Iain R

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Finding Felco

Posted: Yesterday at 21:36

I use No 2 which is pretty standard for a man. I got my wife some No 6 which she finds perfect I also use them sometime too & find them ok for smaller branches. (Blades are shorter than No 2 & don't open as far). If you go  to a good garden centre that stocks them you should be able to handle them & get to feel for yourself.

Hope that helps

Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:36

Absolutely and after the March Pruning feed with Blood Fish Bone or a propriety Rose fertiliser hoe it into the ground. Then Mulch well it will love it & reward you well.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:29

Lovely if breezy start Just had heavy downpour now 

Box Caterpillar infestation

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:26

Hi everyone,

As some of you know I volunteer at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield. Last week I "discovered" an infestation of Box caterpillar in one of the areas I was working on. At first it looked a bit like box blight with brown patches but close inspection showed the real culprits! We sprayed the plants straight away. This week the senior gardener I work with told me that one of the section heads had checked other areas & found other infestations so they plan to spray ALL the box plants in the various gardens (quite an undertaking). Later in the day a visitor to the gardens spoke to us she had some samples  of damaged stems from her garden & we were able to show her it was the same thing.  She was actually relieved it wasn't blight.  Apparently the last big outbreak was 2 years ago.

You have been warned keep vigilant!!

Ok, expert lawn people, please advise

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:04

I agree with others that trying to grow grass under the shade of a tree will be hard work. Remember also the tree roots will spread out at least as far as the canopy & take water & nutrients out of the ground. As others have said, you could make a bed round it  or you could go Japanese & grow moss instead!

Just a thought

Diseased Tomato Plant?!

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 12:50

The only other possibility is some kind of virus infection! I guess your space may be limited but this is why most veg growers always grow a minimum of 2 plants of anything in case something happens to one of them.

NO LAWN after using Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn feed

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 13:42

This is why the real experts recommend weeding & feeding as two separate operations, as the combined product though convenient inevitably does not have the right balance of Weedkiller & feed to suit all situations. If there are only a few weeds better to feed & then spot weed as needed.  It sounds as though your lawn had a lot of weed though so the advice you have been given above is sound.

Moving a tayberry.

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 13:37

Yes train it up a post, mesh or trellis, tie in at the top of your support and bend long growth over or down. As well as taking up less space it will actually produce more fruit.


lawn care

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 13:27

I think you may need to re-read or question where that advice came from. Too much feed will actually inhibit seed germination so keep the seeding & feeding separate. Also you need an Autumn feed late in the year as too much Nitrogen (in Summer feeds) will make soft growth that will suffer if we have a hard winter. In my view best late feed for lawn is liquid seaweed as it's iron hardens up growth as well as keeping it looking green.

Yellow Gardeners Delight

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 13:21

This is a very interesting thread. When you think how much the same all seeds of one plant group look it is perhaps a surprise that this does not happen more often. In many years of growing it has not happened to me much before. I did get a Kale plant out of a packet of cabbage seed just last year though. My GD are as expected (Marshalls seed) but interestingly my Sungold, normally yellow are coming out very orange this year.

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