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Advice on what may be causing hedge disease and how l could treat

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:54

The reason the hedge is bare at the bottom is that your'e cutting it straight. Hedges should be cut at an angle narrower at the top and wider at the base. FB&B is good, but growmore will do just as well.


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:50

Probably sooty mold. Solution, spray with mild soapy water repeatedly until it clears.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:51

With weeping roses you have to be a bit more careful BryceyD, You cut back to give you a symmetrical shape. Take out any dead wood and older thicker stems. You want to encourage the younger supple stems. Take a step back as often as possible to keep an eye on what your'e doing. Then feed and mulch it.

What fertiliser to use on my allotment?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:49

That combination is fine.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 22:35

Spray with soapy water rose, they hate it. No need for chemicals, a few drops in a spray bottle and they soon go. Or get Lacewing larvae natural predators. You will need to spray anyway with soapy water or you'll get sooty mold. Roses look daft covered in bubbles but it works.

Decking and rats

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:59

I sounds daft but take a hosepipe and put it under the decking and leave it on overnight if you can. If rats are raising a litter they look for a dry environment, very wet conditions make them move the den. Then you can shoot em.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:47

If they're spindly, prune them harder, cut out the weaker stems and leave three or four thick stems. Feed mulch and water them, don't be timid with roses they love being pruned hard.  

Preparation for a siting a shed

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:40

Sheds aren't that heavy so the base doesn't need to be that deep. If the slabs in place were relaid to a decent standard you could use them as a base, probably cheaper than a concrete base. But if you decide on concrete you can do it yourself. You create a frame just larger than the area of the shed, fixed into the ground with wooden stakes, mix your concrete, 1 part hardcore 2 parts sharp sand and two cement. It should be 4 inches deep. You'll need a mixer, you can rent them by the day or week. However it's often easier to get someone in to do it for you. It's not a big job. Just be careful where you put it though, you can't change things once the slab is down, you can if you use slabs, and they are different to lay but easier to  take up.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:20

Hosta's leaves aren't hardy so May would be the best time to put them out. Mine are in cold frames so a cold GH would be ok. It's not the cold air which kills plants, it's the freezing of leaves which does the damage and that only occurs when they are in direct contact with the frost( unless it's minus 10 or below that is). 

Growing Dahlia's from tubers

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:08

They're better off in pots if growing from tubers.

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