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Ferric phosphate slug pellets

Posted: Yesterday at 22:04

It's difficult to tell how harmful they are. You wouldn't want them, or a dead slug, to be eaten by anything, but very few slugs are taken by birds and amphibians so the chance of catching one with your poisoned slug must be small. I don't know about hedgehogs. None of my pets or visiting birds show any interest in the pellets. I collect up living and dead slugs in the early morning, too, which may help.

Marestail along stream

Posted: Yesterday at 07:54

I am with Buttercup on this one, for several reasons: 1) strong chemicals and water courses are very difficult to handle, 2) your pictures are very pretty and it doesn't seem to be harming anything, 3)if it does spread, it will probably do so slowly and you can just pull out the individual shoots. I do in my garden, and 4) if it gets too high you could just strim the lot  from time to time and keep it civilised.


Posted: 22/05/2016 at 11:14

They are terrible this year! I have been outside picking them off every morning and evening and have caught hundreds, but I'm not winning.

Birch tree not flowering so well high up

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 13:26

Just a thought. Have you had strong, cold winds blowing recently? If so, that might account for the top growth. I'd take away those stones and leave a circle of clear soil round the base and mulch with some proper muck, too.

Plant ID?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 13:35

I think both are poppies. Best to wait and see! You can move them if you dig very deep to get the root out.

Sad Cyclamen

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 19:34

They look fine to me! Mine self seed where they grow, but they do it VERY slowly. They spend about a year looking like yours, then they get a bit bigger and in about four years they're ready to put out a flower. It's worth the wait, though!

Dead patches on lawn

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:38

Do you have leatherjackets in the soil?

Semi shady tolerant shrub

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:25

Eleagnus is rather good. It also produces tiny but very scented flowers when many plants are resting

Buddleia from the flames

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:21

If it is a shrub you are fond of - for its beauty or its sentimental value - I would allow it to shoot and take a cutting. They are really easy to root and the new plant will have all the strength and vigour that its parent had before it became old and hollow. 

weeds around tree bedding area

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 07:47

It could be very difficult to protect your trees and shrubs from chemicals. Personally, I would do it the traditional way and pull the weeds by hand. It isn't really a big area and a few sessions will do it! You need to remove as much root as possible and afterwards, pull up any re-emerging growth as soon as you see it.

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