Quick Links
Expert supplier Media Clips Info Sheet Expert Advice
Gardening tips and gardening advice database header image 4

Entries from October 2006

Growing poinsettias

October 11th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I grow my poinsettias so they have red bracks for Christmas? Answer Poinsettias should be kept in a well lit room away from draughts. If placed on a window ledge, it should be brought into the room in the evening, when the curtains are closed. This prevents it from getting a draught, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Growing wisteria from seed

October 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Question How can I grow wisteria from the seed pods on my present wisteria? Answer Wisteria can be grown from the seeds found in the long seed pods in the autumn. These seeds are mature when the pods start to dry, and the seeds turn a light brown colour. They can be sown immediately or […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Liverworts as weeds in the garden

October 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Question Please could you advise me on how to kill liverwort? I have it in my lawn and borders. Answer In the garden borders the soil pH should be kept close to neutral (pH 7) which is suitable for most plants other than rhododendrons and similar lime-haters. Borders and other cultivated areas should be well […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Leather jackets and daddy longlegs

October 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have loads of crane flies or daddy long legs in my garden and house from my lawn. How can I control them? Answer To control the leather jackets, which are the larvae of crane flies or daddy long legs, apply some nematodes directly to your lawn. Apply from the end of August through […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Toadstools and fungi on lawn

October 4th, 2006 · No Comments

When you find toadstools in a lawn, there are generally two reasons why. Firstly, your turf has too much thatch. This is the dead matter that builds up at the base of the grass plants and forms a mat which often makes the lawn spongy to walk on. In this case you need to remove […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Controlling Knotweed – Japanese Knot weed

October 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

Knotweed or Japanese knot weed is quite a difficult weed to control and requires some time to be able to control it effectively. One of the best way to kill it is by spraying it with RoundUp weed killer. RoundUp contains Glyphosate which is a systemic herbicide that acts by blocking a plant’s enzyme system. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Growing begonias

October 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

Begonias make excellent and rewarding house plants. They need warm, humid and well-lit conditions but not direct sunlight. Generally, Begonias grown indoors will require some shading during summer. In winter a minimum night temperature of 12deg c (54 deg f) will suit many species, but avoid placing plants near central heating. An open, humus-rich compost […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe

Changing lawn levels by adding topsoil

October 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

Question I have an existing lawn which is on a slight slope ie the garden is 30ft long and at one end is 200mm lower than say half way up the garden What I want to do is to try and level the garden My question is do I have to dig up the existing […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Tim Whitcombe