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Ian McLintock's forum posts

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Re: Re: Re: Please help - what is this?

from Ian McLintock

It looks like Hypericum. Did it have yellow flowers? Ian

  • Posted: Sat. 31st May 2014 20:10

Re: Forsythia

from Ian McLintock

Usually cut back one or 2 of oldest stems after flowering. How much do you like it? It might be easiest to dig it up and replace, but you could cut it back hard, feed it well and mulch, then wait for next year and see what happens. A potash feed next spring might help. If you do replace it, add lots of organic matter to the soil and bonemeal or similar, as my guess is it'll have been fairly depleted by such a big, old bush.

  • Posted: Sat. 22nd March 2014 16:04

Re: Builders' waste?

from Ian McLintock

Digging out works. I use a mattock, but it's hard work and loads to dispose of. Try breaking it up a bit. If there's man made material in it, it's probably builders' waste - not alkaline. If it's waste break it up a bit and add organic matter. If it's sub soil, dig it out or leave it. Could try the My Soil app, which will tell you what type of soil you have. If you think it's limestone, pour some vinegar on a bit. If it fizzes, it's lime. You can use sulphur chips and/or acidic fertilisers to make more acidic, but limited impact and slow. Raised beds usual solution. More positively, I dug my borders out - painful, but it saved going to the gym and worked really well. Or philosophise your way out if it. Lots of vegetables don't need great soil depth and like alkaline conditions, and grow your potatoes in a planter!

  • Posted: Mon. 10th March 2014 19:45

Re: Flea beetles

from Ian McLintock

Might possibly be fungus gnats? Do they have wings? Tend to live in damp compost. Ian

  • Posted: Fri. 10th January 2014 18:03

Re: Autumn leaves

from Ian McLintock

Alastair, the only real difference between leaves and other compostable materials is that they take years to break down, not weeks/months. Some take longer than others, some are more acidic and a few can be slightly toxic to other plants. If you put too many into your compost heap it'll slow down composting and leaves on the borders may look a bit untidy. I do both and the insects love it. Ian

  • Posted: Sat. 2nd November 2013 08:07

Re: Swapping roses.

from Ian McLintock

Bar, rose sickness can persist, but isn't permanent. If it's only been in a year, not too bad. Digging out old soil is a very good way to do it. You can also use microrhizal fungi on roots when planting - any good garden centre will have or order on line. RHS also recommend planting marigolds as they act as a soil fumigant, but I've never tried this. Feed and water well in 1st year. Ian

  • Posted: Thu. 25th July 2013 20:21

Re: Types of Birch?

from Ian McLintock

Lou, I have one of these in my garden and it's really nice. It also doesn't grow too large. Try matching with bright dogwoods or black bamboo to contrast. Ian

  • Posted: Thu. 7th February 2013 20:34

Re: Judas tree

from Ian McLintock

Tracy, it might be fungal leaf spot. If it is, looking closely you may be able to see concentric rings on the spot and minute fungal bodies in the centre. More common on plants not growing strongly and in damp weather. Pick off affected leaves and spray with systemic fungicide. Good luck. Ian

  • Posted: Thu. 7th July 2011 06:55