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Should all roses be pruned at the same time?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:59

Is it possible someone could advise the best way to prune this rose?  It has lots of new shoots that are travelling quite high and wide.  

These are it's flowers.  

Last edited: 10 September 2016 10:59:57

Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:02

I am very sorry if this is very naive of me but what is so great about the Qualcast Suffolk Punch 4/43S compared with other cheaper models on the market?  What is the difference in the cut?

Few questions

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:51

Thank you.  

Petunias have had exact same conditions but the hanging baskets were put indoors.  They were planted the same time as well.  

The photos of the shrub is approximately 1-1.5m tall and the only bits of leaf are on the very tips.  Each year I give it a good feed.  We had someone come in to tidy the garden before we moved in.  I did wonder if it was pruned too hard into the hardwood and now it is finding it difficult to perk up.  

Few questions

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:30

I wonder if anyone can help?  

I have two potentilla plants that seem to be more woody than fresh growth.  I was thinking of replacing them with some daphne plants as we have very little interest in the way of winter flowers apart from Jan/Feb/March when some snowdrops and daffs come up (maybe the odd crocus).  Do you think it is relatively reasonable/sensible idea?

Secondly, I have been saddened and disappointed by the lack of plant success this year.  My baskets, for example, have been failing so about a week or so ago I repotted them with some petunias that were on offer but instead of putting them back outside I have moved them into the greenhouse.  What a difference... all windows, doors etc are open so it's more like a cold frame but they have come on leaps and bounds.  I have planted the same plants in outside pots but unfortunately they are not doing so well.  My guess, therefore, is that the weather is too wet/damp and cold/luke warm to help the plants perform their best.  Is this a reasonable guess or a cop out?

I also have a shrub that has been more or less woody with very little growth since we moved in (December 2013).  As this is my grandfather's garden I am reluctant to get rid of it.  Do you think it will ever come back to flourish or should I cut my losses and replace it?  I also do not know what it is.  Some pictures are below.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 17:33

The apple trees in the neighbouring land are also affected.  As they are within 2-3meters of border and my trees, I think I will always be a sufferer.  

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 14:24

I may have acted inappropriately and may get a telling off from some but I thinned out the apple trees in the hope of allowing more air to circulate and reduce the moist, damp conditions for the fungi to survive.  In doing so I noticed little flying things (probably aphids growing up) and some ants.  Hopefully by reducing the sap from new growth and thinning them out I may have a half decent crop of apples xxx 

Thank you all x

Last edited: 02 July 2016 14:24:41

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:57

Bloody ants nests have even taken over the greenhouse :-(

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:52

Just ordering online ..... 

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:46

Hi Bob

Now this leads to another problem which may be the answer to all, we have so many ants nests in the garden you wouldn't believe.  It's difficult to potter in some parts of the beds without ants crawling all over you.  

I will certainly try the grease band.  

Thank you x

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:27

Thank you.  We have had a problem with rats in the past so I daren't put feeders in the trees close to the house.  Blue tits frequently occupy the elder trees behind but never the apple trees.   

The whole garden seems to be infected with the black spot.  It's difficult to get rid of all affected leaves because there are so many and leaves are quite high in the trees (higher than any ladder).

We have an overgrown area next door which is unoccupied and has lots of apple trees, could this be contributing?

The fungus also seems to be affecting the fruit.  Do you think for one year it would be worth thinning out the trees, treating them and then collecting and binning any leaves to see if it makes a difference next year?  

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