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Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 20:08

Chlorine is a poison in quantity, have you tried using rain water instead. You can get butts which attach to down pipes to collect for watering.

Have you replaced some of the compost in your pots or are you plants pot bound, and what are your new neighbour's experiences like. Were your pots flooded during winter? They may be suffering from pollution. Could be a variety of reasons, but really for a definitive answer more information or ruling out of causes is required.




Mesh for a garden lawn

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:39

Having had gun dogs for most of my life, spaniels all of them, I put dog runs in the gardens I have had. Some dug the hell out of the dog runs, others made no effort to dig at all. I'd create a run for her and let her dig in that. It means there is no retraining, and the dog can follow it's natural pattern of behaviour. Some dogs whatever the breed just love digging. A dog run is an inexpensive solution and satisfies the needs of all. If she starts to dig when out of the run, then a stern NO, and put her straight in the run. She will soon learn where it is acceptable to dig and where not too. They are eager to please at her age, play to her need to please you, praise digging in the run, and no praise out of it. 

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.

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Best Thornproof Gloves

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Clematis for a dry bank

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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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