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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:00

Hi jinxygg

Tell us more about your garden, where it is, type of soil, aspect etc and maybe we can come up with some ideas for you

White slug like creatures

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 06:58

When we first moved here nearly four years ago we found that part of the garden had an infestation of vine weevils.  We treated that area with two applications of Nemasys Vine Weevil nematodes which has really dealt with most of the problem. 

We do still get an occasional occurrence, but haven't yet had to reapply the nematodes.  We've not used any other method of controlling them other than to encourage hedgehogs, frogs, toads and birds into the garden and of course they help by eating the adult weevils .

Good luck

Potential poisonous plant

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:47

Yes, I don't see that Trachelospermum will be a huge problem - if it had been Gelsemium I'd have suggested she got rid of it.

Normally I would be pretty sanguine about children and the majority of garden plants which may or may not have a degree of toxicity; however, having worked with youngsters with autism and/or severe learning difficulties and behavioural problems I understand just how careful you have to be with those who have a compulsion to eat unusual things.

Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:19

It depends what sort they are - there are some that really aren't as dangerous to mammals/birds - they're the ones containing iron phosphate as the active ingredient rather than metaldehyde.  A child would have to consume a very large amount to become ill. 

However, that doesn't really help you as you don't know which they are. I'd just get some rubber gloves and pick them up - a bit tedious, but not an unpleasant task on a cool summer evening.

New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:12

Hi Kirsten

Get well-rotted manure (you can buy it in bags from the garden centre) and it's not unpleasant - very little difference in appearance from ordinary compost.  Not smelly and your kids won't get covered in flies or unpleasant stuff

It would be good to post some pics of the garden on here (click on the green tree icon) and then we can tell you what you've got, what needs to happen to it and what you can plant that will go well with it

What an adventure

May bug?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:46

Golden Lime?? Tree

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:44

Fifty foot plus and a quick grower!  A tree for a woodland setting.  Not for anywhere near a house.

There's loads of more suitable shrubs for a bit of screening

Email notifications not working

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:41

I get a few totally unexpected alerts, even tho I've not requested them.    Just one of the idiosyncracies of this board

If I want to check responses to comments I've made I go to my username at top right and click on My Posts.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:37

A member of my ex's family had a condition (Hughes Syndrome) and she too had strokes from her early 30s, very sad. 

Verdun, you mentioned about your cousin being very emotional - one of the effects of a stroke is to send the emotions off-kilter (all those connections in the brain being affected), so that when the person is happy he may appear to be upset, and when he is sad he may smile - it's a difficult time, but if you understand that it may help ((hug)).  It's usually something that rights itself in time.

Potential poisonous plant

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 08:05

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