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Vine Weevil

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 17:54

Spread the soil out on a plastic sheet and let the birds have a go. If it was me I would then apply Vine Weevil Killer (to be sure to be sure) before tipping it onto ane mpty bed. I'd dig it in a week later. 

Ground Elder

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 17:50

I suspect that isn't going to work - your turf would sit like a carpet on top of the membrane, wihout a firm grip, and in dry weather would not be able to draw moisture from below the membrane, so most likely would dry out and die. I am only theorising mind, as I have never heard of the idea before. 

I would not have dug AND sprayed, as digging chops teh roots up into tiny bits and each bit becomes an independent weed. I would just spot spray, and spot spray again 10 days later, and keep on until no more ground elder appears, and then prepare the ground for turfing.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:02

Sorry Obelixx, that was thoughtless comment.  I didn't mean to impugn the local Brusselaars.

I really meant to have a swipe at the bureaucrats in Brussels that cost a fortune and have carte blanche on expenses without receipts, and the nonsense of having decision makers flit from Brussels to Stasbourg and back monthly because France made sure that the original treaty had a clause insisting on it for no other reason than national pride, Absolutely rediculous waste of money. Reading the following article makes my blood boil!

Spellcheck taking over and no emails

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 15:45

That's funny, Berghill. I had tiny font on my answer box  a couple of weeks ago, when i first returned to the site. I kept making typo's. For some reason it is now normal font and I can't think of anything I did to change it. 

Problem plant identification and irradiation!!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 15:39

If it is celandine then you can treat it with Verdone without harming your lawn, but you need to be very persistant - spot spray weekly April / May, try not to miss any.  Expect to do the same next spring, and possibly the following spring. The leaves curl up and the bulb eventually becomes exhausted.

Problem plant identification and irradiation!!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:23

It would help if you could post a picture, or give a detailed description. 

Glyphosate is probably the only solution. . It won't translocate from the leaves of your weed  through the soil to the grass, so you must somehow have got some onto the grass, possibly dripping from the gloved fingers, or run off from the weed leaves.  

I think you an still get glyphosate in a 'Prittstick' form, so that it does not run off. If not, I know you can get it in a gel form, applied with a brush a bit like nail polish. 

Ceanothus dead

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:16

I have several Concha. Lovely shrub. Every year I take a few cuttings. 

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:13

It's application of the same legislation that has caused many other products to be withdrawn from sale. Fundamentally, the rationale is that if it is to be used as a biocide then the manufacturers must submit it to a very expensive testing program that proves it is not harmful to the environment, i.e. it is guilty until proved innocent. It doesn't mean you won't be able to buy barley straw, just that manufacturers will not be able to  market it for that purpose. So it will be marketed as rabbit bedding or something like that (wink, wink) , and canny gardeners will be able to find lots of info on sites like this as to how to use it. 

Jeyes Fluid and Armillotox can no longer be marketed as soil sterilising treatments or winter tar wash for fruit and roses, but you can still buy them, same formulation, marketed for pot sterilisation, with plenty of internet advice as to how to use Armillotox as a treatment for Honey Fungus. 

Ah well, it all helps the employment figures in Brussels. 

Spellcheck taking over and no emails

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:03

Toggle the spellchecker icon in the bar just above your message box. Second one in  from the right (ABC and tick symbol)

Pruning a Flowering Cherry

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:22

Summertime. Unlike apples and pears, they should not be pruned in winter as they are then prone to spores of a nasty fungus called Silverleaf. Don't do it just yet as sap is rising fast - wait until June time. Don't use any tar based dressing treatment to cover the wounds - latest thinking is that it can create a nice little humid shelter for spores to develop. let the wound dry out naturally. 

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