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will a diesel spill kill the grass

Posted: Yesterday at 23:18

Diesel or oil doesn't disperse in soil whatever you add to it, it persists. If it's only a little spill you'll get away with it, but things will die in the area. The only real solution is to dig it out and replace the soil. The chemicals in diesel are toxic as are the oil particles. If the diesel soaked in watering it will disperse the chemicals over a wider area, it lessens the effects, but has the potential to poison a wider area. 

diesel spill

Posted: Yesterday at 22:57

Diesel will kill grass or growing plants very quickly less than a week in my experience, so if you haven't been there for 2 months it's not down to you. Diesel, like any oily substance coats the leaves of plants and grass which starve the living tissue of oxygen, death comes quickly. Someone is pointing the finger in the wrong direction.

Clay soil drainage issue

Posted: Yesterday at 22:47

Rotorvating won't solve this issue Monty, the drains you installed weren't installed correctly as it should have caught the run off which is what your'e suffering from. Drains near the house is what you need properly installed they should take care of the problem. DONT add sand, you'll end up with soil like concrete is you do which will make things worse. This is very different to drainage in a FLAT garden, it's different engineering.

Potted rose in flower

Posted: Yesterday at 22:38

As previously said they'll have been raised in GH conditions, but care for roses is similar however they are grown. As they are potted they can be planted at any time of the year. If you plant in the garden right now they'll need hardening off first for a few weeks so sheltered but not frost free as they'll need to toughen up a bit. You'll lose the blooms, but if going in the garden, they'll need pruning back anyway. That will give you flowers this summer. If you decide to grow them on in pots outside, I'd follow the same as above, harden off prune back feed and mulch water frequently, at least weekly. If potted go for John Innes No3 as the potting medium. Add rootgrow and bonemeal when doing either, the results when using them are significantly better than by any other method.

Should a greenhouse let in rain?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:38

It's NOT normal for a GH to leak. If it is there are a number of reasons from warped frames to missing seals. Warping is the most likely cause. If it leaks it also lets in cold air which defeats the object.

strawberries in raised beds

Posted: Yesterday at 16:33

Any soil based compost would be fine, and mesh or a netting cage would protect them from your free loading visitors.    

Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:04

Chaenomeles or Ornamental quince as it is also known.

spraying fruit trees

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 22:58

I use the Bayer fungicides for most things, a good general purpose fungicide.

Picking a Pair of Pruners!

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:25

Well they are best in my opinion. Durable, clean cuts and easy on the hands. I garden for a living and they are in use every day, sometimes, especially at this time of year when a lot of pruning is done, they are in my hand constantly. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.

Trees in Pots

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 18:24

You can grow almost anything in a container, the size of the pot will restrict whatever you plant. Native tree's aren't usually grown this way, so some of the ornamental trees and shrubs would probably be a better bet. Just remember pots need to be as large as possible to give the roots room to grow and spread. You need to start small with the pots then graduate up as the tree or shrub grows. The potting medium needs to be soil based, so look or a John Innes No3 potting compost, available at garden centres. Personally I'd go for Acers for trees, slow growing, but very pretty. Fruit trees do well in containers, and the list of shrubs is endless. The other thing to remember is watering and feeding, which has to be done on a regular basis. Hope this helps.

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