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Posted: 21/10/2015 at 13:48

If it's privet then cutting hard back will do it the world of good - clear out rubbish from the base of the hedge and keep it trimmed in an A shape, wider at the base than at the top - this will help to keep it healthy

An application of Fish Blood and Bone in the spring, as directed on the packet, will give it a boost

What is killing my garden?

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 13:29

I think that's totally unfair FungusLover   I know gardens that have been totally organic for generations which have honey fungus - I also know areas of Ancient Woodland which have honey fungus. 

Honey fungus feeds on decaying wood in the soil - if there are old tree roots in your garden and honey fungus spores in the area the likelihood is that the fungus will find the right conditions for growth.


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 13:19

That works great with most hedges - but I'm sure Welshonion will agree that's not advisable with a conifer hedge

What is killing my garden?

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 12:58

Sadly that does look like honey fungus to me.    It will have been present in the soil for quite some time - possibly years, before producing the fruiting bodies that you see now.

Lots of information here but the experience of most people on this forum is that there is little that can be done to combat it, and the best course of action is to grow plants which have been found to be resistant to the fungus.  There is a list of susceptible and resistant plants here

Good luck


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 12:40

Hi Dozyrosie

To post a photo on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Afraid it doesn't work for iphones, yet!

If you're having a problem give us a shout

Acer palmatum

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 11:59

Not done it myself with acers, but the RHS recommends taking softwood cuttings in the spring.

Silly question of the day!

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 10:55

We now have that certain royal prince piloting our air ambulance and as we're close to the big hospital he must be flying over our airspace quite frequently


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 10:43

I once saw a car with the numberplate CUM 8Y - has to have been a shepherd - doesn't it?


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 10:32

Right, I'm back from the garage - not bad going as there was rush-hour mayhem due to someone trying to take a short cut over the top of a roundabout and the police were having to clear up the mess. I caught a bus from the garage into the city centre, popped into M&S and bought a couple of basic jumpers - had to hunt for them, they seem not to be doing the same cheapie range of vee neck plain lightweight knitwear that they've always done in the past and the ones they do have are all in revolting colours - how do M&S keep getting it sooooo wrong?

Then I popped into Lakeland looking for a specific item, but they didn't have it so dashed into WH Smith, picked up a newspaper and caught my bus home, arriving exactly two hours since I left. I think that's not bad.

Now it's time for a coffee and Popmaster


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 08:00

Right - off to the garage - see you later folks

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