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Plant ID please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:47

5 is a young Cordyline Australis.

science behind frost protection?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 13:26

John, damage occurs when frost actually settles on the plant. This causes the internal structure of the plant to freeze leading to death/damage. Covering the plant stops this, generally the thicker the covering, the more protection a thing gets. Layering affords even more protection, just like clothing, trapping layers of air between each layer. I use fleece down to temperatures of -5, and only removing it when the temperature rises. A cloche or bottle will help, but fleece would afford more protection. Obelixx advice is perfect for the temperature you describe, personally I prefer fleece, but either would be sufficient.

Mulching Raspberries

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 12:57

Personally I don't like wood chippings as a mulch, they can with repeated application inhibit shallow rooted plants like raspberries. But for one season they should be ok. Why don't you just hand weed instead. If the weeds are germinating in compost they should be easy to pick out.

Roses - black spot problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:23

For roses, use rose clear, for other plants, any of the proprietry products will do. Personally I use the ones by Bayer.

Newbie, repairing first lawn

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:18

I'd scarify it first in two directions at 90 degree angles, then reseed. You should be quite generous with seed, then water it in. Keep off it and make sure you water it every day. You should see relatively quick germination, a week to 10 days. Let the new grass get to 4 inches before giving it a light cut on the highest setting of your mower. It looks to be slightly shady, so pick a grass seed specifically for shade. As the year progresses don't be tempted to close cut, the longer you leave it in the first year, the stronger it will be next year.

male and female for berries?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 21:01

It is true with the viburnham nut, must say I wasn't really aware of it either.

What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:59

If that is typical of the roses you have, don't prune in the first year, let them establish, and next year you can hard prune. Roses take a year to get going, but once the root system has grown, and they're happy, you'll be rewarded with plenty of blooms.

Rose Maintenance

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:51

Brycey, you feed after the first flush of flowers, having pruned back about 6 inches from the head. Weeping roses are usually once flowering, so don't expect miracles, however I've had success with ramblers, usually once flowering, by pruning back as described and regular dead heading. You won't achieve repeat flowering (a good display) with either of them. Repeat the the first process and you may get more flowers. Roses unless bred to repeat flower can be hit and miss.

What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:52

Potted roses even cuttings, can go outside at any time of the year, but I'd leave it a month for the soil to warm a bit before planting out. Don't feed them just yet, when planting add rootgrow to the planting hole along with some bonemeal and farmyard manure. Water them in very well, and mulch them with some more farm yard manure. They should grow away well. Prune by half after planting.

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:46

Laurel is just starting to grow, you can do it now and late summer, but depends where you live, the more southerly you are the earlier you can prune and vice versa if northerly. 

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