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Dave Morgan

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Beech hedge problem

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:28

Have you examined the whole plant? The symptoms don't fit any known diseases which affect beech. Are they well watered? New hedging of any sort needs regular watering once a week at least in the current weather. It could be stress due to the hot weather or something else. What was there previously?

ClImbing rose

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:13

How much light is on the stems Greg, light and sun stimulate leaf growth. I'd leave pruning till next spring now then prune by half, feed mulch and water well. Bet it gets better.

Rose with black spot

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:11

Sizey, many of my customers have had problems with black spot this year, I do the following and it works, remove and burn all affected foliage and any leaves on the ground, spray with fungicide, and include the ground around the plant, mulch heavily and feed with a rose food, water well and although it will look sparse and poorly for a while it will recover. If infection comes back, again remove the affected leaves and blooms if necessary, and respray. If you keep on top of it you'll get results. The lack of frost last winter is to blame as the spores which are usually killed by frost stayed alive. Also make sure there is good air circulation around the rose.

Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:04

It is Holly, there are several species which have few or no spines to the leaves some of which are crosses.


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:46

Phormium flamingo I I think.

Need Advice on Cotoneaster

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:41

Cotoneaster can take a prune at almost any time of the year, spring is usually the best time to prune, so the flowers can form and the berries later in the year, but I have customers who insist on things being pruned and cotoneaster is one of them. If it's unruly them go ahead, you'll lose the berries, but needs must when the devil drives so to speak. It'll come back next year.

What is it?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:05

Greengage generally has bigger clusters of fruit that's why I plumped for damson and it's still early for damson and the fruit starts round.

Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 21:58

I think the wet winter has had a lot to do with it, my buddleia's are in full flower and the lack of butterflies is marked although the bees seem to be enjoying my penstemons to the full.

My buddleia tree

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 21:55

Thanks fidget.


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 21:54

I had 3 from montrose of guernsey earlier this year and all have been disappointing with little growth, but they are still alive so I'm hopeful they will do better next year, they were plugs, so they didn't have big root systems. Most of those sold in GC' are 2 year old plants, so I'd give them a year to build up a root system. Good care and patience I think.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Best Thornproof Gloves

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Clematis for a dry bank

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Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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