Latest posts by Verdun

slugs in the lawn

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:49

Jackie, sounds like leatherjackets...certainly not slugs....damaging your lawn.  Get nematodes and apply asap for good control.  From August this is crane fly egg laying time and their grubs are eating the roots.  Nematodes will deal with them 

Fruit Bushes

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:44

Blueberries....I remove spindly, weak "bits" in late winter.  These will never carry fruit.  I also take out the odd old wood.  Easy

raspberries...summer varieties need fruited stems removed and young stems kept intact for next year.  autumn raspberries cut to the ground as soon as fruiting is over.

gooseberries......prune over winter to remove old wood and keep centre open for good air circulation and easy picking.  In summer prune side shoots to produce spurs ..these produce fhe best fruit

 blackcurrants?  remove fruited stems  all the way to new shoots low down.  I aim to take out one or two very old branches right to the ground.  All this done asap after flowering.  A generous feed too then to produce plenty of new growth.

rosslloyd, nothing complicated or anything to be nervous about 

no need to google is all very simple 

good eating 

Last edited: 15 September 2016 17:46:21


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:31

White Swan is a good tough old variety aym.  It will be just fine 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:30

Cheeky Frank.  

Been dry, very warm but not much sun.......a little right now though.  No rain and it looks like rain that was forecast for us will affect Devon.  


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:23

Hardy then Pokhim.....

Unkillable Aconitum

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:05

Purple shed, you clearly did not dig deep enough.  You don't need weedkiller. .  


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:03

Some are hardy some are tender...what varieties?  Do you know? 

Do not cut healthy foliage.  Remove old stems, even leaves.  With echinaceas esp remove spent flowers asap

if you have them in a warm free draining spot they have a better chance of surviving winter.


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 13:48

Fantastic Pokhim. 

Looks perfect for SCENT there.  

Heliotropes, regal lilies, daphnes, many of the dianthus, sarcoccoca, dwarf choisya (White Dazzler) and more will scentsationally to your lovely looking garden 

Lawn care

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:45

Magnum, no great mystery about the products.

As I said a weed and feed product is a standard thing.  They are all of a muchness so shop around for best price.  

Lawn care

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:39

Magnum it yourself 

lawn treatment is not really complicated.....feed it, water it, mow it regularly and control weeds.

there are other things you can do ....spiking, raking, top dressing, etc....but basically feeding, watering and mowing are the essentials.

lots of products in garden centres and DIY stores.  Simply read the with every product you use......and follow them.  

At this time of year you can apply an autumn feed ....I think this is unnecessary.....but spring is when lawn treatment is needed.  Then you apply a feed and weed...simple 

take it all as it comes.  The lawn tells you if it is not thriving.  You can post a picture here and ask us if so.  

My neighbour haa a professional outfit come in on a regular basis.  My lawns..forgive the bragging .....are far better than theirs

if reasonabl y healthy there is no reason why anyone cannot produce as good as a lawn as any professional outfit 

Last edited: 15 September 2016 12:41:40

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