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Entries from July 2016

Hydrangea Bush Pruning In The Autumn And Spring.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Hydrangea bushes there are best pruned in the spring just as the buds start to break but if you need to prune them in the autumn or winter try to prune back to and active node or bud on the stem, this is the point were the leaves join the stem or did join the […]

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Golden Privet Roots Damaged By Trenching.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Privet plants and hedges often have the roots cut when trenches for cables, new gas pipes etc are being installed and most of the time the plants manage to recover. The key to the recovery is to help the plant in the spring and summer following the roots being cut by making sure the plant […]

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Grass Maintenance After Autumn Sowing.

July 1st, 2016 · 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 a light […]

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When To Loop Your ElderBerry.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

The Elderberry is a shrub that grows wild,it is not a commercial crop but is grown commonly in home gardens.Elders are pretty hardy plants and grow best in moist,fertile conditions as well as soil that is properly drained. When To Loop – During the first two seasons they should be encouraged to grow vigorously but […]

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Moss Lawns And Other Alternative Lawns.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Moss lawn yes it is possible to create a moss lawn,this is most commonly done in Japaneses style gardens. Moss lawns – To create a moss lawn you need to create ideal conditions that are opposite to that of a traditional grass lawn.You need to create a compacted soil to hold moisture.This can be done […]

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Plants For Color During Winter.

July 1st, 2016 · 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 varieties that […]

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Supporting Wind Blown Shrubs.

July 1st, 2016 · 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 be enough […]

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Winter Leaf Drop On A Blood Orange Tree.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Although Blood Orange Trees are evergreen,winter leaf drop on Orange is quite normal at this time of year because of the lower light levels in Northern Europe in the winter.However it could also be the plant moving nutrients from older leaves to newer leaves this can be down to the lack of food i.e nutrients […]

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Cutting Back Hebe Plants.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Hebes normally are not a plant that takes to being cut back into bare stems, it will often not shoot from bare stems.However one method we have tried with some success is to feed the hebe with a high nitrate feed before cutting back which has over an 8 week period encouraged new shoots to […]

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Using Horse Manure For Your Garden Soil.

July 1st, 2016 · 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 some cases, depending on your […]

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Sweet Peas From Seed.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Sweet peas from seed: Chit the seeds by nicking the seed coat with a knife or soak in water for 12hrs, this will speed germination. Sow in boxes or pans approx twice the size of the seed deep,in seed compost Sept or March, at temp of 16 degrees C(61 deg F). Pot on the seedlings […]

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Black Spot On Honeysuckle / Lonicera.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Honeysuckle or Lonicera are prone to fungal diseases such as black spot and mildew in the driest of years but during wet springs the fungal diseases they suffer can completely defoliate the plants.As with fungal diseases the cure is quite difficult,the best treatment is with good hygiene clear up and removing the infected leaves and […]

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Starting A New Garden But Weeds In The Way?

July 1st, 2016 · 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 garden. If […]

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How To Prune Hydrangeas.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Pruning Hydrangeas – most species do not require regular pruning other than the removal of last seasons flower heads. Resist the temptation to do this until after the risk of Spring frosts has passed. Remove any dead, damaged or weak wood as found. The exceptions are; Hydrangea arborescens and H. paniculata, cut back last seasons […]

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Seed Planting Depth Guide.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Seeds are a general rule are planted to a depth of one and and half times the height of the seed.If the seed is planted too deep it will in some cases grow but it will suffer as it will have to expend to much of its stored energy in the seed.Once the seed is […]

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

July 1st, 2016 · 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 organic matter,it will take a lot of the nutrients out as the bacteria try to break it down.This […]

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Frost Damage On Gunnera Plant Leaves.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Frost damage to the Gunnera leaf, Gunneras are often damaged by the late season frosts because they start to leaf up quite early in the season,if the whole leaf is damaged they are best removed however if only part of the leaf is damaged it is best left as the undamaged parts of the leaf […]

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Pruning Your Roses.

July 1st, 2016 · 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 dwarf roses,climbing varieties,as a rule, are […]

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Water Lilies.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Water lilies have leaves that are designed to sit on the surface of the water.As the level of the water changes,they move up and down by means of a telescopic system in the leaf stem.So if it rains and the level of the water goes up and they can extend the stems which repositions the […]

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Algae, Lichens, Liverworts And Moss Control On Paths.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Slippery paths and steps covered in algae-like growths,liverworts,lichens and moss are hazardous.Winter is traditionally the time when algal,moss and liverwort growth is most significant,but build-up can occur during any wet period or in shady, humid areas. On stone and timber features lichens and moss can be very attractive and give a mature look to the […]

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