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Entries from May 2008

Pruning flowering cherry

May 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question The flowering cherry tree in my garden has grown too big; it is over 20ft tall and needs cutting back by at least one third. When is the best time of year to have this done and how soon would new growth occur?. Answer With regard to your question on your cherry tree, the […]

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Establishing Quercus

May 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question We have a 12ft Quercus Suber feathered 20/25cm girth which we bought at that height a year ago. We have a south facing garden. It does not appear to have grown at all since then and now in the last month, the leaves are going yellow with black spots on them and the tree […]

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Deschampsia Zephyr

May 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question How do I grow Deschampsia Zephyr? Answer It is a fairly straight forward plant to grow. The key things to remember are firstly not to over-feed it. Light feeding with a light nitrogen feed low in phosphorous is ideal. It needs a sand and/or free draining soil. Do not plant too deeply then planting […]

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Bordeaux Fungicide

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Question Can you tell me the Mixture and ingredients for Bordeaux Fungicide. Answer Bordeaux Fungicide is an old and reliable fungicide that effectively controls various fungus diseases of flowers, ornamentals, trees and fruit. The standard solution that meets recommendations consists of 8 lbs. of copper sulphate and 8 lbs. of hydrated lime thoroughly dissolved in […]

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Browning in conifers – Hedges: leylandii and others

May 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Question We have a stand of leylandii castlewelland about 7ft. high x 12 ft. long which has been in our front garden for at least 15 years. Quite recently we have noticed a “browning” emanating from the centre – wider at the top than the bottom – and we would appreciate any advice on what […]

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