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chrythamums

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.

Tulips

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.

Rhododendron losing leaves

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 11:56

Rhododendrons do lose leaves lower down the stem as they grow larger Hacks. If it's been well watered and fed then your'e doing nothing wrong it's just the plant behaving naturally.

Spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:29

No jenny they are perfectly hardy.

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 22:35

Eceiveria has an upright habit in the picture above and all the varieties have a similar habit. The picture CharleyD has posted shows a flatter plant, which is the habit of the sempervivum tectorum. 

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