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Entries from April 2008

Dividing a bamboo plant

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Question How can I divide my bamboo plant? Answer With regard to your question on dividing a bamboo plant, most bamboos can be divided as they form a dense root clump. The whole plant is best dug up in the early spring and divided into 3 equal parts using a spade to chop the root […]

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Problems with imported soil and recycled green waste

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Question We have started a new garden in a raised bed with new soil we had delivered. The soil seems to have sand and lots of wood chips. We planted seeds that have come up but the plants are yellow and I know it is not from over watering. The plants just sit there and […]

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Umbrella plant – Schefflera arboricola – scale insect

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Question I have a large (6ft tall) umbrella plant – Schefflera arboricola which I have had for more years than I can recall. It developed a lot of white deposits, a bit like cotton wool, which are about a quarter the size of a tomato pip – it is also dropping sticky stuff on to […]

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Plants cats hate – Cat Shoo Coleus Canina

April 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Question Is there a plant I can plant to stop cats entering my garden? Answer Cat Shoo or Coleus Canina is a firm but gentle deterrent. An attractive grey-green foliage plant with a scent which cats and dogs avoid, but not unpleasant to humans. Pale blue flowers in summer. Height 60cm. Best planted in ground […]

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Bottle brush plants

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Question We have two bottle brush plants which last year had red flowers. We have them in pots but during the winter period they have got wind blown. Can you please tell us how to deal with these plants and what we can do to improve them this year? When can they be pruned and […]

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Damping off with seedlings

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Question Every year I try lobelia from seed. I get good results at the propagation stage with Lobelia Crystal Palace seed. Either just before or just after I separate the seedlings EVERY year they wilt. I can only describe the seedlings become weak, collapse and then rot under a very light, hair-like mould around the […]

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Turf – new lawn from turf

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Question I wish to create a new lawn from turf. Please could you provide me with the main points to watch out for as regards the selection of the turf? Answer Using turf to create a lawn is the quickest way to achieve a 1st class lawn, but there are several points to watch for […]

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Pruning back a Magnolia

April 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Question Please could I have some advice on pruning back an over grown magnolia shrub? Answer Cutting back your magnolia tree: it would be best to wait until it has flowered which it should be doing now or very shortly. This will give it a full year to recover. Try to prune it so it’s […]

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Yellowing grass leaf blades within a lawns sward

April 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Question With regard to your question on your lawn and the yellowing of some of the blades/leaves of grass: Answer In the type of winter we have just had, it’s quite normal for the grass to get yellowing leaf blades and the grass plants prepare for new growth in the spring by removing the nutrients […]

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Bat tree damaged by frost

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Question With regards to your question on your bay tree damaged by frost over the winter months. Answer The damaged leaves will not recover and are best removed by hand. Once they have been removed feed them with a liquid plant food, for bay trees the best one is one high in phosphate such as […]

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Tulips after they have finished flowering

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Question What should I do with my tulips after they have finished flowering can I use them again next year. Answer Once your tulips have flowered the first year, they will never produce the same quality of flowers in the following year. However they can still provide a welcome splash of spring colour. Once they […]

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