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Lilac cutting.

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:04

To achieve a bushier plant you need to cut it back to a pair of buds lower down the stem steve. The lower you go the bushier it will become. I'd have cut it down to 8 to 12 inches months ago. Cutting out the growing point will force it to produce new growth lower down. It will go dormant once we get the first frosts, and cutting now could let the frost into any new cut, so I'd put it to one side for now and in spring cut it back hard, feed it, and it will grow away next year.

Rhododendron losing leaves

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 11:56

Rhododendrons do lose leaves lower down the stem as they grow larger Hacks. If it's been well watered and fed then your'e doing nothing wrong it's just the plant behaving naturally.

Spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:29

No jenny they are perfectly hardy.

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 22:35

Eceiveria has an upright habit in the picture above and all the varieties have a similar habit. The picture CharleyD has posted shows a flatter plant, which is the habit of the sempervivum tectorum. 

Hedge problem

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 22:04

It can happen with leylandii, as artjak say's wind burn, or aphids are the causes. It's been a good year for aphids, and sooty mould doesn't always stay on the branches. Unfortunately it won't recover. 

Help - Sick Privet Hedge?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 22:00

That could be either wilt or honey fungus. Scratch off a piece of bark, if the underneath is discoloured (it should be greenish in healthy plants) then it's more than likely wilt. A high potassium based feed (Tomato feed) will sort it out. If that doesn't work, then it may be honey fungus and that means doom for the hedge. Try the the tomato feed first.

Lifting Dahlias

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 10:05

You can do either tayberry. I find it's better to leave them in till after the foliage has been blackened by frost, the tubers are bigger if they are left that bit longer.

Mature Roses

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 22:23

You can renovate old roses. You do risk losing them, but if your'e prepared to replace them it's worth giving it a go. Cut them back hard to 6 to 8 inches from the ground. Then feed mulch and water them. I'd leave it till spring just before they come into growth, as the coming winter is forecast to be quite cold. Enjoy the display for now.

Spring tulips and daffodils in my strawberry beds?

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:50

Shouldn't be a problem, bulbs are planted deeper and strawberries are shallow rooted.

 

 

Ladybirds

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:57

Ladybirds gather at this time of year, it's the start of the hibernation process. Once they find a suitable place to hibernate, they all migrate to that spot. It's a team effort to find a good spot, it's an example of group co-operation to benefit the species.

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