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Entries Tagged as 'Tim Whitcombe'

Solving brown patches on conifer hedges

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

With Brown patches on conifers the brown patches will not grow back unless is a yew which is a form of conifer. The only solution is to prune the brown areas out and plant other plants in front of the brown area to mask the bare areas. Suitable plants include Bamboos and Lonicera Piliata which […]

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Feeding a Argentina Butia

February 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

February is a good time to start in the UK we would suggest a handful of Growmore fertilizer spread around the base of the plant about a metre square in area and then if its dry water it in. Then in later April start feeding with a liquid tomato feed this contains hight levels of […]

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Pruning Gooseberry, Blackcurrant and Blueberry bushes

October 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Gooseberry – In early spring of the first year after planting, select five main stems and prune them back to 15-20cm (6-8in), removing all other stems from the base. Then repeat every 2 years This will keep new stems with lots of fruiting buds coming through Blackcurrant – New canes grow one season and fruit […]

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keep you home grown grapes fresh for xmas

October 24th, 2013 · No Comments

If you have managed to grow some grapes this year as a lot of the GardenAdvice MyGardenTeam members have done its got to the stage now where you have to cut the last bunches before the frosts start. By cutting them with part of the stem attached its possible to place the stem in a […]

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Slugs climbing walls not an uncommon problem

September 10th, 2013 · No Comments

we have a number of requests for advice each year about slugs climbing walls. We have found one of the best methods is to place a copper band 50 mm up from the bottom of the wall to form a barrier this is effective at stopping all but the largest slug and the largest slugs […]

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Moving an established wisteria

August 8th, 2013 · No Comments

If you are re-developing your garden or having some building work carried out then you might not have any choose but to move an established wisteria. Its one of the hardest established plants to move mainly because it has roots that grow very deep and produces very little fibrous or feeding roots which uptake water […]

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Setting up a lawn spreader for an application rate

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Many people email the GardenAdvice.co.uk team asking for assistance setting up a lawn spreader with regards to application rates. Firstly you need to look on the side of the box or bag of fertilizer you have and see if it recommends and application rate per square metre or yard. Next using a garage floor or […]

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Storing Bulbs and re-using spring garden bulbs

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

As the main flower season for bulbs comes to a close its a good idea to take a few simple steps to ensure that you get the best flowering next season. As the bulbs start to die back they make the flower inside the bulb for new year so its a good idea to feed […]

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Reducing privet and yew hedges

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Both Privet or yew Hedge can be reduced quite drastically and if care for following the reduction they will recover from dormant buds in the stems. The reduction in the height is achieved by cutting back the hedges to the height required and then cutting back by a further 150 mm this is to allow […]

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Removing moss on your stone walls and paths

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

The best solution we have found is to use jeyes fluid diluted one cap full per litre of water either sprayed on or from a watering can with a fine rose. Aslo we have in the passed used iron sulphate and powdered sulphur applied directly to the most to renove it. Both treatments take about […]

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Best way to water your plug plants

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

If you have recently purchased some plug plants one problem you might have come across it that they can be hard to water especially this the plugs become dry or they are a plant such as Begonia rex where ideally you do not want to get the leaves wet when watering. One method we use […]

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Starting early potatoes in this cold weather

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Starting early potatoes in cold weather or a cold start to the season, after placing the potatoes in egg boxes so they stand up and keeping them in a dark frost free area for a few days until they start to chit. They can be planted out into containers or into the soil. If the […]

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Grape Vines that produces grapes that split

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

With the changeable weather conditions many fruiting plants such as grapes can split as the availability of water varies dramatically. If you grapes are growing in soil and the soil is dry after heavy rain the plant can take up too much water splitting the grapes. The best method to combat this is to add […]

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The key to growing indoor lemon trees

April 1st, 2013 · No Comments

The two critical items with lemon trees are the soil or compost pH level and the feeding. The soil compost needs to be slightly acid so you need to carry out a soil / compost pH and nutrient test to make sure that the pH level is correct it needs to be around pH 6.00 […]

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Best time to dead head a hydranger

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

As the harder frosts pass in mid March its a good time to dead head your hydrangea. Most species of hydrangea do not require or are not to keen on hard pruning but removing the old flower heads will help the plant to produce flowers for the coming season. Just cut off the old flowering […]

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A quick guide on plant food NPK

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

If you read the side of a plant food pack you will see it has an index such as 7:7:7 or maybe 10:3:5 this relates to the NPK elements of the feed N – stands for nitrogen. You probably knew that one. This nutrient is the leaf and stem developer and adding nitrogen will get […]

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How to deal with carrot root fly

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Carrot root fly If you grow carrots you will at some stage have problems with carrot root fly. The flies home in on the smell of the carrots and lay their eggs in the young carrots. To prevent this, sow as thinly as possible by mixing the seed with silver sand before sowing in the […]

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How to add height to existing 6’ft wood fence

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

If you need to add additional height to a wooden panel fence one way to do this is to add a panel of trellis on top of the existing fence by adding addition posts each side or extending the main posts to secure the new trellis panel to. Once installed a couple of good plants […]

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Environmentally friendly slug control

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Environmentally friendly slug control. Its best to have a staged attack for different sizes of slugs. Firstly with the large slugs the best and fastest control its to start feeding your garden birds to attract them into the area so they eat the slugs,you will find blackbirds and other garden birds make short work of […]

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Wisteria flowers forming but not opening

February 26th, 2013 · No Comments

If your Wisteria plant is forming flower buds but they are not opening it most likely to be a nutrient problem i.e a lack of magnesium so try feeding your wisteria in early spring with some liquid tomato feed and also some epson salts 4 teaspoons to a gallon of water. Both these items contain […]

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