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Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:42

Hi All,    We have a large area of Decking  which is looking very Tired. Its not very good quality decking as there are too many knots in the wood.  Is it possible to cover the decking with paving slabs or do we have no choice but to take the whole area of decking up.   As you can tell by my question i am a newbie,  I would really appreciate your help and advice...Thanks.

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 20:38

Thank you all for your replies,  I have never heard of the shield/stink bug, I am not very good with creepy crawlies,  i cringe at the thought of them but at the same time i would not harm them,  i certainly  could not pick one up. Just the thought of trying to pick one up makes me shudder.  sadly i am not as brave as you 1Runnybeak1 

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 14:50

Hi All, I have 2 questions  i would like to ask,

Firstly can anyone identify this insect for me as i have never seen one before.  The colour looked  luminous green/brown, also it has really long antennas. It landed on my laundry basket yesterday and stayed there quite some time so i got  my camera and took this photo so that someone could identify it for me.


 Secondly, I purchased a multi pack of shrubs, unfortunately for me there were no identity labels with them. Can someone help me to identify these shrubs please.

All help and advice given is greatly appreciated... x




Young Silver Birch Tree

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 19:03

Hi jo47,   Here are a couple of pics,

This is a close-up of the cracks...

Can my tree be rescued

Young Silver Birch Tree

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 16:26

Hi All, I have a young silver birch tree about 4yrs old.  Yesterday whilst i was weeding around the base of my tree i noticed that there are a couple of cracks on the base of the trunk, also i noticed a couple of roots showing on the surface. What  could have caused the cracks in the tree?.  Could it be something that i have done wrong or is it insect damage. 

Will my tree gradually die off or is there anything i can do to save my tree.  All help and advice appreciated.  



Posted: 01/09/2015 at 23:54

Hi,  in reply to dovefromabove i think it is called Prunus Lauroceracus. Also if as jeffd suggests the wasps are feeding  and having a party on the sweet sap, does  this mean that my hedge will be ok. ..x


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 17:39

Hi, Thank you for your suggestions and help regarding the wasps on my laurel hedge.  Being as i was not brave enough to get too close to the hedge full which was full of wasps, my husband had a closer  look to try and see what the wasps were doing on the leaves, there were no Aphids that he could see nor was there any Ivy Flowers. What my husband did notice was that the wasps seemed to be focussing on the back of the leaves along the spine. Could it be as Bob the Gardener suggests the wasps were after the Honeydew from the Scale Insect.  Will the Scale Insect cause damage to my hedge?  i wonder?.   Thanks.....x


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 13:07

Hi,  I have noticed a couple of days ago that there were quite a few wasps on my Laurel Hedge,  i  have just been in the garden and i noticed there are so many more wasps along the length of my hedge. I have no idea why.  I am terrified of wasps so i am reluctant to get too close  All help and advice appreciated.  

Advice on planting Spruce Trees

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 00:51

Thank you so much Pansyface for your help and also for the link you sent which was most helpful and very informative. On reading about Spruce Trees i was surprised at the Height and widths on reaching maturity. I now understand why you asked if i had a large garden ...... Thanks .

Advice on planting Spruce Trees

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 23:27

Hi All,  I have purchased 2 Spruce trees, one is a 3ft Picea Serbian Spruce  (christmas tree)  which i intend to plant in the  garden and the 2nd one which is a lovely 3ft Silver coloured Picea Colorado Spruce tree which i am hoping to plant in my front garden.  Our Bungalow sits on a corner so we are in full sun most of the day.  I would appreciate some help and advice on what type of soil conditions a Spruce tree require. . also will it be ok to position my Spruce tree in full sun.

All help and advice greatly appreciated.

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Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

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Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Never seen this type of insect before. 
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Young Silver Birch Tree

Is my Silver Birch Doomed 
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Standard Fuchsia

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Help and Advice

Young Rowan and Silver Birch Saplings 
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Raising the Level of the New Lawn

Any Preparation work required prior to laying a New Lawn?. 
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Replanting a young unknown tree

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Advice on replanting young unknown tree

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