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Why is my Christmas Tree going brown

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 16:05

Hi All,    I planted a christmas tree in the border of my garden  approx 3 years ago,  it had been growing lovely with no problem that is until about  2 weeks ago, i noticed that the tree started to turn brown all over. I was surprised at how quickly this happened but  now it has started to grow new shoots at the tips of the branches.  I am confused as to what is happening with christmas tree. Is there anything i can do to save the christmas tree or is the beginging of the end. 

I would really appreciate some help and advice.  Thank you..x

Ivy invading Evergreen Shrub

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:07

Hi michaelw1 and hogweed,

 Thank you for your advice.  I am a little reluctant to use any chemicals  as i don't want to cause any  possible damage to the shrub so i chose to cut the ivy down at the base,  once cut i was surprised at the amount of ivy that had been growing in and around the shrub. All gone now but i will be watching for any possible new growth .  Thanks again...x 

Ivy invading Evergreen Shrub

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:39

Hi,  nutcutlet and WillDB,  Thank you  both for your help and advice.  I will cut the Ivy down to the base and with a little perseverance that will be the end of ivy problem.  Thanks again.

Ivy invading Evergreen Shrub

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 15:30


I have a evergreen shrub growing in the garden which seems to be doing ok, however, there is Ivy invading the shrub,  its growing inside and on the outside of the shrub. Apart from cutting all the ivy out i cannot get to the ivy roots without doing any damage to the shrub. I have read that painting White Vinegar on the leaves should kill off the ivy, i tried this method but it has not worked. The Ivy seems to still growing  I would appreciate some help and advice on killing off  the ivy once and for all.....Thank you..x

Mimosa Acacia Dealbata

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 15:15

Hi Obelixx,   Thank you for your reply and the link you added is most helpful. I had no idea they grow to that size,  when my plants arrived there was no information  or guide sent with them. I had mentioned that i am a novice at gardening so for me that is a lesson learned.  Thanks again

Mimosa Acacia Dealbata

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 13:41

Hi All, I have recently purchased 2 Mimosa acacia dealbata shrubs,  I have to say they look very delicate and at the moment and i have them on my utility room window sill as i am unsure where to keep them.  I would appreciate help and advice on what type of soil to plant up and where to position in my garden.   As you can tell i am a novice at gardening but i do enjoy it.  Many Thanks.  

Amelanchier Robin Hill Tree

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 13:07

Hi,  I have bought a young  Amelanchier Robin Hill tree but i have no idea what type of soil etc i need to use to plant it in my back garden.  Thank you .

Ring Neck Doves are Nesting in my Garden

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 12:45

Hi, thank you to all for your advice,  From the patio window we can see the parents taking turns on sitting on the nest, and at the moment all appears well.  We have decided not to use the Archway as not to stress the doves.  I do hope they will survive but i have my doubts as i have seen a couple of Magpies  on my neighbours roof.  

Ring Neck Doves are Nesting in my Garden

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 14:16

Hi Redwing,  apologies for my initial description of ring neck doves, they are Collared Doves

Ring Neck Doves are Nesting in my Garden

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 13:54

Hi,  A pair of Ring Neck Doves have chosen to build a nest in the middle of the Honeysuckle which covers one side of the Archway in my garden.  On the other side of my archway is where my greenhouse and shed are. I am worried for their safety as there are a few cats  around, i noticed a black cat in my garden the other day.  The Honeysuckle is not overly dense as i can see the dove sitting on the nest from my window. Is there anything i could do to help keep them safe.   

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Why is my Christmas Tree going brown

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