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Top 10 Decking Tips.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

1.Ideally decking boards should always be laid in single runs i.e no joints in the middle of the decking area as this can and often will cause problems later in the life of the decking.The wood often twists at the end of each plank causing trip points. 2.Build you decking on Brick or concrete block […]

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Splitting Potatoes.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Another of many problems that occur when growing fruit or vegetables is splitting.When growing potatoes this problem can originate in most cases due to the lack of water followed by heavy rain.The same problem can be seen with many fruits such as apples.The solution is to dig into the soil a lot of organic matter […]

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The Care Of Clematis Montana.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Known to be a vigorous climber and to get rather woody after a bit are some of the Clematis Montana’s main disadvantages as it can also look unslightly in the winter.So we at GardenAdvice recommend cutting them back hard every 4 years to allow them to regenerate themselves with new stems from dormant shoots at […]

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Care Of Clematis Montana.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Clematis montana is one of the most spectacular climbing plants in the garden with its flush of pink flowers in late spring and early autumn.However in the winter once it has lost its leaves it can become unsightly with large amounts of dead wood and tangled branches.The best way to keep it looking in good […]

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Camellia Buds Dropping Of Before Flowering.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Camellia buds normally drop of before flowering because the plant is in a position were it receives the early morning sun.At the time of flowering this means the plant warms up to quickly after a frost.They need to be in a position were they receive the sun later in the day so they thaw out […]

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Fruits Trees and Fungus.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Disease in Plants and Trees – Fungal infections are the most likely to cause disease in plants,although disease on your plants and trees can also be caused by a variety of micro- organisms known as ‘pathogens’.Numbers of micro organisms however can be beneficial to plants as they can foster symbiotic relationships improving their fertility and […]

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Rhododendron Care.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

The key to rhododendron care is firstly to understand that the compost or soil they are grown in ideally must be an organic slightly acid soil/compost. This is best achieved with composted leaf mould from beech leaves but if this is not available a specialist compost for acid loving plants can be purchased from a […]

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The Truth About Tomatoes.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Tomato Time – Do your tomatoes grow Early or Late?Not to worry this is natural in tomatoes which come in two growth types,type one is called determinate.Determinates have vines that grow to a ‘determined’point and stop, making them compact and bushy.They grow to about 4 ft high and put out flowers and fruit all at […]

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Tree Planting On Compacted Soil.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Soil preparation is one of the most important elements where tree planting is concerned.This is because the tree can be in the same spot for a number of years.Firstly dig a large pit and break up the base with a fork or in extreme cases using a long handled pick. Remove any larger stones over […]

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Pruning Evergreen Cistus.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Pruning cistus plant is difficult because they do not respond 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 number of […]

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Woolly Aphids On Your Garden Plants.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

To control woolly aphid on your garden plants you can use a systemic insecticide such as Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Concentrate systemic insecticide to work fully this will require several treatments.Or you could try placing bird feeders into or near the infected plants to encourage blue tits or garden finches who should also feed on […]

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Controlling Aphids Organically.

June 28th, 2016 · 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 is organic […]

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Be Rid Of Ivy.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Sight For Sore Eyes – Lots of gardeners if not every gardener encounters problems in their garden one way or another.Ivy can certainly be identified as one of these garden menaces and can give your garden an unsightly look. However a few simple steps can be used to remove ivy and restore order in your […]

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Bottle Brush Cuttings.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

To take bottle brush cuttings take the new shoots produced this year and cut the stem so a small section of last years grow is included on the base of the cutting.This will be harder wood and will stop rotting whilst the cutting roots.If the cutting is longer than 100mm reduce by removing the top […]

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Lawn Tips.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Mowing A Newly Laid Turf – Just started your own lawn and not sure when you should start cutting it?Most people when now starting a new lawn allow their grass to become too long before they start cutting.Here at GardenAdvice we recommend that gardeners or homeowners creating their own lawns,commence with the procees of mowing […]

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Making More Out Of Your Wisteria.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Maintain and Mutilply – With regards to the Wisteria pods on Wisteria plants in your garden,its certainly a good idea to remove them by hand by simply breaking them off at the base.If done with care this should not effect next years flowers. Feeding the plant with a feed or garden fertilizer with a high […]

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Feeding Your Garden Bulbs.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

As the spring bulbs loss there flowers,they start to create energy to store in the bulb or corm for the production on next years flowers so now is a good time to provide them with a liquid plant food high in potash such as liquid tomato feed,this will ensure you have a good display of […]

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Bracket Fungus On Old Pear Tree.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Bracket fungus only attacks dead wood from old trees,so you should be OK planting new trees near to the old tree.However I would remove all the bracket fungus and any old roots you might find in the ground when you are replanting. Interested in learning more about Gardening and how to become a better Gardener? […]

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Over Grown Lawn.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

To restore an over grown lawn you are best to cut it back slowly a stage at a time never reducing the over all height by more than a third of the total length of the grass blades at any one time.On a very long lawn this might involve cutting the lawn with a strimmer […]

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Box Plants Turning Red.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

The main reasons box plants turn red especially in the spring is due to a lack of nutrients,mainly Iron and potash.The best way to cure this is with a liquid feed of tomato feed which contains these nutrients 4 times through April and May as the weather warms up.

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