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Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 13:29

I have tried, really tried, to control weevils in my small garden, my neighbour doesn't bother and sadly, as fast as I remove mine completely, his continue to thrive because downcast be bothere to treat.

The past 2 years I've only used nematode a in spring and autumn. They seem to work well. Unfortunately, this year less so and I am noticing many new notches in a container- grown evergreen and around my photinia, heucheras and a climbing rose.

i can't re-treat with nematodes now, as the soil is too cold - should I try something else like Provado?

i know it's lethal for wildlife, which is why I've never used it, but it is winter and I'm hoping some kind soul on here will put my mind at rest and assure me I'm not a mass-murderer of pollinating insects!

I do have a couple of resident frogs hibernating somewhere in the garden as well, so I'm keen not to use anything that would harm them...does anyone know if chemicals like Provado stay in the soil for a long time? Will they destroy the grubs?

ugh.

 

......the good guys

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:52

www.plantsforshade.co.uk

Brilliant for advice, seamless delivery and all well-packaged too.

I avoid Crocus - awful delivery service in the past, plus plants arrived half dead and generally in poor health.

 

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:50

muck, even!

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:50

What kind of soil do you have? Worth considering, as lavenders tend to like poorer soil whereas roses do like a bit of much

Also, if you know what exposure you have, it'll help to narrow down your selection further.

I always thought white roses looked lovely with lavender too. 

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:46
Why nematodes only in August/Sept.? I use them twice yearly and it has made all the difference to the plague of weevils in my garden. As long as temperatures are above 15 degrees C, they'll work. Plenty of fodder for them in my garden, hey ho :-)

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 18:37
Bowles Dwarf- off to google! Thanks for the time Verdun x

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:44

Ah! I thought they didn't like pruning and fought back! Was putting me off sticking a Rubella in the ground, as 1.5m width and height would swamp my bed!

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 16:29

Thanks Verdun - that's useful. Maybe I could shove a male Rubella in a pot nearby, if I can find any shady space left! I have rather overfilled my tiny garden already....

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 15:40

Hi hostafan, have a bit of a dilemma as regards the male and female plants.

I'm sure you're right and I probably do have 2 female plants (grrr - would have been so nice if the garden ctr could have advised me a bit better there!), but my garden is also tiny and I wouldn't have space for a 3rd skimmia.

Is it at all possible, as with fruit trees, to cross pollinate my existing plants, which are large and lovely, so I don't have to uproot one of them and replace it with a male?

I suspect the answer will be no...!

 

Thank you 

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:13
Thanks everyone - really useful advice. Best to feed now or wait until spring? Very mild here in London and no night frosts yet.

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