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Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:41

We were let down by our hedge cutters this Autumn and as my husband has been in hospital I haven't found a replacement.  Is it too late to do it now this year, assuming I can find anyone to do them (we have various hedges: yew, leylandii, beech, holly) and if not should frosty days be avoided?  They were last cut in mid-February but the yew in particular needs doing again.

aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:36

Thanks, I'll try the w/u liquid.

aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 19:52

The new shoots of my cordon (or they  may be espalier) apple tress are infested with aphids.  Now that the fruits are forming, what can I do about this?  Is spraying with washing up liquid effective?  If not, what is safe to use,or should I just cut off the infected shoots?

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 18:32

No tree hugging or anything out of the ordinary, apparently.  Bruises almost faded now.  Looks like will remain a mystery - sorry to disappoint you all.  Will come back if any further developments.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:14

The marks are on the insides of their arms, however, but I agree that they do look like pressure marks. I've just had a look at the bark of our oak tree and it does have sharp edges.  I wonder if they hugged the tree and then other kids piled on top of them.  Will ask daughter to make more enquiries.  Beginning to feel like Miss Marples.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 10:04

Good point, Sara.  Will ask about that.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:01

Nor have I but there are a lot of things I haven't seen and my knowledge of bloodvessels is limited.  However, I think it is far more likely that some bacterium has travelled down the latter than that the kids have beaten themselves up in some way and I can't think what way.  GD loves school btw and certainly wouldn't want to miss it  I would accept that it might be due to some activity that both had been involved in  (though can't think what) except that GD was certainly not involved in any activity (other than hanging around hospital)  in the day  between the lesions appearing on the first and second arms.   .

I sent the photo to the dr. who writes on medical issues at The Times (they invite questions) and he thought it might possibly be contact dermatitis which I still don't buy.  Haven't told him latest development.  Still a mystery. 


Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 16:04

No, this was what I was thinking of (how would you like this in your garden?) but the toxic effects are different.





Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 14:53

Interesting, however, that this dr. should be sure it's contact dermatitis one day and self or mutually inflicted harm the next.  I don't think we have the answer yet.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 14:50

Have just had another chat with my daughter who said that the other Mum got around to consulting her GP (not the same one as my daughter's) and told him the story.  He said she shd. go to the hospital (same one) for blood tests (as had my daughter's GP where she started off).  Saw the same dr. at the hosp. who our lot had seen who this time jumped to the same conclusion as waterbutts and told the child to fess up, with no joy, and refused to do blood tests.  My daughter says GD doesn't have a close relationship with the other girl and is pretty sure they haven't been up to anything or harming themselves.  The tree they sat under between games at the netball match, supervised by a teacher, was an oak tree and there were a lot of spiders on the ground.  Maybe they were both bitten by some new species (didn't I read that there was some new infestation of oak trees  from something insect or other which cd. harm humans ?  Can't remember the details but I th)ink tat was in Berks. whereas these 2 live in Surrey.  My daughter is going to speak to the school which hosted the netball match.. 

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