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Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:57

pinging for Dizzylizzy

The dreaded marestail- how do I get rid?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:56

THere was another thread on this subject recently. I shall ping it to the top for you to read. Hope it is useful.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:20

It's been raining here (essex) since I got up at 4.30am (son on school trip to the trenches in Belgium today!) I've done washing in the hope that I can hang it out later but no sign of it easing! Lookout is miserable...really depressing. Strawberries rotting on plants before they ripen but raspberries good. Hoping that the wet weather will help my Cornus keep its strawberry type fruits this year - it usually drops most in the summer...every cloud and all that!


Posted: 27/06/2012 at 22:06

I too have a water scarecrow which has proved very successful. Having read various reviews, don't be seduced by cheaper options of the original  Contech water scarecrow as they appear to be a waste of money. I liked the idea that they were moveable and 24/7. I move mine around the a garden to protect areas mainly from foxes - protecting the patio from being fouled, young seedlings I have planted out, newly planted bulbs etc. My mum uses hers to scare off herons from her pond. I have no deer but deer are listed on the box so it should work for them.Although they run on a battery, it lasts for ages. You just have to remember to turn it off when you go into the garden as it will give you a shower!!

Mares tail

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 22:25

Hi Alison, I have pinged another thread about mare's tail which nmay have the answers you are looking for. Hope it helps.

Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 22:23

pinging this for Alison.

Name please

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 22:21

Lorraine,Post a picture when it flowers and you will probably have more success.

Common garden mint

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 22:41

Sounds like powdery mildew. It is a fungal disease and mint is susceptible to it.  Pick off all infected leaves and improve conditions.Your growing conditions may need to be changed. Powdery mild often occurs when a plant dries out - can happen easily in a pot...maybe consider have burying the pot in the ground or putting a saucer under the pot to stop this happening. If the plant is in a shady position....consider moving it to a sunnier spot. Make sure there is good air flow around the plant. 

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 22:49

Prunus 'Amber Beauty'

Shrub suggestions

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 20:04

Autumn is the best time to plant. Soil is warm, they get a chance to get their roots down before winter and you shouldn't have to water so much   at that time of year.


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