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Entries from June 2016

Propagating Your Geraniums.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Geraniums are one of the most reliable plants in the home garden.They can be obtained in flower in late Spring and will add color to the garden until frost.They would be best planted in May for the most productive plants and should also be planted where they will receive sunlight for the optimal flower production. […]

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Ivy Growing In Hedges And Other Plants.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Ivy growing in hedges and other plants can quickly become a problem as it smothers other plants very quickly.It best to be removed by hand as much as possible and then the remaining shoots treated with round up weed killer.We normally do this by mixing the weedkiller with wall paper paste neat to make it […]

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Designing A Garden For Dogs.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Designing a garden with dogs mind can be a bit of a conflict However we have designed several gardens for this purpose using large rocks and cobbles,plus plants such as Phormium tenax and Phormium cookianum, planting them at an established size.The hardest element has always been a lawn so often we have ended up using […]

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Basic Rhododendron Care.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Rhododendrons they need to be top dressed with peat around the base as the roots grow on top of each other year after year.Then they need feeding with a acid loving plant food which you will find from your local garden centre. Watering is important during the mid and late summer as the plants start […]

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Improving A Heavy Clay Soil.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

For gardeners seeking to improve a clay soil,you need to add lime and organic matter.This should ideally be in the form of spent mushroom compost,which contains chalk.The lime or chalk helps to breakdown the clay soil and the organic matter is incorporated into the soil by lob worms and this helps the drainage. If you […]

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Tulips Bulb Care.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Tulips – As the tulips fade and die,the key to next years flowering is to allow them to do this undisturbed.As the foliage dies,all the energy is taken from the leaves in to the bulb to create next years flowers.Once the foliage has died away the bulbs can be left in place or lifted and […]

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Plant For Tub In Exposed Position.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

One of the best plants for a tub or container in an exposed condition is skimmia japonica which with its waxy leaves and strong stems is idea for difficult conditions including windy spots,shady areas,and also areas of high salt content such as coastal or near to major roads. One Day Gardening Course in your own […]

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How To Grow The Best Peppers.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

This year we have had a large demand for advice on growing peppers in an English climate.Although it may come simple to some for others the process can be a bit challenging.Here at GardenAdvice we provide expert tips on how one could get the best peppers. If growing peppers on a large scale, one should […]

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Peach Tree Not Coming Into Leaf.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Often the reason for a plant not coming into leaf in the spring as early as it would normally,or at the same time as plants of the same species is that it has suffered some sort of shock.For example if it was potted up or re-planted as a bare root plant during the winter or […]

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Composting Laurel Leaves.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Composting Laurel leaves is not an easy task as they contain a small amount of arsenic and they are a very tough leaves.The arsenic in the leaves hinders the bacteria etc in the compost heap from breaking down the leaves.The arsenic content is not normally a problem but the compost produced from laurel leaves is […]

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Mind Your Marrow.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Listen up Gardeners Growing Marrow – One may find that Marrow is a pretty easy vegetable to grow and with care you can have a very large crop in a relatively short time.Commonly planted on heaps of decayed manure,garden refuse or turf,marrow tends to thrive best when in exposed sunlight and air. One can encounter […]

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Garden Wonders – Wisteria Alba.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Wisteria World – This vigorous growing shrub known for its climbing characteristics is graced with a magnificent blossoming of flowers during spring whilst in summer is enriched with an abundance of green leaves.This shrub is gifted to withstand the toughest winters and is also known to be resistant to most pest and diseases. Propagation Of […]

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Keep Your BottleBrush Booming.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

BottleBrush As Garden Plants – These woody shrubs make excellent garden plants and range from 0.5 to 4 meters tall.Many species thrive in damp conditions but tolerate dry spells and limited attention.When grown in full sun they produce the best flowers and grow well in a variety of soils with the exception of soils that […]

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Plants, Shade and Conifers.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Shade In Your Garden – Almost every gardener longs for a lush,vibrant garden where their plants are healthy,protected and most of all grow to the best of their abilities.Also in the garden, gardeners try to find the perfect area to place plants for a variety of reasons.One of which is Shade.Shade to plants is like […]

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Best Compost For Growing Potatoes.

June 28th, 2016 · 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 flavor when you […]

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Chafer Grub Control.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer. Chafer grub killer is the recommended application to most lawns during August and early October.This is when the young grub larvae are active and the temperature is above 12ºC (54ºF). Use Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer to deal with a chafer grub infestation, without any of the precautions associated with chemical use, […]

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Leather Jacket Control On Lawns.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

With the leather jackets the best control is Nemasys Leather Jacket Killer (Crane Fly or Daddy Long Legs are the adult leather jackets) Recommended application would be late August to October.Use Nemasys Leather jacket killer to kill the larvae 2 weeks after you have seen the first adult daddy-long-legs emerging. One Day Gardening Course in […]

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Plants And Damp Peaty Soil.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Most flowering plants that need peaty or acid soil are not too keen on damp conditions and one would therefore have to drain the soil.This can be done by installing a drainage system into the soil or by mounding the soil up at least 150mm to create raised beds that will be slightly drained and […]

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Slippy Decking.

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Often softwood decking can become slippy due to a of a build up a layer of algae and litchens which become slippy in wet conditions.These are in effect small micro plants feeding on the build up of humids and nutrients on the decking over a period of time.The best course of action is to apply […]

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Nectarine Tree Loosing Fruit.

June 28th, 2016 · 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 salts […]

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