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Pear leaf disease

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:23

Hi you could try spraying with Bordeaux Mixture its a fungicide just in cast its something nasty 

Talkback: Canker

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 17:34

hi kaycurtis depending on what the sick tree has got would depend if the disease is in soil or in the plant. some soil diseases can live in the soil for 5 years and will infect new  plants that are susceptible  some are in the plant make shore the old plant is dead and remove as much as possible, ammonium sulphamate will kill the whole root and becomes plant food in the soil drill a hole fill it up and cover. Try and work out what it died from

Talkback: Canker

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 17:18

Hi this is a bacterial disease and is spread buy birds but mostly by pruning tools if you do cut this tree with any thing sterlise it with surgical spirit or it can spread

Trees dont get better  they  are not like us they dont replace cells they wall them off

If it is only on one branch you can try to cut it out you will know if you get it all as there will be on stain in the freshly cut end

It is good practice to strelise all tools between plants

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 09:09

Hi as your clay is a natural PH buffer that should help the lime will eventually effect the soil ph. could you not create a clear space around your plants and fill it with crushed hard stone/slate/bark you could make it an interesting shape even edge it with some of the lawn edging to stop it mixing.Also feed your plants with ericaceous  feed. you can also water with PH adjusted water using a PH meter or litmus strips to make the water acid you adjust the PH down. if your plants start to yellow it is because they cant absorb iron in the wrong PH for them so a feed of blood may help 

Plant ID assistance

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:17

looks like a Spirea to me too might be snowmound  hard to tell as there are over 100 to chose from

 

Training a photinia ( RED ROBIN)

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:03

You could pin them down to provide a thicker hedge, all the side shoots will grow up.

on the ground or at 45 deg  like an  espaliered you can pleach them (plat or weave)

You can feed them with sea weed feed and a chelated  nutrient feed that will make them grow and establish quickly. (they will grow like you are in the tropics)

they are a very versatile plant a bit thin for  topiary but  with wires  you could

 

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