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Tree fungus

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 07:05
Thanks for the suggestions folks but this tree is ginormous. It is higher than the house and would cost a fortune to fell. My daughter is concerned it may become unstable but as yet there are no dead branches.
Has anyone had a similar problem? Was it treatable?
CC xx

Tree fungus

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:18

Hi all,

My daughter has a huge Eucalyptus tree in her garden that has developed a white fungus-like discolouration and has bark falling off. This is happening mainly on the north facing side of the trunk. The tree usually drops bark in small narrow strips but this is going right down to the trunk under the bark.

Any ideas suggestions what it might be/ how to treat it/ prognosis?




Ants in the lawn

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:39

I've just received a refund for some nematodes I ordered from T&M to kill off the RED ants in my large garden. The website said it killed the ants but on receiving the package it informed me they only irritate the ants and move them elsewhere. This is of absolutely no use to me as I have a bad reaction to red ant stings (I'm happy to share my garden with ants of any colour apart from the red ones).

I searched elsewhere online and it seems that a solution of Borax is the only sure answer. I had been told this was now illegal but find it has simply been reclassified and is still available on Ebay. Apparently you mix it with sugar ie 1 teaspoon of Borax to 10 teaspoons of sugar, and mix it to a gluey consistency with warm water and leave it by the ant runs, I plan to put it in an unturned jar to protect it from rain.. The ants take it to their nest and it should do the trick.

low maintance plants

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 21:04

Hi Graham, You say your uncle gets geraniums every year. Are you thinking of the pelargoniums - the ones that are tender and often used in hanging baskets? The perennial variety come in lovely blues, whites and pinks and various heights and go really well with roses.  Also Alchemilla Mollis goes really well  and makes brilliant low maintenance ground cover. I've just bought a few Vinca Minor 'Gertrude jekyll' (perriwinkle) to use as ground cover for an area that is a pain to get into as it's on a steep slope. This plant has evergreen foliage and dainty white star shaped flowers that should keep flowering for much of the year.

I would be tempted to go for low maintenance ground cover. These would all work well with summer bulbs, eg Alliums.

Dove's idea of daylilies is a good one too. They give good ground cover and the leaf colour right now is very fresh and bright. 

Our local club is having a special event with Bob Flowerdew talking about 'No Work gardening' that I'm looking forward to on 18th April. I'll let you know if I pick up any tips


Decking and rats

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:36

Do you have any bird feeders nearby? I saw a rat last winter climb into the 'squirrel proof' peanut feeder outside our kitchen window in full daylight. I've had to stop feeding the birds.

What does your pest control officer advise?

Plant Identification please

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:30

I agree with daydaisy. I have quite a bit of it in the borders and it looks just like yours. It looks very pretty growing though other things, isn't a thug and is easy to pull up if you don't like it.

Newbie with a big garden

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:08

Hi there, the best advice I was given when tackling a newly acquired garden was to leave well alone for twelve months and take note of what you like an what you don't like. This gives you chance to get to know your garden and reduces the temptation to act too impulsively.

Bind weed - and I have all the pesky things you mention! - I find is easier to control by unwinding the plant and sticking it in a polythene bag then spraying it in the bag. It reduces the risk of spray going elsewhere. The bags can be tucked behind another plant out of sight until it's done its job.

Brambles, eight years on we're still doing battle, seem to do best if you are able to dig them up. Failing that wait until the growing season, cut them down to the new growth and spray with a strong solution of Round up. My bottle has a pull down label - not obvious at first glance - that gives different concentrations. Brambles need the strongest solution. Be prepared to wage a long war though.

Ivy is a fabulous plant for the wildlife so I'd think hard before eliminating it.

Most of all, enjoy your garden. Joan Bakewell said, when she tried to put gardening into 'Room 10' that it is 'housework out of doors'. I think it's important that it doesn't become a chore.

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:52

Thanks Dove, I shall remember your encouraging words when I'm on my knees

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 17:39

Hi,  thanks for your interest everyone. It is definitely Glechoma hederacea not hedera. My own fault really. Unwittingly I was seduced by the pretty blue flowers and allowed it to grow outside the  (slightly) raised bed where my asparagus live. I suspect the roots have spread under the walls and are enjoying themselves amongst my asparagus. Knee pads and patience seem to be in order. I'm thinking this will be a long haul with no magic solutions


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 17:28


"There's an Old Wives' tale that says on 30 September the Devil trails his coat-tails over the hedgerows making the blackberries taste bitter".

Thanks for the info Dove. I must stop hanging around with so many old wives

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