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Entries from May 2006

Ivy on house walls

May 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I’ve heard that ivy growing on bricks can be problematic for the mortar, but I don’t want to just rip it all down in case I damage the brickwork. Can you tell me if there is an optimum time or way of removing the ivy to limit the damage done now and in the […]

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Mould on top of the compost in my house plant pots

May 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I stop the mould growing on top of the compost of my house plant pots? . Answer With regard to the mould on top of the soil, remove it then apply a fresh layer of compost on top of the pots. Add some crushed charcoal to this layer and this will stop […]

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Summer pruning apples, pears and plums

May 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Question . Answer Apples, pears and plums they need to be trimmed with some summer pruning in the early summer this means that all the new spring growth should be cut back. Be careful not to cut back the fruiting spurs, these are the short stubby shoots that carry the fruit and flowers, normally these […]

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Constructing decking over manhole covers

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Can you tell me the best way to construct decking over manhole covers? Answer We normally lay our decks on 100mm x 25mm sawn treated timber which is laid on pillars made from bricks. This method allows us to adjust the level of the frame to allow for the unevenness of the patio being […]

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Bottle brush or Callistemon care notes

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have obtained a plant I know simply as ‘bottle brush’ please could you give me some care notes on this plant? Answer Bottle brush or Callistemon plant are quite soft and, until recently, have been classed as almost an exotic plant requiring extra care and attention. They are best planted in a sheltered […]

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Wisteria cuttings

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Can I propagate my wisteria from cuttings? . Answer Wisteria are normally grown from seed or grafted onto root stocks. I would say it is not impossible to take cuttings but it might take a long time for them to root. If you do decide to take cuttings then take them in the early […]

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Growing courgettes

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Please could I have some advice on growing courgettes, as it is the first time I have grown them? Answer Growing courgettes; here are some notes to help you (courgettes, marrows and squashes are all about the same to grow, so these notes cover all these plants) Sowing seeds: Courgettes and marrows can be […]

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Wisteria for hot, dry climates

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I live in a dry hot climate, would wisteria be a good choice for a climbing vine? Answer A wisteria in your hot dry climate should be O.K as long as the root is shaded and you use lots of organic matter such as garden compost when you plant the plant. For More information […]

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Weed Control For A New Garden

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Starting a new garden can be a bit challenging, especially when the site you have chosen for your garden is over run with weeds. Here at GardenAdvice, our team recommends spraying the area with ‘Round Up’ Weed Killer. This will kill the weeds and then you can have a weed free start for your new […]

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Browning in older leylandii conifers

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a row of Leylandii which have been in for 15 years and have been healthy to date. All of a sudden there appear to be a number of brown patches along the row where the the last 4-5 inches on some of the branches have gone brown. There is still a lot […]

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Aubergine plants

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have some small aubergine plants I grew from seed. Do I stake them like tomatoes? Do I pinch out the tips to get them to grow bushy? . Answer Your Aubergine plants will need to be pinched out to help them bush out, this will help produce more fruit. The plants are also […]

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Acer in pots for a patio

May 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I Have bought two Acers for my patio and want to put them into pots. Please could you advise on the best type of compost/soil to plant them in? Answer Acers need an acid compost to do their best. You can either put a compost especially for acid loving plants or, as we often […]

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Fungus in my lawn

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have black fungus fungus in my lawn and would like to remove it, how can I do this? . Answer Removing the fungus from your lawn is not that easy, as all the chemicals that have been used have now been banned by the EEC. The fungus will be feeding on old dead […]

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Decking over an existing patio

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Can I build a patio over an existing patio with out taking up the patio? Answer Yes, you can lay a decking over an uneven patio. We normally lay our decks on 100mm x 25mm sawn treated timber which is laid on pillars made from bricks. This method allows us to adjust the level […]

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How to move a Holly bush

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I move my large holly bush, and can I move it now in May? Answer It would be best to move it in the early autumn. To move it, dig a trench around it now to cut some of the larger roots. This will help it produce some finer roots nearer the […]

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Ants in my compost bin

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have ants in my compost bin. How can I remove them and do they do any harm? . Answer Ants in your compost bin will not do any harm, but if you would like to get rid of them we normally use a product called Nippon which is a paste bait that they […]

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Flowering Rhubarb

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question My Rhubarb in my veg garden is flowering which it has not done before, should I remove it? Answer With regard to your question on your flowering Rhubarb, yes, it is normal, but I recommend that you remove the flowering stem by cutting it out and feeding the plant with a general garden fertilizer […]

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Rose Sickness

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I want to plant some roses to replace some old roses, but I have been told I have to replace the old soil because of rose sickness is this true? Answer Rose sickness: This is a problem and normally you would have to replace the soil, but these days you can use a product […]

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Lilly Beetle – How can I control Lilly Beetle

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have a bad attack of Lilly Beetles, how can I control them? Answer Lily beetles are best controlled by inspecting your plants regularly. Pick off and destroy any adults, eggs or grubs when seen. Heavily infested plants can be sprayed with imidacloprid + sunflower oil (Bayer Provado Ultimate Bug Killer concentrate). The larvae […]

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Pulsatilla vulgaris seeds

May 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have some pulsatilla vulgaris producing some seed. How can I get this seed to grow? AnswerWith regard to your question on your pulsatilla vulgaris seeds, I would wait until the seed heads are fully formed and then remove the flowering stems with the seed heads on. Allow to dry in a shed in […]

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