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Posted: 11/08/2013 at 19:47

I have lots of fencing panels supported by concrete posts.I want to run training wire along the fence but am worried that I will damage the posts if I drill into them. I know they have reinforcing steel rods inside and have heard they are brittle and may crack. I have seen a very expensive clamp product - over £3 from Riverglen. Anyone got any better ideas?



Posted: 19/06/2013 at 22:15

Sounds like rasberry virus. Very common. Unfortunately there is no cure and if that's what it is then you will have to dig them up and replant somewhere else in your garden. I hope I am wrong. Google the RHS for more information.

Mme Alfred Carriere rose

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:18

Mine took a few years to get established. Early on it produced lax spindly stems and just the odd flower. It is still weak stemmed but now it has reached the top of its frame it has lots of flowers.

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 06:58

Fair dinkum, I reckon.

Trimming box.

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:30

Thanks both. I will leave it a week or so as the season is a bit behind. 

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:05

Oh dear, it does look as if it is barely clinging on to life. There is a lot woody tissue that will need to be kept alive, and only a few leaves to produce the energy to do it. I think if you leave it then it doesn't stand much chance. I think i can see a few leaves close to the base. I would cut back everything else, and leave these. Put it somewhere sheltered and hope for the best. Provided that whatever brought it to this state (disease, overwatering, vine weevil)  is now gone then there is a good chance it will recover. If you have just given it a rhododendron feed then don't give it anything else, other than rain water when it needs it.


Bindweed? Knotweed? advice appreciated

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 20:38

Glyphosate is a risk near ponds because it is usually sprayed, and the overspray gets into the water, where it can be harmful to fish etc.. However, if you are careful and are willing to put a lot of effort in, you may be able to apply glyphosate directly to the leaves without any getting into the water. I use a hand spray using the gentlest of twitches on the trigger when weeding very close to desirable plants. I just get right up to the weed and give it the smallest of applications. You only need to get around 20% of the leafage for it to get right through the plant. It is absorbed within four hours and won't then run off if it rains. 

Two weeks ago I applied glyphosate to long grass blades coming out of the centre of a clump of sempervivums. I wore a rubber glove on my left hand, sprayed a few drops of  glyphosate onto the glove fingers, rubbed the fingers together so the fingers were wetted but no glyphosate droplets were left free  to run off onto the sempervivums, and then drew the grass blades through the glove fingers. Today the grass is dead and i will pull the dead stuff up in a week.  

Trimming box.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 20:14

I have heard of the saying "Don't prune box before Derby day', but what is the best time to do it. I want my box balls to get bigger. Should I leave them a month or so before trimming them?

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 20:11

The roots of rhododendrons are fibrous. At least you didn't see any vine weevil grubs. Keep it in light shade and take care not to overwater it. 

It may well grow leggy. They don't tend to break from old wood unless pruned.  If you could be sure that it is healthy I would be tempted to prune it back now to stimulate new growth from lower down. Now is the best time to prune rhododendrons. The alternative is to let it grow and flower next spring. and then cut it back - it just means another year before you can get it into a good structural shape. 

is plant food the same as fertiliser? and how can you make plant food?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 15:11

Fertiliser usually refers to the major nutrients, potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. Plant food often has other essential minerals as well, just like we need minerals in our diet.

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