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Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:50

@blighty mam   I did start out by putting ant powder around the slabs near our back door, especially in the corners.     But recently noticed ants crawling over the petals of flowers, so puffed some ant powder on the surface of the compost.

I had a problem last year with an ants nest in a large terracotta pot on a patio, they were so bad that I decided to take the acer out of the pot and put it into the soil instead of the pot.   The ants moved or died off after puffing powder into the base of the empty pot.      Powder usually does the trick, but this lot must be hiding under the soil in the pot and then coming out later on    I'll put some more powder under the base of the pot tomorrow.

Thanks for everyone for your advice.

Horsetail : I am winning the battle

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:59

Marion34, thanks for your encouragement!     I think that is really all we can do, we have half an acre, but it is slowly creeping towards a large chipped area.   I dread what to do if it gets through the gravel,  because it is very compacted and will be difficult to dig it up there      I had a plan to get hubby to dig as much as he could, then douse the area with strong weedkiller, then put weed suppressing mats down on it......we live in hope

Greenfly on young plants

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:47

@NGCARDS Thanks, well let you know how I get on.......


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:45

Thanks Verdun, will get one at Wilko early next week.   I am concerned about these young plants, as they were doing so well until now

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:23

OK, then it's something systemic causing them to die from root upwards.    If it's not underwatering as others have said, then they may well have had some kind of problem.   But the healthy looks great, shame when this happens, let us know how you get on with B & Q, it will be interesting to know.

Greenfly on young plants

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:19

@NGCARDS........thanks will do that.     It's a shame because they were looking so healthy until now

Plant ID please

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:16

We had a cotoneaster, (not quite the same I realise) in our previous house, it got out of hand, started to take over the patch it was in and travel up over the huge front window of the house.    We cut it back under the window nice and neatly and tried to dig it out by the roots, however, we gave up in the end.     We were amused to go back past our house 15 years after selling it, to find that the current owners were also having problems with it.......but had left it to it's own devices instead of keeping it under control.   It was absolutely enormous 

Greenfly on young plants

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:07

I've just noticed I've got greenfly on my young calibrachoa plants.      Apart from soap suds made from washing-up liquid (home remedy), does anyone have any ideas what might work.    I work get to the shops for a spray until next week......TIA

Whats happening to my conifer - going brown

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:03

@matt, could it be wind burn?


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:00

I have discovered ants in a glazed planter I have at the back door.    The ants have been crawling over the pansies in the pot and in the last hour I've found some crawling over the flowers on my strawberry plants.     I have put ant powder in the glazed planter a couple of times recently, but it doesn't seem to be doing any good

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