Latest posts by BobTheGardener

The Chelsea chop

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 20:34

This was asked a few years ago on the forum:

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.):

Last edited: 14 May 2016 16:34:34

Apple tree planting

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 19:13

Multi-purpose compost is not the right stuff for planting trees.  Get a couple of bags of farmyard manure from a garden centre (this will already be well rotted), dig one and a half bags into the area, dust the roots of the tree with a packet of rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi and plant it.  Water it copiously and then top-dress the area with the remaining half bag of farmyard manure.  Water it once a week until autumn.

Hawthorn Hedge Disease

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 07:47

There are a number of diseases which could be infecting your hawthorns and top of the list would be Juniper rust which also affects pears although damage is usually seen later in the year.  Do you have any junipers or cedar trees nearby?  Hawthorn cannot infect other hawthorns with this, the host is juniper.

Others possibilities are powdery mildew and hawthorn red fold gall.  Google those to see if any images look similar.

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:27

You can't miss sawfly on SS Tetley!   Dozens (or even hundreds!) of small grey caterpillars will strip the foliage almost overnight!  Just check every day and squish any you see.  Birds seem to find them distasteful so don't expect any help from natural predators.  They tend to start on the lower leaves and are masters at hiding under them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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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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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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Plant ID quizzes

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

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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