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laurel plants being eaten!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:47

You can see the adult it's a beetle, google the images. It's the larvae you treat with the nematodes, you water it in. I'd hazard a guess they are about so it's a precaution more than anything else.

laurel plants being eaten!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 13:17

Karen, your first picture shows classic signs of a bacterial infection not insect damage. Your last picture seems to show an infection with fungal spores (the brown spots) on the underside of the leaf.

I seriously doubt it's insect damage. The other young plants you describe could be being eaten by rabbits. They will feed on young laurel.

In all I'd say you have a combination of problems, some slug damage, rabbit damage and a bacterial infection.

The rabbits and slugs you can tackle, the bacterial infection you can't.

It could be the new plants you planted were already infected when you bought them.

The good news is, if you can control the rabbit and slug damage, the laurel will recover from the bacterial infection when it starts to get going later in the month and the weather improves.

One thing I would do is get some nematodes for vine weevil and water them in as an insurance policy.

lawn repair

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 21:18

Up in Scotland, your'e usually about a month behind in terms of seasons, so spring for you won't really start till April, so buy some patch repair stuff, they all do the same job, so buy it from Wilko's. Scarify the patches and then resow beginning of April if the weather is ok.

Lawn sand or dressing

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:26

If you've laid a lawn on clay, even with topsoil on the clay and NOT improved the drainage first your'e going to be in trouble. You'll get hard pan in a good summer. The topsoil will dry out. Just adding lawn sand or dressings won't help anything. 

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:21

Thanks Lesley the odd food parcel wouldn't go amiss either!  Poverty is a great excuse!

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:58

I haven't got gas, electric a car or even a house, I live in a field! Well that's what I tell them anyway. Have very rare calls from any of them.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:29

Pick out the germinated seed and return the rest to the fridge. you always want more seedlings than you need in case of losses.


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 20:56

Hosta's like moisture get plenty of well rotted manure in the bed then mulch with bark to retain the moisture. Message Hostafan as well, he's the expert, he has a great collection.


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 20:53

Find out where he comes in and pee on the area regularly. Foxes don't like human urine.

Unhealthy hebe

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 20:51

After the frosts you can cut them back, look awful for a while but feed after pruning and they'll come back. Actually, think I'd move them, they're obviously in a frost pocket, hebe's like a bit of sun.

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