Latest posts by fidgetbones

Hedge dying

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:29

It looks like a privet hedge. I think the dead patches are due to anthracnose or twig blight. This is worse in damp weather.

In privets, the disease is most often caused by the fungus Glomerella cingulata. Anthracnose in existing privets is discouraged by removing and destroying all affected wood and foliage, including foliage that falls on the ground, and thinning shrubs during winter months to improve air circulation. Replace ruined shrubs with anthracnose-resistant privets such as amur (L. amurense), ibota (L. obtusifolium), regal (L. obtusifolium “Regelianum”) or California privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium Hassk).

What plant is this please?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 18:58

Well done for noticing the  fragrance. Mine are so high up I can only see them from upstairs.

Mystery plant

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 18:56

It looks like the aliens have changed species. Lots of these cropping up this year.

Help attracting wildlife

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:52

Can a hedgehog get in? small holes in the fences let the wildlife in. You may have to get agreement with neighbours for this.

A pond is a good place for animals to drink. Make sure it has  sloping sides so that animals can climb out. Some shrubs to give birds cover will help.  I doubt you will have room for an Oak, but a small tree like a Rowan will attract birds for the fruit.

My Kousa Dogwood is dropping its leave...

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 21:51

If its newly planted it may have been a bit dry. Have you given it a bucket of water at least once a week?

What's this?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 08:32


Advice on Snake Plant propagation

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 08:29

Sanseveria don't like a lot of water, they rot.  I would have used a grittier compost. They should root in about four weeks, but longer to get new shoots growing. The variegated type usually revert to green if grown by leaf cuttings. To preserve the variegation, you have to split the original plant.

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 07:56

I cut all plums in half first to check for wigglers. Unfortunately this year, the wood pigeons decimated the blossom higher up, the squirrels ate all the plums lower down. I had about 10 off of a great big tree.

Lawn Help

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 23:58

Looks like it has been  laid badly, probably over lots of half bricks and other rubbish. Water regularly if you want to keep it. You may end up digging the lot up and sorting the soil out and then reseeding. Thats what my brother had to do.  In spring, some weed and feed, or just feed and mow regularly.

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