Dave Morgan

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Flowers / buds turning brown before even opening

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:08

It's too much rain. I've been this on a variety of plants this year. Buds rotting off die to the rain.

Failed Carrots

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:00

Mixymax, had exactly the same problem in a garden I look after. Last year fine this year awful and I've had reports from other clients of the same problem. I can only put it down to the weather this year.

imrpoving soil for the rose bushes.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:48

Manure and grit are the answers for both wet and dry clay. Obelixx is quite correct, leaving it till late autumn winter will make the job a little easier, although wet clay is very hard work. You just need to keep adding the manure and grit. It make take several years to get a loam, but in the long run it worth it.

imrpoving soil for the rose bushes.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:39

From the look of it your soil is clay. The best thing you can do to improve the soil is to dig in as much well rotted manure as you can. I'd add a large bag of grit for every 3 ft as well. I'd actually lift those roses in early winter, prune them back hard, dig in your compost and grit, then replant them. Then after replanting I'd add another layer of well rotted manure to decompose over the winter months. You may need to continually add further layers of manure over several years to get the loam you're after. Good roses need good feeding. Manure and a proprietary rose feed every year produce the best roses.

Jays, crows, pigeons, and blackbirds

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:32

Yes a lovely dream if people could get on accept others. Unfortunately man as a species hasn't evolved to that stage as yet, and as most bipedal animals live increasingly in environments detached from nature in part or in some case in whole, and have little interest or regard for the natural world, then the course of evolution for many in those environments is heading in the opposite direction of the dream.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 11:44

You need an autumn lawn feed, they're all pretty much the same.

Is horse Manure Killing our plants ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 11:36

Fresh horse manure needs to be composted for a good six months if not a year before applying to beds. Fresh contains too many acids which will be harmful to plants.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:47

Aphids have had a go at mine this year as well. There some lax growth as well, I suspect the wet weather has played it's part.

Is this dieback?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:31

Well it's not a good sign Ree2. Is it recently planted or has it been there for a while?

Weeds in new lawn....help!!!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:28

You don't weed and feed a new lawn for 12 months. It takes that long for a new lawn to bed in and form the root systems necessary to cope with a weed and feed. You're on a new build and that's a potential problem for a lawn anyway. Let it settle first, keep it well watered and cut on a high cut in about 2 weeks. Turf will often contain weeds, so don't panic. You won't get a picture perfect lawn in two weeks unless you pay premium prices for turf and you get perfect growing conditions. Even then it'll take six to eight weeks before it'll look half way decent and natural. Mowing will keep weeds in check till you can apply a weed and feed. I just hope you won't one of the people who are unlucky enough to experience problems with lawns laid by developers and builders.

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