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Entries from February 2006

Plants For Winter Colour

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

During the Winter season can be a challenging time for plants. Gardeners can have a tough job maintaining the color and blooms of the Spring and Summer. However there are still plants that gardeners can use that can be seen as reliable for providing winter colour in the garden. Here are a few tips on […]

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Shady lawn problem

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a lawn and it is in shade most of the time, and very thin. How can I improve it? Answer Shady lawn problem: In the spring you need to cover with a seed mixture suitable for shady areas. This normally contains wood meadow grass Poa Nemaralis. If you have a look around […]

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Glasshouse base

February 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I am building a new Glasshouse. How can I build the base? Answer A glasshouse base needs to be about 100mm deep. The way we construct them is to level the ground, then using sawn timber, 100mm X 25mm, and pegs, make a box on the ground using the wood to form the edges […]

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Plants for a pergola

February 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a new pergola, it is about 3 metres by 1.5 metres on a clay soil. What would you suggest I grow on it to provide all year around interest? Answer These are the plants I would use; Clematis armandii for spring flowers with a scent. Vitus Brant for the grapes and autumn […]

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Pachira plant care

February 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I care for a Pachira plant? Answer Pachira does not have special requirements, it is a hardy plant that will adapt well to different conditions. In its natural habitat it grows in sunny wetlands, it will quickly adapt to less light and less water. You don’t have to water it very often, […]

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GardenAdvice.co.uk – Help us make some new content

February 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Help us make some new web site content The GardenAdvice.co.uk team are looking for interesting gardening projects to get involved with to help add new and interesting content to the GardenAdvice.co.uk web site. Currently we are particularly interested in wildflower meadows, ponds and decking projects. For Further details More

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Jasmine Clotted Cream

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Please could you supply me with some information on Jasmine Clotted Cream? Answer It is a recent plant introduction, as far as we know, it seems to be fully hardy. It likes a sheltered, sunny, well-drained site and is perfect for covering a south or west-facing wall. It is fast growing and flowers from […]

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Forcing of Sea Kale

February 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I force Sea Kale? Answer Firstly, either grow a few Sea Kale plants from seed, or buy a couple of two year old seedlings, if you can find them. Secondly, plant them singly in a large pot, water well and cover with a bucket, or something similar, to exclude the light. Place […]

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wood Pigeon Problem

February 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a large garden, and a major wood pigeon problem. Any ideas on how I can solve the problem? Answer This is the solution we would employ – Firstly, we would find a local falconer with a Harris Hawk, or ideally, a pair of Harris Hawks. Ask the falconer to come and come […]

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Lemon tree – Feeding an indoor lemon tree

February 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How do I feed my indoor lemon tree? Answer The best way to feed your indoor lemon tree is to use a liquid tomato feed, as it has the right nutrients in it to help the lemon tree produce new fruit, and at the same time not produce too much fresh growth. For More […]

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Laying a new lawn on an old lawn

February 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I am laying a new lawn on an old one, do I need to kill the old grass first? Answer Yes, you do need to kill the old grass first. The best way to do this is to apply round up weed killer about 10 days before, this will kill all the grasses and […]

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Grass under trees

February 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I grow grass under my oak trees? I have carried out a soil test and the ph is 5.5 Answer Growing grass under oak trees: The oak leaves make the soil more acid as they break down. As the soil reaches Ph 5.5 to 5.75 it is a good idea to apply […]

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Stinking water in water barrel garden.

February 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Question The water in my new water barrel garden has gone stale and stinks. How can I stop this? Answer The ideal situation is to achieve a balance in the barrel by adding more plants such as the oxygenating plant canadian pond weed. In a new barrel water garden achieving this balance can take some […]

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sooty mould

February 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have several shrubs where the leaves are getting covered in a black sooty matter. How can I remove it? Answer This is caused by plants suffering from an aphid, or scale, attack. The infested plants become sticky with honeydew excreted by this insect, and further disfigurement occurs when sooty mould grows on this […]

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Pruning Lavender Plants

February 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

The lavender plant (L. angustifolia) should be pruned every year to keep them compact. On established plants, remove flower stalks and about 2.5cm of the current year’s growth, being careful not to cut them back into the woody stems. Also make sure that some green growth remains. Pruning is undertaken in late Summer after flowering, […]

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Cats using the garden as a litter tray

February 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I keep cats from using the garden as a litter tray? Answer One effective method we have found is to water the garden borders with a strong solution of Jeyes Fluid from a watering can in between and around the plants. You will need to repeat this after a few weeks to […]

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Autumn leaves on my garden borders

February 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Question After the autumn leaves have fallen from the trees and shrubs covering my borders, can I just dig then into the border? Answer Yes, I would dig them in to the soil. In our garden I cover the beds with a new layer of spent mushroom compost every spring and cover up the leaves […]

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Easy to maintain garden bank

February 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I make a bank in my garden, which is at present coved in brambles, easy to maintain? Answer The solution is to strim down the brambles etc. then cover with commercial standard weed sheeting and a wood chip mulch. To keep costs down I would give your local council’s tree gang a […]

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Moving large trees and shrubs in the garden

February 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Question I am moving house, can I move my larger trees and shrubs? Answer To move the largest trees or garden shrubs begin by marking a circle around the shrub, as wide as the widest branch. Dig a trench along the line of this circle. Use a fork to loosen the soil around the root […]

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Water Lilies

February 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Water lilies have leaves that are designed to sit on the surface of the water. As the level of the water changes, they move up and down by means of a telescopic system in the leaf stem. So if it rains and the level of the water goes up and they can extend the stems […]

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