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Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:11

Cut off the dry stuff and keep them on the dry side. It's normal for chrysanth's to die back especially if they are a bit tender. Keep them cool. In spring increase the light and watering,a light feed as well, you'll see the new growth appear fairly quickly. Don't be tempted to think they've died they haven't, they're just dormant. Watch out for any fungal infection as well, if you see some spray with a fungicide as soon as you see it.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:38

Poddington, if you keep them in the fridge they last for a while, about a week. The beauty though is that you can stick them in the freezer and take them out as needed. No need to defrost them either, just hang them up, birds will go for them when frozen, as the fat content doesn't freeze hard so they can peck away as soon as they go out. 

Autumn turf deteriorating fast....Help!!!!

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 23:13

Vegemight leave it alone for the winter. In spring it will be half settled and look a bit rough. Don't worry, in spring when it starts to grow again, leave it to get to about 4-5 inches before mowing on a high cut. Stand back and have a good look. If you need to reseed some patches then do so using a suitable seed and treat any newly sown area's as new lawn. Don't be in a hurry to close cut till almost the Autumn. Fill any gaps in the turf and seed them. Even turfed lawns take time to settle, they are a quick fix but good lawns take patience. I wouldn't worry about worm casts, it's normal and shows a healthy soil.

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 10:59

I'd get them in now if the ground isn't frozen. Temperatures will really drop soon and they'll be better off in the ground than in a pot. If it really freezes before you can do it, bury the pot to soil level over winter and plant in spring.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 14:36

Why not make your own fat balls or fat feeders, its very easy and you know what the birds are getting. 

Recipe: lard, suet, various nuts and seeds, bread, dried fruit, meal worms, bung the lot into a saucepan to melt the lard mix then pop the mixtures, into old yoghurt containers to set. You can pop a piece of wire/string in the in the middle to hang them, hey presto, fat feeds. Quality assured, no dangerous plastic or netting for the birds to get caught in. You can use old pine cones and pack them with the mixture as well.

Fallen leaves on veg beds

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 10:24

Depends on how many leaves there are, a few can be left, but a thick covering can lead to rotting of any veg left in the bed. I always leave some leaves on my lawn and beds to feed the worms and soil over winter. Leave a few but not loads. Dig some in as well.

Trachelospermum Jasminoides

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 11:31

A lot of climbers thrive on neglect, poor flowering is often brought about by too much attention rather than too little, once a year a feed is plenty for nearly all of them.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 16:13

Leave it till spring, that way you'll know which bits to prune out, and leaving the heads will afford some protection over winter. Plus they look nice when frosted.

Moving small trees and shrubs

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 15:56

Take as much root ball as you can Topcat3, The magnolia will probably be the most difficult to lift. Start a foot away from the main stem with all of them and you'll either have to go closer of further away depending on how well rooted they are. If you have sacking wrap them in it and plant as soon as you move in to your new place. The ground is cooling rapidly now and low temperatures are set to continue. Mulch them heavily when replanted, it's forecast to be a dry but very cold winter. If it is as forecast they may well sulk next year so when spring does come feed them and prune them to encourage new root growth. You may find they won't be in the right place later next year, so if there is spare ground it may be an idea to pop them there for the winter and review their position next year. Water them in after planting and keep an eye on them over winter.

Planting potted Daphne in garden

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 10:11

With the downward change in temperatures likely to continue, I'd still go with a late spring planting. The soil is rapidly cooling and only going to get colder, so planting a shrub now, especially a pot bound specimen will only increase the likelihood of losing it. Wrap the pot or bury it and do it in spring. 

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