BobTheGardener


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Mature trees, shrubs and perennials dying

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:22

I agree with Buttercupdays and think you should contact your local council with the possibility of a rising water table and ground contamination in mind.  Some of that damage does look more like the effects of soil poisoning than disease.  I also have honey fungus present and it doesn't cause the growth distortion which is clearly evident in some of your photos, Stuart.


Edit: You could also have a number of diseases present - once a plant is weakened (for example by honey fungus or a rising water table rotting the roots) any number of secondary diseases can take hold.

Last edited: 18 June 2016 13:25:59

Hibiscus

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:04

Yeah, I think we need the proverbial 'decent summer' for hibiscus to flower in this country unless you are lucky enough to have planted them in a local microclimate which suits them.

problems with plumbs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:01

Yes, it's called 'pocket plum' disease and you can read about it at the RHS site, here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=199


On a large tree, treatment is going to be difficult if not impossible, unfortunately.

organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 10:29

The loam brings all of the essential micronutrients and the particles (essentially worn down rock) it contains provide surfaces on which all of the 'magic' chemical soil reactions occur.  Your clay subsoil has all of those in abundance so you could just do an initial dig to mix plenty of that into it.  Alternatively just buy some bagged topsoil and mix it in.  A clay based soil improved with lots of organic matter is probably the most productive soil there is.  Once you have it all well mixed you can use the no-dig approach and just put on a layer of well rotted manure each autumn and leave it to nature.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 09:47

As nut says, if it is a sapling it looks like it has been cut back and developed several stems (coppiced.)  Does that area get mowed or strimmed back each year?

Crater created by rain pouring off branch

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:50

Place a pot filled with gravel or pea shingle directly where the water falls?

Wisteria hasvdied

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:47

That's exactly how they die when killed by Honey fungus.  A prodigious amount of blooms followed by rapid death.  Not saying that's what it is in all cases but is precisely what happened to one here and was definitely HF in my case.

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:50

It's called Nemasys Caterpillar Killer - try Harrodhorticultural.com or Greengardener.co.uk.  Amazon, too.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:04

I think it might be one of the red leaved hazels, perhaps planted by a squirrel or a young copper beech.

Distorted clematis bud

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:56

The squiggly thing is caused by a leaf miner which lives inside the leaf and eats the inside.  They cause very little damage but you can just pick off affected leaves.  The bud damage may have been caused by aphids when they were smaller or some other sap-sucking insect.  Earwigs are another possibility.  Try going out at night with a torch - most of the critters prefer feeding at night.

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