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  • 22 May 2016 - Jamessexton1
    When is the best time to cut back? How best should I cut the shrubs back? Should I remove some of the... (More)
    In general, lightly prune back after flowering. Most shrubs will tolerate being cut back harder if necessary,... (More)
     
  • 19 May 2016 - nrbf
    Looking for recommendation for dwarf tree/shrub (6-8 foot) for flower-bed beside a wall in small surburban... (More)
    Viburnum tinus is evergreen with white flowers in winter, or Pittosporum 'TomThumb', a small rounded... (More)
     
  • 18 May 2016 - lily136
    I mistook the lily leaves and stems for ivy and chopped them down completely... what should I do to try... (More)
    Leave them to recover. They will grow some new leaves though not flowers. They should come back to flower... (More)
     
  • 17 May 2016 - Ita Magnolia
    I have a variegated holly with black kind of scum on the leaves. The holly is 4 foot tall doing well... (More)
    This sounds like sooty mould that grows on the exudate of greenflies. Apparently greenflies cannot digest... (More)
     
  • 17 May 2016 - Ita Magnolia
    I have 2 roses in a half barrel facing south. One is Dorothy Perkins and covered in mildew. It is growing... (More)
    Roses do not grow well in a tub and are prone to disease, spraying cannot counteract this fully.Best... (More)
     
  • 16 May 2016 - DonFoley
    I'm trying to grow organic and to that end I'm looking to make my own insecticide. Quiet a few of the... (More)
    We are not aware of any outlet for organic inseticidal soap and it would seem that no such product is... (More)
     
  • 12 May 2016 - DRed
    My courgette plants are producing male and female flowers but the male flowers produce absolutely no... (More)
    Sometimes the early flowers do not mature properly if the weather is cold and dull and the next lot should... (More)
     
  • 11 May 2016 - smkop
    Can you advise me on best practice for growing a privet hedge? It was planted in march 2014. Should it... (More)
    Apply some tree and shrub fertilsier, or general fertiliser, and make sure there is no competing grass... (More)
     
  • 9 May 2016 - vinnyfree
    I have a new lawn only three years old and lately it has being covered with scutch grass, can I add... (More)
    What you are seeing, that looks strawy and like scutchh grass, is just the flower stems beginning to... (More)
     
  • 8 May 2016 - maureend
    Bites and chopped leaves all over 3yr laurel hedge? (More)
    Probably wind damage, possibly snails too. (More)
     
 
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