Tim Burr

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Extremely sickly looking bamboo

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 15:04

Thanks Ladybird4. I put into a container because I was warned it would run.  However, I'm concerned at the look at it. It wasnt a cheap purchase and I'd be upset to lose it. Might take your view on it. Have you put a barrier around yours at all?

Extremely sickly looking bamboo

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 12:52

Have a bamboo (Phyllo. Nigra) in large container which looks extremely ill. The leaves have a yellow tinge to them. It's been well watered and I did give it some lawn feed the other week to see if that would perk it up, but still not looking great. It's not losing leaves which might suggest it's dying. I planted it in the container in May last year using compost and well rootted manure and it put up loads of new shoos but this year I've only had one new shoot. Any ideas? The picture make the leaves more green - from a distance it is yellow!


Posted: 02/07/2016 at 11:23

Sorry, but I find Red Robin an absolute PITA!  It grows too quick, constantly drops leaves (and they don't rot down because they are shiny, if you get my drift), all the new leaves are on the outside but the inside of it is completely bare.  I've hacked mine back several times and it just gets bigger every year.  Last year I took it down 6 foot, and its already grown back 4!  This year I'm going to cut it down and leave a 4 foot stump.  Hoping it might kill it, then I'll remove the stump and plant a Pittosporum.  

Powdery Mildew on Laurel Hedge

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 20:32

At the front of my house is a laurel hedge that was planted and well established from when the house was built in 1995.  The hedge is kept to a well defined height, width and depth, and is trimmed back every year in the autumn to keep it in shape to a strict rectangle shape.  I moved into the house in 2010.  Every year about now as it starts to put a growth spurt on with new leaves, I notice the hedge starts to develop powdery mildew on the leaves and the hedge starts to look a bit sorry for itself, slowly looking worse until I trim it back come the Autumn.  Is there anything I can do to treat the mildew?  The hedge is about 25 feet long, 8 feet tall and around 2 foot deep.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:17

That's good - think it might need it.  If I don't do the bit that's gone above and then over the fence, think my neighbour will. 

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:12

Ok, thanks Nutcutlet.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:57

Hi, I'll take your word for it - how would I know the difference if its dulcamara or crispum?  I just remember somebody coming into my garden and saying, it was Woody Nightshade, which I looked up and got the latin name of S. dulcamara.  Thought it was that ever since.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 14:44

Here you go...

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:13

Solanum dulcamara or Woody Nightshade has really taken off this year and now gone a bit rampant.  It has flowered wonderfully, but now coming to the end, and I need to get control of it.  It is planted up against a fence, but is not supported (other than by itself) but has managed to grow to to around 12 feet tall (fence is around 6 foot tall).  I was thinking of taking the longest stems along the fence to reduce height, and then prune out the stems that stick out into the border.  But when it the best time to do this?  The flowers are turning into berries, so wondering if its best to leave it now and wait until autumn/winter or spring next year, however, I was wanting to get into tackling it now, as it is set behind (and growing into) a Kerria Japonica which has also flowered and I want to cut that back to encourage new growth for flowering.  The mix of the colours from the yellow Kerria and the purple Solanum have been wonderful, but now paying for that! 

What is this grass/weed and how can I stop it taking over my lawn?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:58

I wouldn't have thought that they would have put such a pernicious grass seed in to the mix.  Its probably appeared form somewhere else.  Birds eat grass seed and then poop on your lawn as they fly over head.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

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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Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 23:10

Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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