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We’ve been advised that our sewer pipes will have to be dug up and replaced. Can I uproot my Escallonia Apple Blossom shrubs and place them perhaps in tubs while the repairs are carried out, then replant them?
Feeding Camellia Plants
I fed my camellia plants a few weeks ago with the right food. I have three side by side. One has dropped all the leaves and budding up again. What would have caused that?
Growing Begonia Plants from Cuttings
What is the best way to take cuttings from a begonia? Leave the cutting in water till roots appear or tap it in root hormone gel before planting?
Ensuring Your Daffodils Flower
Why do some daffodil bulbs not flower in similar soil and light conditions in different areas of my garden, whilst others do? These are all well-established bulbs.
I use kaffir lime leaves a lot in Thai cooking but my plant’s leaves have become quite yellow and speckly looking. How can I help it?
I saw a photo in a magazine of an apple and pear tree on one trunk growing up a fence and the branches were trained to grow horizontally. How do I do this?
Our “Peasgood Nonsuch” apple tree has been infected. Starting at the lower leaves they have become a bronze/silver colour, gradually moving up the tree. It is now showing on the raspberries on the eastern side. We have sprayed with Target, but don't have much left.
Whitefly and Aphids
I have a cyclamen as a pot plant in my home’s enclosed conservatory. It has been there for some time, but has recently got infested by small grey pests. They look like tiny hyphens and have appeared from nowhere. None of the surrounding pot plants have been infected. What are these pests and how do I deal with them?
The questions I want to know is why do white butterfly attack cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, but leave lettuce plants alone?
Thrips on Viburnum
I had a severe bout of thrips on my viburnum over summer and seem to have managed it with spray. Is it likely it will return as the weather warms up? If so, what can I do now? Also will the frosts destroy existing insects?
What can I plant to encourage more bees to my garden to pollinate my plants and trees in a fairly hot sometimes dry region? For winter and summer.
Pruning Feijoa Trees
I have a feijoa tree - I am just wondering when is the best time to prune it? Or if it is better not to prune it in order to get more fruit?
Should I be cutting roses back hard now in April or waiting until after winter? I have pruned a few times mainly to deadhead.
Raspberry Bud Moth
I would like some help with my raspberries please. Last season I had an invasion of little white grubs in the fruit. What can I do to stop this happening again?
Growing Lemon Trees
I am having great difficulties with growing lemon trees in Karori. I have used all sorts of products, but my poor lemon tree will not produce any lemons. What can I do?
Roll-out Lawn Care
Three years ago I had roll-out grass put down. About 2 months ago 80% of the grass died and left the ground bare. What could have killed the grass? Can I just reseed the area again?
Healthy Feijoa Trees
I have two feijoa trees and every year the fruit falls off while still small and not ripe. What can I do to avoid this happening this summer. I water the trees regularly in the hotter months.
Transplanting a Peach Tree
We have a two-year-old peach tree which unfortunately needs to be relocated. Please could you let me know if this is the correct time to transplant it as it has now shed all its leaves. If so, could you advise the correct way of going about it?
Growing Strawberries in Pots
Can strawberries be grown in pots? What compost/fertiliser is best? How and when do I plant them, where is the best place for the pots and when can I expect fruit to eat and enjoy?
My lawn is dry due to the weather but I have some cracks and no grass growth appearing close to fences and/or paths. What can I do to get a more even look to my grassed areas?
Rust on Broad Beans
Last year my broad beans had rust. This year they are looking good, but are only three or four inches high. Please tell me how to prevent them getting rust again.
Growing a Pear Tree
We have a large pear tree which has been growing since long before we moved here, nearly 40 years ago, but it has never produced any edible fruit. I believe it may be a Winter Cole - any suggestions to remedy this would be much appreciated!
We have lots of dead patches of grass throughout our lawn and I can’t seem to get rid of them. Is it a fungus or some type of bug?
Restoring after Summer
How can I assist my poor lawn to regain its former luxurious green appearance following the very hot, dry Summer we experienced?
Removing Flax Bush
When is a good time to remove my flax bush as it is taking up too much garden space? Can you suggest any shortcuts or give me any tips as to the best way to do this?
Carrot Rust Fly
My question is about root crops. Something has been attacking my young carrots. The foliage wilts and when I pull them out, they appear cut or eaten almost at the base with only about 3mm of root still there. What could be attacking them?
Strawberries Planting - Soil Prep
Do strawberries like sandy soil, and what combination plants help them to stay bug-free? How many years do strawberry plants last?
We have small patches of dead grass throughout the lawn. They have been there for years and I can't seem to fix them. Could it be some type of fungi?
Pre School Planting
Could you please give us some advice on what veges and herbs we could plant as a starter for our preschool garden?
Winter Pruning of Roses
Usually I prune my roses towards the end of June, but now in early June with the seasons changing and the fact that they are still flowering, when is the best time to prune? What about treatment during the colder months?
Lemon Tree Pests
I love my lemon tree but always seem to get this black blight over the lemons. How can I best deal with this?
Would we be able to grow a lemon tree outside in Dunedin successfully? What would we be have to do? We live on the hillside near Anderson’s Bay.
My potato tops are 700mm high and they have only been in the ground since the middle of August. Why have they grown so tall in such a short space of time?
Strawberries in Pots
I have grown my strawberries successfully in pots for a number of years; however last year I had leafy green plants but no fruit at all!
Dealing with Thrips
Could you please give some information and recommended treatment for silver leaf? I noticed it on a rose Sally Holmen. I dug it out, binned it and watered the area with Trichoderma powder. I also had the disease in Viburnum davidii and Elaeagnus.
How to Plant Potatoes
When is the best time to plant out potatoes in Dunedin? And what is the best method for growing them?
My viburnum hedge is dying, the leaves are going fawny gray with little black dots over them. I have used an aphid and mite spray and sprayed them 4 weeks in a row to no effect. Any new leaves look wilted and curling up. Normally they would be in flower now. Is this aphids?
Growing in Clay
We are in Rolleston and are making new gardens. The soil is free draining but clay below. What would be the best to put on it for the growing of vegetables and flowers, especially gerberas?
Raspberry Leaf Rust
These orange spots have appeared on the leaves of my raspberry plants. What are they and do I need to treat for them?
Growing Daphne Plants
Last winter I planted two Daphne Bushes each side of my entrance. One has grown beautifully and is almost in flower while the other is pale and has hardly grown. What is the reason for this?
I have about a dozen griselinia which have not grown as tall as the others. I have planted 22 for a hedge which are about 9 years old. What can I do to get them to grow higher and catch up to the others?