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plants dying - conifer

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 23:18
I have had another look at the top picture and I am not quite sure if the lighter coloured areas are light brown( tan coloured) or pale green. If it is the former then it could be wind damage so to overcome this nip of the brown tips back to green foliage but no further. If you cut back to the dark brown area this is too much, and the tree will not replace the foliage. If the light areas are pale green this could be new growth which will grow darker as the season progresses and the tips mature. To improve the soil will be difficult short of digging around the the base which might damage the shallow roots. What I would do is rake back the gravel by 6" to 12" spread a general slow release fertiliser such as fish blood and bone. Apply this at the rate is states on the box. Do not be tempted to add more than it says as too much can do the reverse of what you want it to do. Once you have spread the fertiliser cover the area with bark chippings rather than the gravel,this will keep the area moist and save the need for watering, plus it will eventually rot down and the worms will take it into the soil. I would be interested in a closer picture of the lighter coloured areas to see what is happening. Regarding the large tree it just looks if it wants a bit of tidying up once the frost have passed say June / July time. Again only cut the tips of the branches leaving a bit of green on each cut branch. If you go back further you will create brown ares which may not green up again. I hope that helps

hydrangea flower heads dead

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:55
There could be a number of reasons the most common is where it is located. Does it get the morning sun in winter. If it does, what happens is the plant gets frosted around dawn then when the sun rises it thaws the plant out too quickly and you end up with frost damage. Looking at your picture I think this might have happened to avoid this you could do a couple of things for example; if frost is forecast you could cover it overnight with fleece. Another thing you can do, but it will require you to get up before the morning sunshine and spray the plant with cold clean water and this will remove the frost before the sun can do any damage. The good news with your plant is I don' t think you will have lost any flower heads as I don't think they will have appeared yet in your area. You might have a few damaged growing tips which usually means it is going to delay the flowering time because the plant has to produce new flowering spurs. This link might give you a better insight to hydrangea growing; http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Hydrangea/Hydrangea.htm


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 20:33
This link might answer your question; http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Fertiliser/Fertiliser.htm

Need help with tomato plants

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 20:29
From what you describe it suggests you are growing them in "cordon" fashion which is quite a common method. Grown this way they will naturally be limp and vine like hence the need to tie them into some form of verticle support. Add to this if you do not remove axil growths you will end up with a gangly somewhat bush cordon. This link might show what I mean; http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Tomato/Tomato.

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 17:35

This link with its pictures might help;


plants dying - conifer

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 17:30

Has the gravel been laid recently?

It looks like limestone chippings and this might have altered the pH of the soil, causing the conifers to react like this.

hydrangea flower heads dead

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 17:26

Why do you think it does not need frost protection?

It certainly looks like frost damage to me!

What area do you live in?

Dead Daphne

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 17:22

I really can't tell from the info you have supplied, sorry!

Have a read of this and see if it rings any bells;


clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:52
Here is my slant on the subject; http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Data/Soil-Clay/Soil%20-%20Clay.

veg patch

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 19:07
There should be no problem providing you dig it over and let some air into the soil. The soil might smell a bit sour but this will soon evaporate once it has been dug over and left for a bit. If you can get a bit of well rotted manure to dig in at this stage this will open up the texture of the soil You might be best not planting any root crops for the first year but greens should be OK, it might be quite high in nitrogen from the dogs waterworks. I could suggest putting some lime down if you are going to grow greens but do not do this if your adding farmyard manure, these can react to give off ammonia. So use one or the other! To help you decide which; check the condition of the soil when you dig it,if it is a bit sticky go for manure, if it is quite open textured go for lime. I hope that helps, once you decide what you want to grow get back to the forum and between us we will give you advice to suit your plans....Tg
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