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What should I do with these apple trees and when?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 14:29

Jim, look at my initial post. I said "get rid of it".

I have been growing apple trees with success for going on 60 years, I haven't just "read a book".

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 14:21

True, Verdun. There are hidden depths in everyone. No, don't worry, I'm not Penniesfromheaven in disguise.

Does the Badachro Inn still have that old sea chart on the wall showing the water depths around the bay? It was a framed bit of ancient white paper with tiny black marks all over it. The first time I saw it I was certain they were squashed midges.

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:45

Generally speaking, the more you cut a plant down, the more it tries to grow back to where it was. If you just tinker around with roses they just make little sprouty shoots at the top. So your rose is now going to be saying to itself "hang on, I should be 6 feet tall" and it's going to try to get there next year. Rugosa roses can easily put on 3 feet a year if they feel like it.

Now that it's had a good shock it won't need another one next autumn but it will needto  be kept a nice shape. Your neighbour clearly has the idea that this is her job. She is going to need to be put straight on that and watched like a hawk for ever more. Snipping is a habit that some people just can't stop themselves from doing.

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:38

Oh, thanks for that! Yes, a rose and most likely rugosa. She put her back into it, didn't she? No damage done, no, and it will look lovely next summer. Weeds out though.

Poached this morning!

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:32

Cold, leftover spaghetti, anyone?

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:29

Thanks Dove, it's good that you know about cutting and pasting as well as gardening. i was having to sit here, tapping my fingers on the table, because I'm too dim to know how to do all that stuff!

I used to have a rugosa rose hedge and it really liked a good haircut. All sorts of lovely strong young shoots came up from ground level afterwards.

George Melly on the telly

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 11:11

If you are a "green" gardener there is a predatory mite that will eat them called Phytoseiulus persimilis, which can be bought online.

If you aren't interested in that kind of thing, malathion type sprays are said to keep them at bay, though I wouldn't know as I am a green gardener.

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 10:43

Oh dear, these things just get the heart racing, don't they? Clearly this neighbour is going to need a firm hand. She must have known that what she was doing was wrong. Be polite, but don't be too polite.

Let us know the type of hedge it is. Some hedges even benefit from a hard prune and you may find that she has done you a favour.

George Melly on the telly

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 10:01

Your T. urticae is my red spider mite. 

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 09:44

You shouldn't have corrected the autocheck. I had a lovely image in my mind's eye there. 

I 'd have to take up yoga, I think, as gardening  is the only way I can relax.

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