Tim Burr

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Garden Pond Renovation

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 13:24

Is now a good time to renovate a tired garden pond? No sign of any frog spawn yet.  Have plants in baskets which are all a bit past their best and need replacing and the water mint has taken over a bit.

Coral Spot on Rowan

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:57

Assume this is Corel Spot which I spotted on a young Rowan I planted a couple of years ago.  It appears to be the only area of the tree that I can see it on and I've cut off the offending tiny branch off the main trunk. Do I need to do anything more?  I understand that there are no specific sprays or fungicides.

Conservatory Yucca

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:35

Yucca in my conservatory has grown to the ceiling and nowhere else for it to go.  If I cut off the main trunk to below where the four main branches come out, will it re-grow again from below the cut?  And if OK to do that, what's the best way of cutting the main trunk without damaging it too much.  Also, the current trunk is sealed at the top with something - what is that, and can it be purchased to re-seal it.  I did think about using candle wax!! 

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

Is there a systemic insecticide available that can be watered in and taken up by the root of a house plant rather than sprayed on? My conservatory plants (Yucca, Ficus, Draceana and several others) are slowing succumbing to Scale and despite repeated spraying with an indoor bug spray its doing nothing and the problem is getting worse. I have taken plants outside and gave them a good wash with garden hose several times during summer. Some of the plants are several years old and are otherwise healthy and huge (yucca is nearing 8 foot tall!!). Don't really want to lose them although getting to the point of thinking I'm going to have to get rid of them and start afresh once I've given the conversatory a deep clean to rid of any remaining Scale insects lurking. The only otger thing I could think of is a insect fogger like the ones that kills fleas, but not sure how e it would be on Scale insects.

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:58

I've got an old Ceanothus. My guess is that its probably as old as the house (circa 21 years?) and put in by the previous owners when they moved in to the new build.  It is around 12 feet tall and in a relatively small modern development garden is too big.  It is also looking rather tired and although it has leaves on the outside, it is sparse inside.  I've noticed that it has flowered less for the last two years and is probably less vigorous on putting fresh growth (which I do hedge trim back) after flowering.

I know that Ceanothus don't respond well to hard pruning so I've made a decision to remove it - however, not sure how easy it will be do to that, especially as the main trunk is probably the size of a medium sized tree.  Can anybody tell me what the root system is like for a Ceanothus?  I am wondering if I just cut it down low as possible to below ground level, and then replant near it, and let nature take her course on rotting it down, or will I be able to get the stump out, without recking the rest of the garden around it.  It is very near the boundary fence, so don't want to cause any issue of pulling half the fence down to get it out the ground.

Poorly Laurel Hedge

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:56

Any ideas what is causing this mottling on a well established laurel hedge.  Also, something has been eating it.  The new shoots have had the majority of the new leaves being removed leaving just green stems.  There is also damage on older leaves as per the picture. It did suffer mildew in the summer (which has been a persistent problem for a few years now).  Ground underneath is as dry as a bone despite the recent rain, and I've just cleared a load of old dried dead leaves from underneath it to let the water thru'.

Thorn proof gloves

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 21:14

I used a pair of rigger gloves when helping a friend clear a garden of numerous very large and established brambles bushes.  They were excellent.  The thorns did not penetrate the leather fingers and palms.  Oh, and don't leave them out overnight.  The foxes take them!  Cheeky blighters.

You can order rigger gloves from Amazon. Not expensive.

Last edited: 30 August 2016 21:14:57


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 21:15
KT53 says:

My suggestion remains unpopular with the cat people, and may even be illegal!!  Make a well know phrase or saying from 'gun' and 'shot'.  Just kidding, but only just.  I stopped them leaving their calling cards in my front lawn by digging it up and replacing it with gravel.

See original post

 Surely all you have made is the biggest car litter tray in the neighbourhood? 

Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 13:20

Thanks for that.  And any idea why mine goes floppy?  I've seen others which are bolt upright.  Is it simply because its gone so tall or have I just got a poor specimen?  

Laurel hedge

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 12:49

Be aware of the cyanide (sweet almond smell) when you come to prune (which is unlikely to cause too much of an issue in the open air).  If you're taking the cuttings to the green recycling, don't shred or chop the leaves first and always drive to the green recycle with the car windows fully open.  Think I'm joking? 

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Garden Pond Renovation

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Coral Spot on Rowan

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Conservatory Yucca

Grown too tall.. 
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Water in systemic insecticide

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Removing an old Ceanothus

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Poorly Laurel Hedge

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Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Missed on pruning after flowering 
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Crocosmia Lucifer

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Extremely sickly looking bamboo

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Powdery Mildew on Laurel Hedge

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When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

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The Decline of Bees

Apparently, its all our fault! 
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Laburnum Trees

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Black Aphids on conservatory Yucca

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Name of the blue flowering plants on GW (Friday 6th May)

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