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Climbing Roses Advice

Posted: Today at 10:50

That trellis needs to be wider to train those roses properly nitram. The leaders need to be tied in laterally or at 45 degrees. They'll be firm enough now to tie in. That will produce the flowering side shoots. For three months growth that's pretty good, so training as previously described is now the next step.

New Garden - complete overhaul help!

Posted: Yesterday at 21:22

Best thing you can do is get it all strimmed down right now. Apply a glyphosate based weed killer and let that work for a few weeks. You won't get the best out of the weed killer as it's late in the season, but for now its the best option. personally I'd then wait till spring when the weeds are just coming up and then tackle it again with weed killer. If you try and put down membrane, even top quality landscaping membrane, down now, weeds will come through next spring and I've seen nettle lift membrane before and it's a hell of a job to get it out.

In spring spray at two weekly intervals for a month, leave a further two weeks and only then can you really think of laying a membrane and putting slate chips on top.

It may not be what you want right now, but in my experience it's worth the wait. Impatience can cost money in the long run.

'Bubbly' red currant leaves

Posted: Yesterday at 21:10

It's currant blister aphid katvet. See the link below for control options.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:24

If they have a decent root system Gill, yes. I've just planted about 20 in clients gardens. The root system needs to quite visible at the edge of the pot. Mine were in 9cm pots, so it depends on what pot size they came in really. If they're still small I'd grow them on a bit first. If we get early frost I'd pop them in a cold frame till next spring and plant them out then.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:16

Leave till feb arthur, it gives the plant time to take in the energy needed to get going next year, British weather dependent of course.

Short flowering season for my buddleja's

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:23

I have several and they're all still going strong, but things in my garden have varied greatly this year, what did well last year hasn't this and vice versa , so for me it been a bit disappointing. Mind you the bees and butterfly numbers (that's what I plant for) although a bit late have been better than last year.

An observation.....

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 07:43

A 2ft long slug, must be a new alien species of slug. 

Patio Roses in Containers

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:12

Container roses, do this sometimes Jan. All roses grown in a container need weekly watering, you can't rely on normal rain, even torrential rain, it never gets to the bottom of the pot. I'd drench it or soak it in a larger container overnight, drain it then leave it in a slightly sheltered position for a few weeks. It's probably dry at the roots and has taken exception to it. It should recover quite quickly, there may even be time for a few more flowers weather dependent of course.

Weed killer before sowing grass seed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:04

No it's not Lucid. Weedkiller takes a week to 10 days to start working properly. Weedkiller then immediately digging  just buries the weed which can then come back, especially if they are perennial weeds. You can dig in annual weeds without applying weedkiller turning the soil as you go. That's the way I do it and I'm a professional gardener.

Rose Trees

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:31

Standard roses are just ordinary roses with one long stem. Although some varieties lend themselves to standards better than others. They need potting into a large  pot at least 2ft in diameter. The potting mix should be a John Innes No3, available from most good garden centres. Plant with a handful of bonemeal at the base of the planting hole and leave a 2 inch gap between the top of the pot and the soil level. The addition of rootgrow when planting is advisable and regular watering is needed, at least weekly in hot weather. Pruning is the same for all standards, except  you are trying to encourage a sphere in shape when pruning in spring. I think there's a section on pruning roses in the How To guide. The feeding regime is the same as for any rose, in spring and after the first flush of flowers. Pruning after flowering or dead heading is the same for any bush rose, taking it back to a leaf axil. Newly planted roses need weekly watering until established, at least two months. Being in pots  they can be moved, full sun is best. Any other questions just ask. Best of luck. Weeping standards are treated differently to ordinary standards when pruning as your'e trying to maintain the weeping stems.

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