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Caterpillars on Roses – Killing Rose Sawfly Larvae

Caterpillars on Roses – Killing Rose Sawfly Larvae

Your beautiful roses have been thriving and then all of a sudden you start noticing that the leaves are curling inwards or outwards, scars on the stems or holes in the leaves. You look for the root of the problem and discover rose sawflies are plaguing your roses. It is actually a fairly common problem, so what do you need to do? How do you deal with rose sawflies without causing further damage to your roses? In this guide, I…

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How to Take Buddleia Cuttings – Step by Step

How to Take Buddleia Cuttings – Step by Step

If you fancy some butterflies and bees in your garden, you can never go wrong with a Buddleia. This is why there are also more commonly known as the Butterfly Bush. Buddleias are exotic-looking flowers with around 140 species on different continents from large varieties such as Buddleia ‘Royal Red’ to dwarf Buddleia such as Buddleia ‘Buzz’ and ‘Blue Chip’. The one thing that they all have in common is that they are incredibly easy to grow as well as…

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What to Do With Alliums after Flowering

What to Do With Alliums after Flowering

Alliums have a distinct look, taste and smell. They are typically used for decorative purposes and depending on the species, they can be used as food crops but I’ve always grown ornamental alliums and really enjoy the larger flowered varieties although I do have a selection of smaller growing varieties too.   Do you enjoy the sight of alliums? If you already have them in your garden they are magnificent, but what do you do with alliums after flowering? Those…

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What to Do With Lilies after Flowering – When and How to Cut Them Back

What to Do With Lilies after Flowering – When and How to Cut Them Back

Last updated on September 14th, 2021 While in full bloom, lilies stand tall and majestic creating an exotic scene that many appreciate. However, what happens to the lilies after flowering? Do you just let them be, or do you deadhead them and prune them in preparation for the next season? Experts indicate that it is essential to prune and cut back your lilies followed by mulching for healthier growth. In this article, you will discover tips on when and how…

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Why Are My Conifers Turning Brown? What you need to know

Why Are My Conifers Turning Brown? What you need to know

If you enjoy the evergreen aesthetic that conifers offer, you might be shocked to notice wide-scale discolouration. You may wonder; why are my conifers turning brown? There is cause to be concerned because several reasons can result in conifer leaves turning brown. However, hope is not lost because you can remedy the problem and nurse the tree back to health. Below are some common causes of leaf discolouration in conifers and some remedies you can undertake. Pruning conifers at the…

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8 Organic Ways to Stop Caterpillars Eating Your Plants

8 Organic Ways to Stop Caterpillars Eating Your Plants

Last updated on September 14th, 2021 Before transforming into beautiful butterflies or moths, caterpillars need a lot of food for energy purposes and that is why you may find them camping in your garden. Caterpillars are not generally harmful, but they can cause damage to your crops if left unchecked. So, how do you prevent these caterpillars from wreaking havoc on your plants? You can use pesticides but they may be toxic for the other animals and insects in your…

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5 Best BBQ Covers to keep your grill in great shape

5 Best BBQ Covers to keep your grill in great shape

You owe it to your investment in your BBQ, and to your love of outdoors grilled food, to keep your grill safely covered when it’s off-duty. For those whose grill didn’t come with its own brand cover, our review looks at covers in a wide range of sizes for both regular BBQs and for kettle grills. We list the pros and cons of each cover, discuss their features and give the reasoning behind our recommendation. Our Buyer’s Guide points out…

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The Best heater for a conservatory and Top 5 Models Reviewed

The Best heater for a conservatory and Top 5 Models Reviewed

Last updated on October 12th, 2019 Wondering what is the best way to heat my conservatory? Why not purchase a reliable conservatory heater? They are designed to meet your heat requirements without running up your electric bills sky-high. During summertime, there is no need for a heater unless night temperatures drop below average. During winter, a heater is indispensable if you want to spend time in your conservatory. It is easy to select the best heater for conservatory purposes if…

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Top 5 Best Greenhouse Heaters – We compare electric, gas and paraffin models

Top 5 Best Greenhouse Heaters – We compare electric, gas and paraffin models

Among the equipment you need to run a successful greenhouse is a reliable heater. When the seasons change and the temperatures fluctuate, a greenhouse heater is able to assist in controlling the temperature. Some of the heaters in the market feature a fan that is able to run independently, therefore, providing both cooling and heating effects. You can get your hands on an affordable model that does exactly what you want. Greenhouse heaters come in many shapes and designs therefore,…

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What makes the best log store and 6 top picks

What makes the best log store and 6 top picks

Owning a wood stove or a fireplace is a pleasure many have grown to love. It may be functional or just decorative but nonetheless, you need a steady supply of the logs to keep the fires running. Having a steady supply of logs nearby is always convenient and affordable in the long run if you get good deals. Purchasing a log store not only saves you the hassle of building one yourself, but it also comes designed to allow the…

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