I have lots of moss on my lawn and it's driving me crazy, what can I do ?
Apply a good quality feed and moss killer evenly across the lawn such as
Scotts Lawn Builder & Moss Control. After two weeks the moss will
go a black-brown colour. Rake off the dead moss and re-seed the bare
patches. Providing good drainage and regular feeding will help control
A little beetle is decimating my lilies, please help!
Lily beetle is a relatively new pest in the UK, very easily recognised
by its brilliant red colour. Both the adults and the larvae can cause
severe damage to lilies and other plants including Hosta. The most
effective treatment for plants growing in pots is to drench them with
Provado Vine Weevil Killer, this is systemic in action and will protect
plants for up to 6 months from lily beetle, greenfly,scale etc. as well
as vine weevil. For open ground plants spraying with Provado Ultimate
Bug Killer is effective, the treatment should be repeated after 14
To get the best out of your poinsettia remember to water it regularly
and do not expose it to extremes of temperature, hot or cold, a normal
warm room is about right. In addition to the fiery red blooms, keep a
look out for white and pink poinsettias.
How do I get my Hydrangea to retain its nice blue colour?
To preserve the colour of your blue hydrangea a pH Value under 5.5 is
required. For pot culture use Westland Ericaceous Compost, and treat
with Vitax Hydrangea Colorant as recommended on the container. For
plants growing in the open ground the use of Vitax Hydrangea Colorant at
planting time, and regular subsequent treatments will keep the flowers
an intense blue.
I am sick of watering my plants every day in the summer, any suggestions?
All plants require an adequate supply of water, and whilst, especially,
during hot weather this can become a major chore there are various
products available which can make the task far less time consuming.
Probably the ultimate solution is the Hoselock range of automatic
irrigation equipment. This can be used for borders, patios, greenhouses
and containers, it is available with both manual and computer control
systems. For hanging baskets and containers the use of water storing
granules will help reduce the frequency of watering. These work by
absorbing water and releasing it gradually to the plants, they are not a
substitute for water! Mulching of borders with chipped bark or a
membrane, such as Weed Block, will reduce evaporation, and as an added
bonus will aid in suppressing weed growth. Careful choice of drought
tolerant plants can also reduce the frequency of watering. Finally
remember that a good hosepipe and sprinkler will always take much of the
pain out of manual watering.
My Hosta suffers badly from slugs, but I don't want to use slug pellets because I have a dog...
For those averse to using slug pellets because of pets, wildlife,
children etc, various other methods of control exist: Growing Success
Slug Killer is non toxic to pets and wildlife, and will offer control of
both slugs and snails. Slug traps may be used to trap and drown slugs.
Gauba Fito Slug Barrier Granules are an excellent repellent which is
spread on the soil around the plants, it provides a barrier which slugs
and snails will not cross.
Tubers of begonias should be pressed into the surface of moist compost,
hollow side up, do not completely bury them but plant with the surface
level with the soil. The tubers should be kept in a reasonably warm
place where shoots will be produced in a short period of time, plants
can be put outdoors once all danger of frost is passed.
In early spring summer baby bedding plants are available, these are
great for the amateur as the seedlings are ready germinated and cuttings
fully rooted, therefore dispensing with the need for the higher
temperatures required for striking cuttings or germinating seeds. Baby
plants can be easily grown on to provide a stunning display of summer
colour at a fraction of the cost of the larger plants offered later in
the season. The keys to success with these plants are good light and a
frost-free environment. Your seedlings will develop rapidly, and should
be pricked out or potted on soon after purchase, using a general
seedling or cutting compost. Do not allow the young plants to try out,
but try to ensure evenly moist compost for the young plants. If you
encounter any problems with seedlings rotting, treat with a fungicide
(Our staff will be happy to advise). Prior to planting in the open
around May the young plants should be hardened off by placing them in a
cooler position and gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions.
The best time to prune bush roses is just as growth begins in spring.
Traditional methods of rose pruning have been rather laborious and
complicated for amateur growers, and the Easy-Care method, which has
been extensively tested, by the Royal National Rose Society and other
organisations has been shown to give results equalling those produced by
more traditional means. The bush is simply cut to half its height
using a sharp pair of secateurs or even a hedge trimmer. There is no
need to remove the weaker and twiggy growth, dead wood however should
be cut back to its base.
Many of the older cures for pests in the garden are no longer available,
or have been replaced by newer chemicals and knowing which to choose
can be quite difficult with many gardening reference books recommending
chemicals which are no longer available. Our garden care department
offers a whole range of products all of which are very effective, but to
ensure you get the best choice for your requirement then be sure to
ask at our information desk. For now here are a couple of our top
recommendations:- Provado Ultimate Bug Killer! - This is the only
insecticide on the market which doesn’t just work on contact, but it
also finds its way into the system of the plant and protects against
insects for up to 8 weeks - Available as a concentrate or in a ready to
use spray formula. Round Up - A fast acting weed killer which destroys
annual and deep rooted perennials such as dandelions, grasses and
thistles right down to the root. Like Provado, Round Up is systemic in
action working from inside the plant. Roundup is rapidly degraded on
contact with the soil leaving no harmful residue which could harm pets
I would like to have lights in my garden that are easy to fit.
The best solution would be either a low voltage light set or solar
powered lights. Both are very flexible, can be fitted yourself, and come
in a variety of different styles. The low voltage systems are brighter
than the solar powered range, but the solar powered can be placed
anywhere as they do not require wiring.
I've bought a rooted Christmas tree, how should I take care of it?
To keep a potted tree in good condition it should be kept in a cool
environment, its chances of survival will be reduced in a warm room, as
dehydration will be accelerated. The compost should be kept moist at
all times. After Christmas the tree may be planted out in the garden.
When planting, as with any other plant, root disturbance should be kept
to a minimum, and the tree kept well watered.
How do I prevent my Christmas tree from shedding it's needles?
Needle loss in Christmas trees can be greatly reduced by placing the
tree in the coolest part of the room, away from any sources of direct
heat. The use of a tree stand with a water reservoir is recommended.
Spraying the tree with an anti needle drop spray is also of great value.
Finally remember that some varieties are much less prone to needle
drop than others, Nordman fir and Scots pine are virtually non-drop.