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Entries from September 2011

Using Sawdust As A Source Of Organic Matter For Soil Or As Mulch

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Saw dust would not be a good choice, especially for a mulch, as it will blow away in the summer and get too wet in the winter by holding the water. In the soil as a source of ogranic matter, it will take a lot of the nutrients out as the bacteria try to break […]

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Pruning Lavender Plants

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

The lavender plant (L. angustifolia) should be pruned every year to keep them compact. On established plants, remove flower stalks and about 2.5cm of the current year’s growth, being careful not to cut them back into the woody stems. Also make sure that some green growth remains. Pruning is undertaken in late Summer after flowering, […]

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Lawn Recovery After A Hot And Dry Summer

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Most lawns will recover after a hot summer with little or no water, but there are several tasks you can carry out that will help them to recover much faster in the autumn. The main problem is that when the rain starts again the ground is normally hard and the water will not soak in […]

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The Best Time For Gardeners To Use A Lawn Weed Killer

September 23rd, 2011 · 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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Transferring Hydrangea To A Pot

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

When moving Hydrangeas to a pot they are many things you need to consider. Hare at GardenAdvice here are a few tips we recommend for persons attempting to move their Hydrangeas. Firstly, because you are restricting the plant to a pot, one should use a fairly rich free-draining compost, something like JI No.2 with the […]

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Care For Your Grapes

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

A grape vine usually takes a couple of years to establish. At this stage it will not produce much fruit it normally takes about 3 to 4 seasons to get going fully. To get started, you need to feed the canes with a high potash feed ideally a liquid feed thats used for feeding Tomato […]

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Tips On Feeding Garden Plants With Wood Ash

September 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Wood ashes contain potassium, some phosphorous and magnesium. They also contain calcium which makes the soil more alkaline so do not put on any of your lime hating plants like Rhododendron, Azaleas or Conifers as they do not like wood ash on them either. They are particularly beneficial around deciduous trees, including fruit trees, vegetables, […]

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Ants In The Garden – Tips On Control

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Ants can cause concern but they are a nuisance rather than destructive pests. They feed mainly on insects, including other ants. They also look for the sweet liquid known as honeydew, which is excreted by aphids and some other sap-feeding insects. Ants can protect aphids from attack by ladybirds and other predators in order to […]

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Creating Garden Borders

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

When creating a Shrub Border in an existing lawn, there are a few steps that one would have to follow. Here at GardenAdvice, our experts recommend to gardeners performing this exercise, to take the following steps in order to make this task as simple and straightforward as possible. Firstly mark out the area with a […]

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The Money Plant And Winter

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Winter time is known to be a challenging time for plants, due to the change of climate and differing temperatures. However there are some plants that enjoy cool conditions. For the Money Plant though the minimum winter temperature needs to be around 50 deg F. The plant actually originated in the Solomon Islands and is […]

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Growing Begonias

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Begonias make excellent and rewarding house plants. They need warm, humid and well-lit conditions but not direct sunlight. Generally, Begonias grown indoors will require some shading during summer. In winter a minimum night temperature of 12deg c (54 deg f) will suit many species, but avoid placing plants near central heating. An open, humus-rich compost […]

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Controlling The Meal Bug

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Here at GardenAdvice, we offer advice to gardeners on many pest that can be found in the garden, one of which is the Mealy Bug. For control of this pest our experts recommend a few tips on how this issue can be rectified. Spraying with a systemic insecticide is considered to be the best method. […]

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Vegetable Gardening In Fall

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

The Organic Garden Catalogue offers two late sowing seed collections, one vegetable, and on the other salad which are quite intresting and can provide vital information for organic vegetable gardeners. In October you can still sow winter lettuce, spinach and broad bean aquadulce amongst others. For any land that you are not putting a food […]

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Plants For Color During Winter

September 21st, 2011 · No Comments

During the Winter season can be a challenging time for plants. Gardeners can have a tough job maintaining the color and blooms of the Spring and Summer. However there are still plants that gardeners can use that can be seen as reliable for providing winter colour in the garden. Here are a few tips on […]

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Are Toadstools And Fungus On Your Lawn?

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments

When you find toadstools in a lawn, there are generally two reasons why. Firstly, your turf has too much thatch. This is the dead matter that builds up at the base of the grass plants and forms a mat which often makes the lawn spongy to walk on. In this case you need to remove […]

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Grass Maintenance After Autumn Sowing

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments

After the seed has germinated and your grass has grown to 5 cm long, the first thing one should do is to first, walk over the new lawn area and stone pick any large stones over 25mm that have been washed to the surface. Secondly, choose a dry day and roll the new lawn with […]

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Supporting Wind Blown Shrubs

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments

You may have shrubs in your garden growing beautifully then suddenly they suffer wind damage. In some cases shrubs can be pruned to reduce susceptibility to wind damage. However those shrubs that have already suffered damage will need help to thrive and grow straight again. For single stemmed shrubs a standard 2″x2″ tree stake should […]

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Starting A New Garden But Weeds In The Way?

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Starting a new garden can be a bit challenging, especially when the site you have chosen for your garden is over run with weeds. Here at GardenAdvice, our team recommends spraying the area with ‘Round Up’ Weed Killer. This will kill the weeds and then you can have a weed free start for your new […]

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Using Horse Manure For Your Garden Soil

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

With regard to using Horse manure in the garden, it is best used when it is well rotted after it is about 12 months old. This is because fresh manure can burn the plant’s roots. It is dug into the soil or used as a mulch, both methods add organic matter to the soil. In […]

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Pruning Your Roses

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Although it is true that it seems to puzzle many rose growers for some time now, the need to prune their roses, this process presents no difficulty. As a rule, where they err, is not in pruning the plants insufficiently, but in pruning them too much. While systematic and regular pruning is good for the […]

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