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Entries from January 2011

Bougainvillea winter leaf loss

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Bougainvillea they are in most cases semi evergreen plants and when the light levels drop around the end of the year. The plant tends to loss some of its leaves in the natural process of it yearly cycle. Plants can also do this to recycle nutrients from old leaves into new growth so its also […]

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Fungal diseases on roses and lavender

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Fungal diseases on Lavendar and roses – as a summer control for the fungal disease I would recommend using Bordeaux Fungicide more details can be found at the following address http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/advisor/gardening-tips/bordeaux-fungicide/ As for the black spot try spraying with a tar wash whilst the plants are dormant, clear up all the dead leaves from last […]

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Taking Chrysanthemum cuttings

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

If you have last seasons plants potted or in pots cut them down to about 175mm. Next stand them on a window sill or in a heated glasshouse. After about two weeks they should start to shoot from the dormant buds at the base of each stem. When the shoots are about 75 mm long […]

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Choisya ternata or mexican orange bush

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Choisya ternata or mexican orange bush this needs to be cut back every year after its flowered to maintain its shape and to control its size. As the flowers mainly are produced on the end of new growth this provides the plant with a full years growth in which to produce the buds for next […]

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Jasmine and and honeysuckle care

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Both winter/summer and most types of honey suckle benefit from being cut back hard every three years to stop the build up of a woody stems mass and dead wood. You will find that even if these plants are cut back to 1 metre and feed with a general fertilizer in the spring they will […]

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Window box advice

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

On a wider window ledge found in most older houses it ideally for growing some small herbs and salad crops such as rocket, thyme, chives ect. Its best to fix the container or window box to the window ledge with screws or grip fix glue available from a builders merchant. Once installed you are best […]

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Watering system for a small garden

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

In a small garden a watering system especially with pots can be essential. With no outside tap one method is to create a pergola over an existing path and on top of this pergola place a small system water tank to hold water collected from a down pipe or filled manually once a month by […]

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Pruning Hydrangea petiolaris on garden wall

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Hydrangea petiolaris is one of the hydrangeas that will tolerate quite hard pruning unlike some of the shrub hydrangeas that must be pruned with a little more care. It can be cut hard back every two years to control its spread. Ideally this should be carried out in the autumn following the summer flowering but […]

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London soil problem solved by adding more organic matter

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Much of the soil in central London started as a clay loam and then over a number of years especially in the Victorian period the ash from old house fires was added to the soil changing the structure to a more open type of soil. So its a good idea to add spent mushroom compost […]

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Ivy On House Walls

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

With regards to the ivy on house and garden walls it will need to be cut hard back every two years to keep it under control. The problem with ivy on old walls which have been constructed with lime mortar is that after a few years it completely excludes and moisture from rain water reaching […]

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Ivy problem on trees

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The ivy on your trees should be pruned every spring and autumn to keep is under control and to stop it from smothering the trees and killing them. Normally we would recommend removing the ivy altogether by cutting the stems at the base of the tree and then after 4 months once the ivy is […]

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Dead black stemmed bamboo

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The dead stems in the black stemed bamboo is caused by a lack of water during the summer or as a natural event. Many species of bamboo tend to die back every 4 to 10 years and then new stems grow from the base. I recommend cutting back the dead stems and allowing the new […]

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Slippery decking problems

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Slippery decking – the solution is to water the decking with jeyes fluid by using a 2 gallon watering can with 8 cap fulls of jeyes fluid. This will help to kill the existing lichens and moss that are causing the decking to be slippery in wet and moist weather conditions. Then after 4 to […]

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Problems with garden vegetables – Leeks

January 28th, 2011 · No Comments

If you leeks have failed to mature this winter leave them and see if they beef up over the next 8 weeks If they show no signs I would start again. Sometimes they have problems caused when they are being transplanted the roots get damaged, this is why they are best transplanted by creating a […]

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Wall plants for North facing wall

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Two of the most dependable plants to grow against a north facing wall are Pyracantha Orange glow and Hydrangea petiolaris the Pyracantha is quick growing and evergreen, has white flowers in the spring followed in the autumn by orange berries in clusters, and are a popular berry with the local garden birds especially Blackbirds and […]

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Dead Patches on lawn – Fusarium Patch Disease

January 20th, 2011 · No Comments

After the slightly more pre longed period of snow this winter in the Uk. Lots of people are finding that there lawns have been effected by Fusarium Patch Disease which shows itself as patches of grass that die back or turn yellow and then die back it Caused by F. nivale can be quite serious […]

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Plants for a small sheltered garden

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments

A list of plants to provide colour and interest most of the year in a small sheltered garden. Cytisus battandieri Pieris ‘Forest Flame will need to be grown in a pot with acid compost Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb Hardy Fuchsias Get some ideas for your garden with our MyGardenTeam service. ts a […]

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Companion planting

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments

A natural pest control for the organic gardener is to use companion plants. In simple terms this means adding other plants to you vegetable plot to either mask the smell of the vegetable or fruit plants or the companion plants release natural scents and chemicals that help prevent pest attacks Companion Planting This involves planting […]

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Problems with moles in the garden

January 5th, 2011 · No Comments

If you have ever had problems with moles you will be aware just how hard it is to control them. Arriving from almost thin air you wake up one morning to mole hills. It only takes a couple of days to turn your perfect lawn into a scene from the “battle of the Sohm”. The […]

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Problems with moles in the garden

January 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Moles If you have ever had problems with moles you will be aware just how hard it is to control them. Arriving from almost thin air you wake up one morning to mole hills. It only takes a couple of days to turn your perfect lawn into a scene from the “battle of the Sohm”. […]

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