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All leaves brown and crispy and falling off.......aghhh

Question from Mike Hibberd


I have a Japanese snowball 'Kilimanjaro' (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Kilimanjaro')and last year I moved from pot to bed and the leaves have recently (last 3-4 weeks) have gone brown and dyed.

The location is in an old raised bed with other plants the are doing well like; golden dog wood, Japanese spirea and a small Katsura tree....i mention these as I'm a novice and trying to give view of the soil and exposure.

Can you help please.

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  • Posted: Sun. 9th August 2020 20:10
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Tip from marlyn

my dwarf rhododendron has become very leggy, little or no new growth from base

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  • Posted: Sat. 2nd May 2020 15:03
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Advice On Lawn Overhall

Question from lee cherryman

Hello, our property was built 2 years ago and the back lawn is in a sorry state, builders rubble found all over, soil is heavy clay and parts are very boggy and most annoyingly the landscape is lumpy/bumpy and uneven. parts of the lawn bury the bottom of part of the fence!

In the spring I am looking to sort out and would appreciate some advice on my plan:
1 - dig out rubble (as much as possible), dig a drainage channel to help with overall drainage
2 - remove a 6 inch layer from all of clay soil and use a roller to create even/level surface, spike/aerate entire area.
3 - add 6 inches of topsoil (a sandier loam?) to entire area and again use roller to compact/firm up?
4 - lay turf on top, unsure whether its worth going for a shade tolerant turf or normal?

Our garden is fairly shaded at the moment by roadside tree line but we are in the process of removing them.

Any advice or corrections on my thinking would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Posted: Wed. 28th September 2016 08:30


Question from omed

i have a question about plant zone and their tolerances to high temperatures and drought.there are some species such as Prunus 'Kanzan' , Prunus 'Sekiyama' or Malus 'JFS-KW5' - Royal Raindrops™, Prunus 'Kojo-no-mai'.as i know they are tolerant to zone 6.so my zone is between 7-8, with moderate winter and raining, but harsh summers about 40-42 deg.Are there any species fairly tolerant to these zone or not?

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  • Posted: Sun. 14th June 2015 07:25
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Pest Control!

Comment from Angela Neal

Hi folks,

I have a major problem with something eating both bulbs and young plants.

I know my garden is FULL of snails, but the small plants (pansies, violas, cyclamen, hellebores, allysum and more) are literally eaten away down to a stumpy stem. Needless to say, the plants then die.

Small bulbs that I plant appear on the surface half eaten.

We have lots of neighbourhood cats (another gardener's problem) so I wouldn't have thought that mice would be a problem?

Could slugs/snails destroy a plant completely?
Would mice eat plants?
Do mice dig up bulbs?

I have looked into green deterents, and am thinking about spraying a chilli/onion solution across my beds, which should sort out the cats too. Has anyone had any luck with using chilli spray for pest control?


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  • Posted: Sat. 7th April 2012 10:22
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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust water butt survey

Comment from Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is conducting a water butt survey as part of our “work your butt” campaign and Festival of gardening 1-31st March.

How well do you work your butt? Your water butt that is… A survey 3 years ago found that nearly two thirds of gardeners said they had a water butt but only one in 10 make good use of them.

WWT is calling on gardeners to help us get a clearer picture of the situation today, particularly in these increasingly environmentally and economically aware times.

So please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwtsurvey to take survey and answer a few short questions. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes and as a thank you for your help you’ll go into a draw to win a year’s WWT membership.

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  • Posted: Thu. 24th February 2011 12:40

Bio Control for Japanese Knotweed

Comment from Laura Thomas

Just read that DEFRA are considering bringing in an Asian predator to deal with the problem of Japanese Knotweed. It's called Aphalara itadori - read all about it

I'm always uneasy with these biological controls that are imported. Harlequins came to dominate our ecosystems from being introduced into countries other than Asia for aphid control. Any thoughts?

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  • Posted: Thu. 23rd July 2009 15:27
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Reclaim & Recycle..

General post from Laura Thomas

The Streets of London are paved with gold if you are looking for items to reclaim for use in the garden.

This is one of my favourite 'finds' - a vintage handcart which the local italian restaurant had thrown out during a basement clearance. Makes a great display for container plants.


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  • Posted: Tue. 28th April 2009 17:25
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Comment from Lynn Franklin

Having just watched the programme on the use of peat in the garden has really got me to thinking about what I use. It's going to be a challenge but I think after seeing Toby's remarks I'm going to have a go. Anyone else been moved to make changes?

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  • Posted: Sat. 28th March 2009 18:47
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General post from Wendy

When we moved into our home 3 years ago, we built a 3 bay compost bin and have slowly built up each bay with garden and kitchen refuse and shredded paper. Have just spent the last few days digging out the 1st bay which is full of fantastic three year old compost. This is being spread over all the borders and veg beds.

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  • Posted: Sun. 22nd February 2009 11:07
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