Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pest on nectarine

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:53

Rub off as many as you can RP as spraying isn't all that effective on the adults.  You can't use systemic insecticides (well, at least I wouldn't) on a fruit tree and those are the only sort which will be effective against adults.  Not only will the neonicatinoids get into the fruit but it will also affect bees and other pollinating insects which visit the flowers.  I had them all over my peach tree a few years ago and tackled it one branch at a time, scraping them off by hand.  It was hard work and took several days but did the trick.  If you really have to spray, I'd wait until the flowers have finished and would discard this year's fruit.

Last edited: 14 April 2017 18:53:42

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:24

A busy day for me too.  Weeded and top-dressed a dozen large pots of blueberries with ericaceous compost, pricked-out/potted-on about 5 dozen seedlings, did more veg plot preparation and a fair bit of watering.  Doesn't sound much now I've written it but I'm shattered again!

Plant ID Please

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 18:13

Thanks for the ID nut as I also have that one, which came in from next door under the fence.  I quite like it but find it pretty invasive - it's now covering a 3 x 2m area so will need dealing with at some point!  I've seen a couple of wrens nipping in and out of the 'forest' so it will stay until winter. 

Bees in pond sludge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:37

Just found this VS:

Is this Japanese Knotweed?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:46

No, it looks like bindweed (convolvulus arvensis) to me.  It's still a right pain to get rid of but is in a different league to JKW.

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Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:27

Check that there are little buds beginning to grow on that particularly bare section as there could possibly be something else wrong if there isn't.  Trimming actually encourages growth on a healthy privet hedge so trimming won't cause issues by itself.  You could also feed the hedge (blood, fish and bone fertlizer sprinked near the roots is ideal) and, if your weather is anything like it is here, it could be a bit dry so a good watering might be a good idea.

Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 11:51

Looks like privet to me so I'm certain that it will be fine and it will grow back pretty quickly now that spring is here.  A good tip for trimming hedges is to trim them slightly narrower at the top than at the base which helps light get to the lower parts, so bear that in mind when the next trim is needed.

Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 11:05

Difficult to give advice without knowing what species the hedge is.  Privet and other typical shrubs used for hedging will grow back but anything coniferous won't.  If you don't know what the hedge is, could you post a photo?

Help needed for dull new-build garden

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 10:46

Those field maples on the left look to be far too close to the house (they grow into huuugge trees) and may damage foundations and your patio in the future so I would have them out as they aren't really a suitable tree for the average garden.  Good looking trees which are also great for wildlife include amelanchier, crab apple and any kind of fruit trees.  I'll leave it to others to give advice on evergreen shrubs etc.  Also a word of warning about bamboo - many of them are very invasive and won't stay just where you want them! 

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 23:51

Scale insects, just like aphids, suck sap and excrete sugars which they can't digest and it is that which the ants are after.  Try grease bands on the trunks of your trees which should stop the ants climbing up them.  Once you prevent the ants 'farming' the aphids and carrying them to the new young growth, then you can try knocking the aphids off with a hose spray or, as you suggest, spray them with a soft soap solution.

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