Dave Morgan

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Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:11

Whoever supplied the turf gave you a dud lot!. Treat with the nematodes first, they will take a while to work, 2 weeks after treatment, you can resow the affected patches.

The lawn won't establish properly till next spring /summer, so be patient. If it's still looking ragged in spring, scarify the affected patches and resow them. Lawns are a lot of work and quality of turf can make a huge difference. Your's doesn't sound to be too great, so I'd whinge like hell at whoever sold it too you.

Pyracantha hedge

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:03

Patience AliC, let them establish, it's not unusual for any newly planted shrub to yellow a little after planting. As the others have said water them once a week, I'd top dress with a little bonemeal tickled in to the top soil. Another month and they will be well established. Next year they should shoot away.

Funny Wildlife

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:34

Sitting in my mother's garden this afternoon a commotion in a cherry laurel made me look up. A sqiurrel was dancing through the branches gorging itself on the fruit to be watched by several fat woodpigeons who were sitting rather precariously on the firmer branches and looking rather envious at the sqiurrels good fortune. One of the pigeons then emboldened edged along a branch following the squirrel only to turn upside down on the branch followed by a clatter of wings and take off rather sheepishly. You had to see, it was hilarious and worthy of youtube.

I just wondered if any members have seen any other funny wildlife moments

Unknown eggs

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:30

They are slug/snail eggs, freshly laid, they turn opaque after a day or so, so very fresh.

Bee paralyses spider?

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:27

Spiders usually know when prey are too much for them to handle, it's all to do with ratio's. I saw it om a wildlife programme some years ago. The initial reaction is instinctive but when sufficient resistance is shown or the spider is unable to inject it's venom due to size, shape or body design they back off. Spiders are smart!

Fence issue

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:15

Your neighbours by their actions are causing damage to your property i.e. your fence.

Whilst not a criminal offence, it is damage through negligence on their part. They are not allowed to pile soil against your fence without your consent or taking suitable precautions to guard against causing damage. 

It is a civil matter actionable in the courts.

If you are on good or reasonable terms with them then it is preferable to talk to them about it and come to some reasonable solution. 

I'd hope you could solve it amicably. if not you have grounds to seek redress in law.

Can anyone help identifying this spider?

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 17:59

I think it's a buzzing spider.

See the link below


Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 23:34

Your'e welcome bekkie 

Problems With Honeysuckle - Yellow/brown leaves

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 23:33

Keep it well watered and mulched chris, although saying that my honeysuckle which has been a wonderful display all summer is now starting to flag a little now. I suspect it's just nature now taking it's course. It's a woodland plant so moisture at the roots is the main concern, so mulching will help keep the ground moist. It will recover given time, but I think it may be towards the end of it's best this season.

Half hardy plants.

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 12:47

Half hardy means it will take some frost, but not severe temperature below freezing. Olives can take several degree's of frost down to about -5, but below that they need winter protection. I do sometimes wonder about the hardiness of olives as in Italy temperatures do get well below minus 5 sometimes for prolonged periods and they still survive, however I'd play it safe and bring them indoors or an unheated greenhouse during really cold spells. So be guided by where you are and the winter conditions you get in your area. It's not often we get prolonged cold spells, avoid frost pockets n your garden though. Containers are more sensible when growing them. 

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