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No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 22:40

If you can’t find any peat-free, ask for it. Consumer demand is the single most powerful way to get retailers and manufacturers to change their ways.

More than 94 per cent of the UK’s lowland peat bogs have been destroyed or damaged, and a wealth of wildlife along with it. Bogs take thousands of years to form and are home to all sorts of colourful plants, from the signature sphagnum to carnivorous sundew, bladderwort, bog myrtle and cotton grass (which isn’t really a grass at all!). They provide an environment for rare dragonflies, spiders and other invertebrates and a feeding ground for birds such as the golden plover, meadow pipits and skylarks.

These days bogs are also of interest because they act as stores of carbon dioxide, and harvesting them releases it into the atmosphere.

You can find out what some of the major retailers offer in the way of peat-free composts in The Wildlife Trusts’ leaflet For Peat’s Sake.

 I'm still trying to make my own compost.....

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:59

I bought verve peat free compost and peat free grow bags this year - major disaster I will never buy it again it's so dry and and course with very little nutrient content I've lost lots of plants and lots of plants that just won't grow, who keeps there B&Q receipts and his on earth would you go about complaining ? Invite the manger to inspect your green house !  I want to be environmentally friendly and stay peat free

Victoria plum

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:44

Thanks guys 

Victoria plum

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:19

Hi folks my plum tree is in its second year of fruiting, last year we had 23 enormous juicy plums that were fantastic and this year the tree us covered in dozens and dozens of tiny green plums. The problem is it's loosing quite a lot is this normal natural thinning or should I be doing something? (It is very hot and sunny prob the hottest day of the year) water butts are still empty but I could get the hose out.

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:05

Well some good news, complete strangers have been stopping their cars to say hello and congratulate me on a wonderful tree one was a landscape architect! Apparently I have a rare variety of photinia that's known for it's flowers, it was covered in flower heads and now I have new healthy leaves growing. So relieved to know that it didn't need hacking back. Will have a go at up loading a photo.

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:58

I think between us we can make our photinia happier and healthier 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:40

I've had bags and bags of leaves falling this past few weeks

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:40

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39764.jpg?width=352&height=350&mode=max

I must say I am impressed, Ive added these pictures using my iPad, didn't know I could do that!

 

 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:33

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39761.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

Thanks for the replies I think I'll wait until the flowers have finished and no risk of frost and I'll give it a heavy prune and hope it stimulates some new growth, right now it's looking very bare, a neighbour had an enormous photinia bush which was very healthy and one day they had some cowboy gardeners in to "trim" it..... I was horrified to see it butchered it and now it's got strong new growth! The tree cost £250 I'm just going to have to be brave and go for it. Will go and take a picture of it as it is now ...

 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:14

About 3 1/2 years ago we splashed out on an established lollipop shaped tree it's about 15ft ? Tall planted in to the ground in front of the house, the ground is heavy it's wet in winter and dries out in the summer. It's loosing leaves quite dramatically just as the red is coming through. No obvious sign of bugs it just looks incredibly sad I have given it slow release feed. I was wondering if it's lacking in nutrients ? Or should I try and hack it back in the summer ?

im envious when I see neighbours with photinia with thick glossy leaves, any suggestions ?

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Discussions started by Drywsdad

Victoria plum

Plum drop  
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 13:09

Photinia leaf drop

What can I do to make it a happy tree again 
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Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 12:05
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