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Entries from July 2010

How to wet dry compost

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

How to water a dry compost Sometimes when a compost becomes very dry it’s hard to wet again the solution is to stand the planted containers in bowles of water so the compost sucks the water up from the base. This should happen over about 4 hours. In edition to this you can water with […]

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Moss problems on garden borders

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Often moss growing on top of a garden border tends to suggest the soil is to acid and lacks humids and organic matter. The best course of action is to test the soil pH and if the border has acid soil to top dress with spent mushroom compost which supplies both organic mater and lime […]

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Composting plants with mildrew

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Composting plants with mildrew it’s better not to place them on the compost heap as it might spread to other plants in the garden when you use the compost better to burn the clippings or remove it from you garden and take it to the tip

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Watering plants in hot weather

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Be careful when watering plants in hot weather as you can do more harm than good. It’s better to water layering in the day as the sun is going down. This is because if you water when the sun is at it’s hotest the water droplets can magnify the suns rays and burn the leaves. […]

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Summer pruning of apple trees

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

During July and the start of August it’s a good idea to lightly prune back your apple trees cutting back the spring growth by about 60 percent or 4 leaf nodes created in the current season. This growth is seen as long stems normally at the length of between 100 to 200 mm long. Cutting […]

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Growing a standard wisteria

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

To grow a standard wisteria Take a large pot fill with a loam based compost and plant a wisteria idealy with a single stem. Keep training the main stem up the cane until it’s the height you want cutting the side shoot of below this point. Then take three canes place them around the side […]

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Green water problem ponds and water featured

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Green water – July and August are the time of year when ponds and fountains can be effected by green water were the water turns into something along the lines of a pea soap. This is due to increased light levels at this time of year because of longer days. This combined with a higher […]

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Slippy steps and flag stones in wet weather

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

After a time natural stone steps and paving such as flag stones tend to build up a layer of algae and litchens which become slippy in wet conditions. These are in effect small micro plants feeding on the build up of humids and nutrients on the natural stone over a period of time. The best […]

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Growing roses in container

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Growing roses in containers is not an easy gardeing project. Although they will grow in most composts the quality of the flowers can be different. The best potting compost for roses in containers is a soil or loam based compost such as John Innes number 2 or 3 compost with 25 percent added clay loam. […]

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When to prune a bottle brush plant

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Pruning a bottle brush plant. They are best pruned after they have flowered which should be now late summer They do not like to be pruned back to much so if you limit yourself to pruning no more than a third of each stem you will not go far wrong.

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Grass seed failing to germinate in hot weather

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Grass seed often in hot weather grass seed will not germinate, the seed has a kind of built in chemical temperature gage. When the weather cools down a bit you should see it start to germinate normally in the spring and the autumn grass seed will germinate within 21 days. However it can in certain […]

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Growing wisteria in a pot

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

It is possible to grow a wisteria in a large pot, the larger the better. The same conditions apply for planting in a pot as for in open ground. Ideally the pot needs to be sited in a shady or sheltered area so the roots are kept cool and the wisterias head is in the […]

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Fast growing climber for a pergola

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Fast growing climber for a pergola is clematis armandii it’s evergreen fast growing and has a great show of flowers in the late spring. It’s a plant that’s happy in heavy soil and as it requires quite a lot of water in the spring because of it’s speed of growth

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Black spot on container roses

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Black spot on container roses the best course of treatment is to remove the infected leaves plus any fallen leaves around the base. You can spray with a fungicide available from a garden centre. Then in the winter prune the rose back remove all the leaves including the fallen ones and spay the plant with […]

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Tree fern problems after the hard winter

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Tree ferns – loads of them have been effected by the winter this year. If you have a feel around at the top and see if you can feel the buds which should be firm and green if they do not exist or or brownish or soft then it’s likely the fern has been killed […]

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Lilly beetles

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Lilly beetles we deal with ours by treating the plants with derris dust which is an organic insecticide plus we place yellow buckets of water near the plants and the beetle for reasons that are unclear to usthe lilly beetlesjump into the buckets it only seems to work with yellow buckets.

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clover in Lawn

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Clover in your lawn you need to treat it with a weed killer called verdone which is the strongest chemical available for this purpose. The clover has a waxy leaf so will need treating several times through the summer months.Ideally you should cut the lawn leave for 4 days and then apply This is because […]

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Snail problem

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Every one is always complaining about slugs but in some cases especially in chalk soil area its not slugs that are the problem but snails. Often the advice we provide for such a snail problem is more on the prevention and cultural methods of control.  Snails are a stable food of many larger birds such […]

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Best time to use a lawn weedkiller

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

The best time to use lawn weedkiller is in May, when plants are growing at their fastest rate, particularly if you are using Verdone or a dry phosphate. All plants have a chemical growth clock which will stop them from outgrowing themselves. Verdone, for example, contains 2-4-D, which alters the growth clock so that the […]

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