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Magnolia Tree - Dead or dying, please help?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:24

Did you at any time use a mower near the tree? Magnolias are vulnerable to damage from being banged by mowers their bark does not heal as well as other trees.

Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:05


About 15 years ago there was a minor scandal here in Britain when the Coca-Cola company decided to go into the bottled water business. It turned out that they were taking their water from the taps in their factory and carbonising it, the brand rapidly went out of business. This led to scientists checking out bottled waters and tap waters who discovered may bottled waters had been in the bottle so long they were not as fresh as tap water. Most UK tap water is safe from bacterial contamination partly due to use of chlorine and effective filtration. Chemical contamination is more of a concern in some parts [i.e. aluminium in Cornwall a few years ago] nitrates from fertilizers in agricultural areas, but water in plastic bottles gets contaminated by different chemicals from the plastic.

Raspberries from seed

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:44

Do Strawberries come true if grown from seed? As they are the product of hybridisation won't seed grown offspring be different from their parents? You will not have the same variety of strawberry you have now, might be better, but chances are it will be inferior.

Laurel hedging

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:31

There are dozens of clones of Cherry Laurel with varying sizes of leaf, you may have two different clones.

Tree/Shrub Identity

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:20

I also think the foliage looks like Magnolia. None of my Magnolias have ever set fruit so I have no idea what they look like. Try "googling" Magnolia fruit to look at what they look like.

Pruning/ planting

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:58


With Norway Spruce and any other fir, if you cut back beyond green foliage they will not re-sprout as broad leaved trees do. You need to look at your tree carefully before you cut anything. However, as the tree gets taller the branches will droop and screen where lower branches have been removed.

Annoying viney growth in my lawn

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 07:22


Creeping Buttercup is a sign of damp poorly drained ground. I suggest you improve the drainage of the lawn to prevent it coming back if you get rid of it with weedkiller.

Goji Berries

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:55

I bought one from Aldi two years ago as it was only£1.99. Well it has certainly grown  it sends out arching shoots rather like a bramble, but has it flowered -absolutely nothing. I will give it one more year and if there are no flowers I will serve notice of eviction to it.

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:36


You got to bear in mind that Blueberries and other garden fruit have been subject to breeding, hybridisation to select heavy fruiting plants. Your Whinberries will simply be wild plants without those factors inbred. Best of luck with them.

ID for this one

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 08:29

I would also go with santolina. Yarrow, do the leaves smell like curry or more like lavender, that will answer your query. 

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