you know the type of wood used, as Welshonion said?  Oak is one of the longest lasting ones.

Blueberry

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:14

I have about a dozen Stacey and one of them looks just like yours this year.  I wonder if it could be vine weevil?  Let me know if you find any when you re-pot and I'll do the same to my poorly one!

Help needed - Fungus in garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:10

There's no cure as such.  Pre-treated wood will last longer but will eventually succumb to one of the thousands of types of fungi (only a laboratory could definitely ID which one.)  However, it could last another 5 years before falling apart completely.  The only real solution is replacement - pre-treated wood can last 15 years but if in permanent contact with wet soil it can be much less.  That's why railway sleepers used to be soaked in boiling tar, which makes them last for decades.  Unfortunately, it was found to be rather toxic and carcinogenic, so you can't generally find them for domestic use any longer.

Is my wisteria going to strangle my tree?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 09:57

Nutcutlet is perfectly correct - the only living part of a tree trunk is a thin layer of cells just under the bark (sometimes only one cell thick!) known as the cambium.  If this gets restricted all the way around the trunk, the tree will die.  See here for an explanation:

http://www.appleman.ca/korchard/grfting3.htm

 

ants

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 21:06

They are 'farming' aphids Lisa.  The ants feed off the sugary waste the aphids produce as they suck the sap of the tree.  You can apply a grease band to stop the ants - I use a thick layer of Vaseline around the trunk of my apple trees to stop them.  The ants also carry young aphids to new leaves.  Don't forget to kill the aphids now you know they are present - a spray with soapy water will do the trick.  

Sweet pepper seed germination - epic failure!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:24

Better to use a windowsill indoors that an unheated greenhouse, NannyG.  The type of seed trays with a clear lid are best.  Chilies and peppers need higher night time temperatures than you will get in a cold greenhouse at this time of the year.

Honeyberry flower bud or fruit

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:13

Agreed, young fruit (lucky you!)   The slight purple on the leaves means it got a bit dry at some stage, probably during delivery.

woolly aphid?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:06

As it's an indoor plant, I'd spray with Provado ultimate bug killer, which is systemic and will be absorbed into the plant so is guaranteed to kill them.  Being indoors, there is no chance of the spray harming bees or other wildlife so I have no qualms about using it on pernicious pests on houseplants.

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