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Honeysuckle mildew problem

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:12

There's never any need to spray honeysuckle against mildew. Just keep the roots soaked, mulched and fed, it's a tough plant and will recover on its own even from a black spot infection which sometimes follows the powdery mildew. If you have real trouble then prune it back hard in spring, mulch and keep the roots moist, spraying is a waste of time and money.

Ivy plants

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:03

Welcome Lorna, ivy roots do die after treatment but it takes time and patience usually longer than for the foliage to die down. The roots don't break as easily as bindweed, they're tougher, but hard to get rid of. I'd dig out what you can, then treat anything that comes up afterwards. With any weedkiller it has to be sprayed on greenery, spraying roots won't work. Be patient and vigilant and you will get rid of it eventually.

Wood charcoal ash

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:51

Yes and no greg4, I'd burn it first, without the use of any lighter fluid, then the ash can be spread on your beds.

Unknown plant..

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:47

Looks like phlox subulata.

drought or poison

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 10:42

Could it be ash die back?

Dandelions rife in lawn.

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 15:58

Cheryl, any proprietry weed and feed will be ok, even the cheaper ones will do the job, follow the directions on the box or bottle. As for a rotovater, I'd be more inclined to hand dig as any perennial weeds left alive will be chopped up and grow again. Hand digging although hard work is the best method. Afterwards you can spray anything left as it comes up.

Alstromeria tubers

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 15:48

I'd plant them together Eileen, they do spread once established although it can take some time for them to do so.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:32

Robert, from your picture the hedge is too wide at the top, it should be wider at the bottom, it's also quite heavily shaded by the Pieris and the rhododendron to the left of the path. It needs light at the base and if you cut the hedge as in the picture you are cutting too deeply. Privet should be trimmed lightly regularly every 2 months during the growing season. Light at the base will encourage new shoots, and if it's like the picture, mulch to a depth of 6 inches around the base of the hedge as well, you'll get new growth if you do. The alternative is to cut it down to a foot high and let it regrow.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:23

The secret with privet is to cut it at a angle so the lower part gets as much sunlight as the upper parts. You leave it wider at the base than the upper part, thats why it's bare at the bottom. You haven't tapered it enough really. A good mulch will help and a feed of a slow release fertilzer like bonemeal tickled in . Privet needs light on the wood to produce new shoots. From the picture, I'd be tempted to cut out some of the older wood which will encourage new growth from the bottom. It will look rough for a year but if your'e patient as fairygirl has said, it's pretty indestructible and it will come back. 


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:15

If you want it to self seed leave it, if not cut it down and feed it.

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