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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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comment What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?
It looks to be very close to the tree behind, close enough to possibly be volunteer rootstock growth, or suckers, particularly as it seems to be so fast growing. Reminds me of some sort of Sorbus variety.
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comment What is this grass that is growing in my desert yard?
I don't know what the grass is, but the reason its growing where it is is because its near a paving slab - the soil beneath stone will be damper than exposed ground, so there's no guarantee that whatever it is will grow well in the rest of your plot.
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comment Identify deciduous shrub with small red berries and small leaves
Check in spring and early summer too - the aphids which cause it spread to young branches then, often causing soft, small swellings where they feed. The aphids themselves are coloured pinkish brown - you probably need to spray if you see them, but do it in late spring, not in summer, its more effective. Permethrin based products should work, but check the label to see what the pesticide product treats.
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comment Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?
@iLikeDirt - see update to answer.
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comment What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?
Can you remember what the tree is directly behind - can only see the trunk in the picture?
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answered What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?
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27
answered Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?
Jan
26
comment My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?
Don't worry about the ants, they're only on the plant to collect honeydew from the scale infestation. Treat for scale and the ants will disappear.
Jan
22
comment Bermuda grass (I think?) is a muddy mess in the winter time
Doesn't matter what grass you use, unless its artificial - dogs/kids constantly playing on grass in winter will always produce a mucky mess. Restrain the dogs from using it in winter, give them a run or an area to use instead.
Jan
22
comment Identify deciduous shrub with small red berries and small leaves
In the last picture, I can see what look like woolly aphid deposits (the whitish grey, lumpy bits) on the stems. I also strongly suspect this shrub is actually a badly pruned Cotoneaster horizontalis, as this is a much more common shrub in UK, and is prone to woolly aphid. If its not some trick of the light, scrub those deposits off with a stiff brush, keep a check this year for signs of woolly aphid - that might explain why your plant has reduced vigour.
Jan
20
comment Falling leaves and black spots on bonsai tree. What can I do to return it to health?
I think it might be an azalea of some sort, but I'm interested in the area to the left (in the top pic) on the trunk, just above lower leaves - it appears to be covered in white deposit or fuzz, along with more fuzz on the top of the soil on the left. Is that the case, or is it just a trick of the light in the photo?
Jan
15
comment What is this bug with a hundred feet that I found in my garden?
Most likely Lithobius forficatus, the garden centipede, but hard to be certain without a close up, and it'd need to be dead to keep it still!
Jan
15
comment What is wrong with this desert rose and how can I cure it?
What's your watering regime up to the time when the problem starts? Do you leave the plant sitting in water, or get water on the leaves when you do irrigate, particularly late in the day?
Jan
14
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revised What happened to my Mass Cane?
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answered What happened to my Mass Cane?
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12
comment Is this powdery mildew?
@kevinsky - whereas I only had a headful of my tesco shopping list, easier to push to the back! Anyway, I was curious as to what the plant actually was...
Jan
12
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Jan
12
revised Is this powdery mildew?
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