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How to stop bamboo growing & spreading? Does it grow through concrete?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:56

Bamboo is a surface rooting plant, you can buy bamboo control systems via Amazon or Crocus. This system pushes the spreading roots upwards and you just cut off and roots coming over the top of it.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:47

Okay, cctv linked to a passive PIR run off a car battery. Simple but effective. Someone breaks the PIR beam which switches on the camera, the light from the PIR lights them up. Smile your'e on candid camera.

My rose

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:59

Pot it up and see what you get. Most roses for mother's day are imported from Africa, but it's worth a go. Add some mychorzihal fungi onto the roots before potting to aid rooting.

Moving and transplanting

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:54

Yes basically just make sure you have a sufficient root ball. You'll be able to tell by digging firstly about a foot from the stem, if the roots don't lift extend the circumference around the root ball to 2 ft, then further if it needs it. Wrap the root ball in damp/wet sacking and move. It may weigh a fair bit depending on how big a root ball you have so be prepared.

Camelia Care

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:48

I'd feed it after flowering then in the autumn, it gives it fuel to overwinter.

Crazy Ivy

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:52

You can cut it back now, but you will have to check for nesting birds as disturbing them is a criminal offence.

There is also the probability of overwintering insect, particularly butterflies. If I were you I'd trim the top now to a manageable level, then in about July when most of the chicks have fledged and before some insects have laid their eggs.

You can't please all the wildlife so some will suffer, but leaving it a bit later will allow the ivy to recover and some food and laying opportunities for insects. 

Miniature Rose Bushes

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:03

Care is still the same, all roses require pruning of some sort, if you go back to the RHS site and look at pruning roses, follow the guide for pruning bush roses as climbers and shrub roses require different treatment.

Rose rosette disease.

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:44

I'd dig them up and burn then straight away. Inform defra

 https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

Get them to investigate. The disease is more likely to come from an imported source. A virus can only spread via a living organism (aphids etc) so it would not be airborne, but if it rose rosette virus it will probably be a notifiable infection.

Replacing old patio with new lawn

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:26

Firstly make sure you get all the patio base up. The lime in the concrete will do a lawn no favours. The ground will likely be compacted so it should be dug or rotorvated, a spade depth will do. I'd let the rain get to it for a week or so before preparing to either turf or seed. It may take some time to settle so be patient. Digging up patio's in favour of grass can be a bit fraught, and it will take regular watering. Don't feed it till the grass has really established, and depending on how the new lawn takes this could be several months, maybe more. If you have having problems come back to us, plenty of help here.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:07

Yep, moss goes black after treating, now you can scrape it out. Hard work but worth it.

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