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Wooly aphid

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:11

Thank you.  We do, luckily, have lots of different types of tits flying through.  Late summer I started having bird feeders on the apple trees to encourage the birds to the area to find the non-helpful critters but for some reason the long tailed tits just sit on top of the higher trees and fly through.  I feel lucky enough to see them though.  

I will also try the winter wash.  Thank you.

Wooly aphid

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:33

Dear All

I have noticed only since the weekend that my apple tree(s) seem to be affected by wooly aphid.  I am quite confident of this after reading the RHS website.  

RHS website indicates treatment should be done in early-mid summer.  We have gone past this time being in late autumn.  Is it still worth me trying to treat this to prevent them from getting worse next year?  

I am happy to use bristly brush, soapy water or anything else that might be deemed appropriate.  

Hoping someone can advise?

Tulip bulb planting protection

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 20:58

Thank you all. 

Tulip bulb planting protection

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 10:19

Hi All

I live in a rural area and would love to plant tulips in the back garden.  

A neighbour planted 100's last year but all were eaten presumably by mice.  I want to try myself this year, including possibly some in pots.  I have heard of planting them and covering with chicken wire or planting amongst alliums/daffodils.  

I have planted a few out the front garden previously which seemed to work well but I would really like to plant out the back and largely increase the volume without the risk of losing them.

Can anyone offer advice/experience of things that work?  

Many thanks


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

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Wooly aphid

Should I act now or wait? 
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Tulip bulb planting protection

How to stop mice/squirrels eating bulbs 
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Few questions

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Apple tree problems

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ID help

Grateful for some help on identifying this plant 
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Slugs have destroyed my dahlias 
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