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Why are my Conifers dying from the bottom up

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:16

Nan's Garden  - a little water is worse than no water at all because it encourages the roots to the surface where they get scorched, rather than growing downwards as they should.  I would give those trees 2-3 buckets of water each today, and then one bucket of water each every other day until the cooler autumn weather arrives.  I'd also give them a small amount of Fish Blood and Bone which is a slow-release organic fertiliser, and a full dose (according to the pack) in the early spring.

Dormayd Most conifers are brown in the middle - they only have green leaves where they can photosynthesise sunlight. 

 This information may be helpful

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=132 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 17:01

We had steady rain from about 5am until 1ish - then we had strong sunshine and what I can only describe as a sauna - it's clouding over again now, don't know whether we'll get any more rain - tomorrow's forecast is dry so that's good - taking niece to the Suffolk coast this time, and then to a concert at Snape Maltings in the evening 

We went up to the farm shop earlier to see OH and buy a crab for lunch - I just had to pop into the GC to get some birthday cards ........... and somehow I came out with some Perovskia Blue Spire and some Allium christophii bulbs - how did that happen 

 

Plum trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:22

It won't do you any harm - I've done it and lived to tell the tale 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:20

Coincidence or what - I've just taken advantage of a dry spell to go out and pick some Buerre de Rocquencourt was beans and a yellow Goldrush courgette for our supper this evening 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55357.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55358.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 The beans are delicious and so are the Goldrush courgettes. 

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:06

Bet the bees love that 

Why are my Conifers dying from the bottom up

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:05

The ground looks very dry indeed - have they been watered during this dry spell? 

No keys on ash trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:05

We've been keeping an eye on ours - they haven't flowered or produced seeds this year either - but last year they produced far more than usual - I think last year was a Mast Year  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/04cecdf37862621480256a0f00513443/ca9c50439be651a980257bd000474590!OpenDocument 

and I understand that trees frequently take a rest following a Mast Year. 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:01
Fishy65 wrote (see)

I wonder how it got there Dove  I don't have any farmer blood as far as I know,my Dad was a bricklayer and I followed in his footsteps until I met Mrs Fish.

I do remember damming up streams though with mud and sticks,climbing on farm equipment in the big barns which I now know is dangerous. Oh and scrumping  Cherry knocking,playing iakie (sp?) Bike rides,building tree camps. I was a child of the 70s but health and safety would probably have a seizure if they read this.

I did all those things, and more - including making camps in dry ditches and in the top of straw stacks and helping Pa to burn the fields of stubble - we learned to assess danger and make decisions and accept consequences.  

My  children were children of the 70s - setting off on bike rides with a piece of bread, an apple and a bottle of water, in and out of the neighbours' houses as if they were their own, damming the village stream and flooding the bottom end of the village and being looked after, cared for and reprimanded by everyone, because everyone knew them and their parents. 

I'm sure there are things that children have nowadays that we missed out on, but I wouldn't swap. 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 15:20

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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 15:18

Beautiful Verdun, absolutely beautiful 

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