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Mass Leaf Drop on Standard Photinia

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:35

I think it simoly doesnt like being in a pot. it meeds to be in the ground tracey...not vine weevils.

it is never a solution to feed plants thaf are ailing essentially because of a lack of wateer.....that's the cause of your problems. that rootball is not holding enough moisture.  Bonemeal will simply burn those roots right now.  

before planting put the rootball in a bucket of water for a couple of hours. tease out any roots growing around the rootball and gently apread them out. dig a generous planting hole and mix dried manure and compost with a little organic granular fertiliser with the soil.  backfill and make a mound surrounding the plant and fill with water. let it drain and repeat. do this 3 or 4 times.  

Later remove the mounded soil around the rootball and mulch with compost

dont prune anything yet except for any dead twigs 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:21

Or simply buy an insecticide spray.

often aphids are at the very top shoots. pinching them off to shoots below removes them. flowers will quickly form to replace those removed. 

Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:16

It's the peat though Fairy. if just cement it wouldnt look right. it just looks like,,well,,cement  

went through a craze at the time making stone troughs. sold a few too when I sold plants here.  I remember making one for someone once ....she offered me £100....I think... but I did it for free. Then her friends wanted them but I ran out of enamel sinks. could have made a small fortune....

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:05

Its calamagrostis Lyn.  delightfully tactile too and the colour is hazy purple.  Lovely when it sways 

new grass badly prepared

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:01

Kat, don't cry for a start 

how big is your lawn area?

you could simply continue raking those stones out helping to level it at the same time. if not too large an area you could spread some decent topsoil or compost on the surface and comtinue to rake it and mix it into turf.  A light fertilizer too.  Then scatter seed to areas that need it

Regular mowing and feeding will win the day Kat.  Get your turf growing well and dont cut too close and you will build up a nice soft sward to sit on and walk on 

Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:23

My own cement  mix with the days when moss peat was available.  It gives that natural stone look, is very strong as stone....and was very enjoyable to so. I made 3 sinks, a washing machine drum and a couple of chimney pots.  Even made a couple of containers from scratch and they all look, feel and are like stone.  Made at least 20 years ago.

re glazed sinks....the hard part, etching and scratching the enamel.  upvc glue.  Then the mixture.....pre hypertufa hype 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:06

Beeguiling Runny 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:23

You will have to use ericaceous j i then WW....if it is a blue variety

Me runners are shrivelled!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:21

Painful pansyface 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 17:01

Did you say cream teas WW?    

Which hydrangea is that?  On my soil that would be perfect 

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