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Entries from March 2011

Frost damage on Pyracantha

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Frost damage on Pyracantha – this will happen only in the hardest of winters or in a very exposed position. Normally resulting in leaf burn and leaf drop in the early spring. If the stems are still alive, you can tell this by lightly scratching a stem to see if its pith is still green […]

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Cat problems in the garden

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Unwanted visits to your garden by cats can be solved by planting 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 of about 10 […]

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Weed and moss control on lawns

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

To control weeds and moss on lawns you need to concentrate on the cultural elements of maintaining a lawn as well as possible chemical treatments. In creating a lawn area you are trying to create the elements and conditions that will suit the grass and not the weeds. This involves a number of key principles. […]

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Best compost for growing potatoes

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The best compost for growing potatoes in a container is John Innes number 2 or 3 ( the number relates to the strength of the compost 3 being the strongest in relation to the amount of feed contained within the compost ) Also you can use peat based compost you tend to get a better […]

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Growing bushier sweet peas

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Once they have 5 true leaves which means they will be about 6 to 8 inches high remove the top bud. This will activate the side shoots to grow. Then if you need a busher plant do the same with the side shoots as they grow to the same length Get the most most from […]

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Winter damage to botttle bush

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Over the last few years most bottle brush plants have got away without much damage. However in the UK this past winter has seen then suffer a considerable amount of damage. Bottle brush plants are not fully hardy in the UK and on the more frostly nights require to be covered by a horticultural fleece […]

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Plant for containers in exposed conditions

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the best plants we have come across for planting in containers in exposed conditions is skimmia Japonica. If you start them in the spring months feed them well with a liquid feed through the spring and early summer they will establish themselves and will take most of the conditions the weather can through […]

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Late spring for pruned shrubs

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Most shrubs in the are pruned hard back in the winter months with take longer than normal in the spring to show signs of the buds bursting into life, especially if you have cut them back into the bare stems and are waiting for the dormant buds to shoot. So do not be in to […]

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Controlling aphids organically

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Controlling aphids organically – To control aphids organically requires a combination of different methods. The first should be companion planting by sowing such seeds as Tagetes which produce a scent that discourages aphids from feeding on your plants. Secondly any major attack by aphids should be controlled by a treatment of horticultural soft soap which […]

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Bay tree winter damage

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Bay trees although fully hardy are often damaged by winter winds and frosts which burn the leaves. This can be avoided by placing a horticultural fleece over the bay plants on the coldest days and nights. If your plants have been damaged they should recover in the spring and to aid the recover you should […]

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Nectarine tree loosing fruit

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

nectarine tree land other type of fruit trees loosing fruit is often due to a lack or potash and/or Magnesium in the soil. A good general feed of a plant food such as growmore fertilizer at the start of the season plus a liquid tomato feed with the addition of a tea spoon of epsom […]

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Pruning evergreen cistus

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Pruning cistus plant is difficult because they do not response to being pruned back at all. They will not normally produce many new shoots from from bare or older stems. If you are intending to prune a cistus its best to feed it with a high nitrogen plant food the season before to encourage a […]

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Growing bottle brush(Callistemon) plants

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Bottle brush plants or Callistemon in the UK and Europe plants that have been introduced from a warmer climate mainly Australia. They are not fully hardy and so need to be planted in a sheltered spot thats not to exposed to cold winds and frosts in the winter. One good position would be near to […]

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Ants on lawn problem

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Nemasys No Ants – environmentally friendly and safe for children, pets, wildlife and bees Use Nemasys No Ants to deal with an ant infestation, without any of the precautions associated with chemical use. Apply when ant activity is visible on top of the lawn, this is typically April through to September. Apply to moist lawns […]

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Removal of tree stumps

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments

The removal of tree stumps there are three methods we use to remove tree stumps. The first being to employee a contractor with a stump grinder to remove the stumps. You can hire the stump grinder and do it yourself however by the time you have paid the hire company for the hire of the […]

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Re-planting fruit trees

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments

If you have a project to remove and re-plant some fruit trees in your garden. You should be Ok as the soil will not normally carry any build up of pests and disease that will effect the new plants. Remove as much of the old root system as you can and dig in plenty of […]

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Indoor Cyclamen care after flowering

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Cyclamen care after flowering – Once your in indoor Cyclamen has finished flowering the flowers and the stems will start to wilt. Its best to cut them off at the base of the flower stalk near to the Cyclamens corm. When all the flowers have died then start to reduce the amount of water you […]

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Weed control with Round up weed killer

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Round up weed killer contains a chemical called Glyphosate which is a systemic weed killer that enters the plant through the green areas i.e leaves and stems and travels within the plant. Glyphosate works by removing the chemical growth control clock within the plant so effectively the plant or weed outgrows itself. This is why […]

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Watering new lawn from turf

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Establishing a new lawn once you have laid a new lawn the next part of the process of creating a new lawn is to help it establish.. The Key to this is moisture content in the Soil. Depending on the time of year the lawn has been laid or seeded the new lawn will needed […]

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Non fruiting grape vine

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

There are a couple of main reasons why grapes fail to fruit. The first is a lack of fruiting spurs were the fruits are produced from. This is normally due to a plant being to young or being pruned back to hard during the winter or dormant months. Ideally the plant should be allowed to […]

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