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What is this caterpillar?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:01

I think I'd go with Dot moth as well, they can be green as well.

Talkback: Late-flying butterflies

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 10:03

I sow butterfly friendly annuals late in July, it extends the nectar season, which means I still have plenty of butterflies in my garden, even now. Yesterday was an especially good day, with ten counted in one hour.

Jasmine hedge

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:58

Montana's are extremely vigorous rose. I have one growing over an old pergola. It was pruned hard after flowering this year and the new growth has almost reached the state it was in before pruning, so be careful. You have to be brutal with them to keep them in check, not that they seem to mind. It's a good idea, but don't be surprised if it takes over.

Poor lawn

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:47

The dry September won't have helped the lawn Mark.

You need to scarify the lawn to take out the thatch that's there firstly. Then spike the lawn every 6 inches, and when doing so lift the grass slightly. Any bare patches can be resown. The weather is still mild and should germinate over the next few weeks. Spread compost on top of the bare patches before sowing then water in well and keep moist. You should see new growth about 10 days later. Compost the thatch or it can go in the garden waste if your council collects it. 

Hydrangera cuttings

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 13:02

Personally I wouldn't. I'd let them develop into larger plants. I always leave shrub cuttings for at least a year before even planting out. Left in a sheltered spot I find the extra time gets better results and they establish more quickly if larger. I take off flowering heads in the first year as doing so seems to help the root system grow bigger and stronger. Most plants bought in GC's and shops are at least 2 yrs old, some older. As for the Aluminum, I'd get that in the planting hole when planting. You can add some to the pot when they are established to speed the process, but they need a really good root system first to maximise the benefit.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:27

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Dying Bush

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:36

Cut it back now before winter sets in. This will give the cut time to heal naturally and in spring the new growth will appear. 

Dying Bush

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:22

Welcome trevor, it's a choysia, mexican orange blossom. This sometimes happens usually due to a wound or break in the stem lower down the plant. You can prune it out if you get a total die back, they do come back with time. It will look a bit unbalanced, but don't give up on it just yet.

Help please Identifying a plant

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:18

Looks like gaura to me too.

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:16

I'd get the free chicken manure and all the other bits and compost them together, you'll have great compost.

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