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Weeds to lawn

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:20

Glyphosate now and again in 2 weeks on anything not killed.  Then 2 weeks after that lay your turf.  However, I would wait just a little while longer to avoid the real heat of summer.....last week In August through September is ideal.

However, if you already have turf then better to lay if than leave it rolled up.  

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:14

Keepitalive, 

Yes cordons.....upright or oblique or even double or triple........are easy and very productive.  Spur back simgle stems or double or triple (depending on what your plamts look like now).  Dont be afraid to have fun amd experiment with shape ...you can't really go far wrong.  Gooseberries will be bigger too from cordons.

Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:05

No not a mite.....not a picea. .  I think that looks, well, as the guy from Dads army would say "doomed" .  

As flowering rose said, a lot of conifers down here (Cornwall) have suffered badly this winter from winter wet and I mentioned this few months back.

Paul, best to dig this up now

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:09

Yes, I'm sure it's a lack of water.  Hot sun, container over heating .....vigorous Montana needs generous watering right now

Deadheading

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:30

I deadhead offen but then in mid summer shear everything back on many long flowering summer plants....like osteospermums, argyranthemums. Removing stems makes for a neater more floriferous plamt.

Violas?  I cut hard back ....just a couple more to do.  Usually reflower but my aim is to allow the plant to regenerate.  

Astilbe

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:25

Keep mine until they look too brown.  Foliage then looks better, crisper, etc.  No wont reflower this year.  So, some of mine have been cut some not, some still in flower.  

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:22

Trudy, 

Two things......take cuttings now. They root easily.  Will make 4 or 5 foot plant next year from cuttings taken now.

Secondy, if your plant is not looking too great cut it hard now.  Hard as ??ou like.  It will regrow quickly and have established tough foliage to endure the winter.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:18

Hiya lily.  Yes I have buddleia white profusion too but ivory buzz looks far more compact.  Think in a pot on the patio it will need regular watering though 

Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:15

Sounds like it might be picea albertiana Conica......lime green.  Were new shoots vivid bright green?  Does it have a comical shape?  

Many conifers suffer from pests and diseases and from physiological comditions but if your plant is a picea Paul it may well be a spider mite issue.  Picea mite sucks the life out of these plants during dry sunny weather in spring and summer......tell tale signs like lots of dead dusty needles inside a d bottom of the bush.  The answer is not to water as such but to spray water.  Spray thoroughly to remove the mites and to create a moist environment thaf mites hate.  Repeat regularly during dry weather.  

Can you buy Heather all year round?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:08

Main point.....winter flowering are lime tolerant (generally) whilst summer flowering need acid soil.   Yes, available all year round 

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