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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:46

It's best done when they are dormant from November to April. However if you take a big enough root ball when transplanting them you could do it now. Make sure you dig the transplant hole before moving them, add well rotted manure or garden compost to the planting hole, some bonemeal and sprinkle some mycorrhizal fungi over the roots and a bit in the planting hole. Then water well. This will give them the best start next year.

What are these?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:02

I don't think they are anything to worry about NG. I can't magnify the image up enough to give you a definitive answer.

Seed germination

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:00

It's not unusual Fishy, they normally drop off as the plant grows. They can be tapped off if they stick when the seedling is a bit larger.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:27

I'd cut them back after the first frost. Chrysanthemums aren't always fully hardy so mulching them over winter will protect them from the frost. Cut them back to a few inches above the soil. This winter is forecast to be quite cold, more than average, so give them a mulch 2-3 inches thick. If you have a greenhouse I'd lift them and store them. You can then split them or take cuttings in spring.

Big weed problem

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:21

It's too late to do anything right now. Weed killer applied now won't be effective. You have 2 options, you can cover it for the winter with a weed suppression fabric, or leave it till spring when you can apply a weedkiller. The main weed is clover which will die off after treatment. Use a glyphosate based weed killer, and treat when weeds are actively growing. Don't rotavate the soil again, doing so only redistributes weed seed and roots. Give the weedkiller 2 weeks to work, then you can start preparation for the turf.  

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 21:51

Post a photo Lplate, please. Laurel is usually a tough plant, only a few things affect it. Pics of the whole plants affected top to bottom will help us to maybe give you an explanation.

Help - Sick Privet Hedge?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:17

David, feed them now with the tomato feed only. The soil is still warm and they won't go dormant until the first decent frost. It will give them a boost before winter. In spring when you see the new growth start feed them again with the tomato feed and a few weeks later with a well balanced fertilizer.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:13

Did you feed them before they died down? If not they would have needed it. If they've just been left they will come again, but the display may not be as good as last year. Ideally tulips should be lifted after dying down and replanting in November. You can lift them and replant in fresh compost, any nutrients in the compost will have been used up by now. It's probably the best chance for a semi decent display, you've nothing to lose. 

Protection for new apple tree?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:08

I wouldn't worry Watery, deer would be more likely to offend, rabbits don't eat tree's. Make sure you stake the tree against wind rock, and leave it to grow.

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.

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