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.With honey fungus, remove and destroy the entire root system, as well as the stump of the affected plants and any adjacent planting to at least 1.2m either side. You'll also need to remove the surrounding soil and replace it with fresh. With fairy rings
Mole hills - piles of fresh, excavated soil - don't fully convey the extent of one mole's underground tunnel system, which can cover a surprisingly large area. If a young plant isn't developing, it could be due to tunnelling beneath it. Seedlings can also suffer badly when their ...
The culprit is Trionymus diminutus, a 4mm sap-feeding mealybug that breeds relentlessly when the weather is warm and isn't killed by winter frosts. It deposits a white, waxy substance at the base of the sheathed phormium leaves. A mild infestation is not a problem, but in excess ...
to smother other plants. Dig up cultivated plants in the dormant season and wash roots thoroughly to remove soil and allow the fleshy cream-white roots of the bindweed to be removed. Alternatively, cut back the stems of the bindweed as soon as they emerge
. freshly-cultivated ground, established borders, undisturbed ground, old walls, cracks in paving spring, summer, autumn, winterMore advice on removing weedsPineapple weedField bindweedCreeping thistleJapanese knotweed
Chickweed, Stellaria media, is best thought of as a delicious rather than a pernicious weed. Its young leaves are packed with vitamins, so it makes a healthy addition to salads. However, it can also harbour greenfly and spider mite, so remove
and on clothing. Remove cleavers regularly by hand, or hoe off young seedlings before they set seed. Avoid getting seeds on clothing, as this can inadvertently spread it around the garden. Mulch borders with a 5cm layer of garden compost or composted bark
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soil, cracks in paving, lawns, borders edging lawnsall year roundMore advice on removing weedsCreeping buttercupFat henShepherd's purseVinca or periwinkle
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