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Dear all.

Does anyone know why some of my fir trees are turning brown and why my photinia is going all manky and losing its leaves?  It was lovely and bushy last year.large.Photinia.jpg.11947d1c311aacabe66d675a9aaf947f.jpg

 

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Apologies for the crummy phone pics..

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Where is the David Bellamy of the watch forum? 
Rodger the Dodger when you need him.

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9 minutes ago, Teg62x said:

Where is the David Bellamy of the watch forum? 
Rodger the Dodger when you need him.

Pwobbly gwappling with his gwape nuts. :yes:

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24 minutes ago, Teg62x said:

Where is the David Bellamy of the watch forum? 
Rodger the Dodger when you need him.

Sorry, I just went for a pee, so missed that...:laughing2dw:

@Biker...have you had some severe frosts there? Your Photinia damage looks rather like frost scorching to me...and it does look like a young bush so fairly sparse. On a more well developed shrub, the outer leaves protect those below. It should recover. Not sure why your conifer is turning brown. Is this just one tree, or several different ones?  Certain conifers, such as the derided Leylandii, sometimes suffer from conifer aphid damage which can wipe out whole hedges... especially in dry summers. Your trees look more like the Korean fir or the more common Norway spruce. If this is the case, and it's just one branch that has died, prune it off as close to the main trunk as possible, then keep a close on eye on it. If it recovers, all good. If it continues to die, it has a disease, so get rid of it and replace.

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10 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Sorry, I just went for a pee, so missed that...:laughing2dw:

@Biker...have you had some severe frosts there? Your Photinia damage looks rather like frost scorching to me...and it does look like a young bush so fairly sparse. On a more well developed shrub, the outer leaves protect those below. It should recover. Not sure why your conifer is turning brown. Is this just one tree, or several different ones?  Certain conifers, such as the derided Leylandii, sometimes suffer from conifer aphid damage which can wipe out whole hedges... especially in dry summers. Your trees look more like the Korean fir or the more common Norway spruce. If this is the case, and it's just one branch that has died, prune it off as close to the main trunk as possible, then keep a close on eye on it. If it recovers, all good. If it continues to die, it has a disease, so get rid of it and replace.

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He knows you know!  :yes:

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On 27/03/2020 at 20:58, Roger the Dodger said:

Sorry, I just went for a pee, so missed that...:laughing2dw:

@Biker...have you had some severe frosts there? Your Photinia damage looks rather like frost scorching to me...and it does look like a young bush so fairly sparse. On a more well developed shrub, the outer leaves protect those below. It should recover. Not sure why your conifer is turning brown. Is this just one tree, or several different ones?  Certain conifers, such as the derided Leylandii, sometimes suffer from conifer aphid damage which can wipe out whole hedges... especially in dry summers. Your trees look more like the Korean fir or the more common Norway spruce. If this is the case, and it's just one branch that has died, prune it off as close to the main trunk as possible, then keep a close on eye on it. If it recovers, all good. If it continues to die, it has a disease, so get rid of it and replace.

Most excellent advice, I will trim them as required and keep an eye out for future browning, sadly I have no idea what they are, fortunately we can still get out into the garden.

Oh, and yes we are west coast of Scotland, so we have had some bad bugger frosts.

presently in the middle of planting a couple of Griselina hedges, 100 of them to plant!!  Plus some bare root thorn thingys - not sure what to do with them either I was expecting potted ones but didn't read the ad properly.

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Grisellina littaris or 'New Zealand Broadleaf' as it's known over here is a really good, if uncommon hedging plant. It's really good at resisting salt spray, so is often used as hedging in coastal areas...another good one for coastal areas is 'Sea Buckthorn' or 'Sea Berry' as it's also known (Hippohae rhamnoides). The berries of this shrub are fast becoming a superfood...they contain more vitamin C than oranges.

With bare roots, you can employ the 'slit planting' method. Push your spade into the ground, twist it slightly to open the slit, insert the bare root to the obvious line on the stem where it was growing above ground before, then heel in well. Your 'thorns' could be Hawthorn (most likely) or Blackthorn (Sloe). Post some pics of the leaves when they appear and I'll let you know.

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Grisellina littaris or 'New Zealand Broadleaf' as it's known over here is a really good, if uncommon hedging plant. It's really good at resisting salt spray, so is often used as hedging in coastal areas...another good one for coastal areas is 'Sea Buckthorn' or 'Sea Berry' as it's also known (Hippohae rhamnoides). The berries of this shrub are fast becoming a superfood...they contain more vitamin C than oranges.

With bare roots, you can employ the 'slit planting' method. Push your spade into the ground, twist it slightly to open the slit, insert the bare root to the obvious line on the stem where it was growing above ground before, then heel in well. Your 'thorns' could be Hawthorn (most likely) or Blackthorn (Sloe). Post some pics of the leaves when they appear and I'll let you know.

 

 

 

 

Yep they are both blackthorn and hawthorn, I want to deter the cattle from chomping my stuff over the fence.  There was also a selection of mixed thorn, can't remember what but they were advertised as wildlife friendly, so I'm assuming berries.  The blackthorn was deliberate, then I can make my own sloe gin again.

Thanks again for all the great advice, it really is greatly appreciated.

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Update..

Before.

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Part way

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..Erself doing some planting

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A wee (noisy) visitor

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More to come..

 

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On 27/03/2020 at 16:09, Biker said:

Dear all.

Does anyone know why some of my fir trees are turning brown and why my photinia is going all manky and losing its leaves?  It was lovely and bushy last year.large.Photinia.jpg.11947d1c311aacabe66d675a9aaf947f.jpg

 

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Apologies for the crummy phone pics..

As an add.Conifers can suffer from Phytophthora disease.It causes an overall dull look to the foliage and dieback.The sure sign is red staining of the cambium under the bark at ground level.Scrape a little bark near the ground.If its green yellow its not the disease.

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I was a wee bit surprised when he came strutting across the garden, I don't think he'd noticed us at first.   He didn't scarper though, just kept a distance.

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2 minutes ago, Teg62x said:

Hope that pheasant was two metres away! :whistle::laughing2dw:


2 foot away on a plate (round) would be better, IMO.

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Oooooh yeah... Keep feeding him for Christmas.:biggrin:

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On ‎01‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 11:34, Biker said:

Update..

Before.

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Part way

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..Erself doing some planting

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A wee (noisy) visitor

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More to come..

 

    plant problem;   probably just high winds and less sunlight.

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@vinn To be fair we have had some crazy winds of late.  :thumbsup:

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3 hours ago, Biker said:

@vinn To be fair we have had some crazy winds of late.  :thumbsup:

 

3 hours ago, Biker said:

@vinn To be fair we have had some crazy winds of late.  :thumbsup:

     i have fir and maple that are not blooming yet.   unusual late spring.   vin

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3 hedgerows completed phew a lot of graft!

 

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View from ground level looking into the enclosed area, where I intend to put some decking, a pergola and a wee pond.  This'll hopefully give Anne her zen garden

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Oh look, new chestnut fencing another bugger of a job!

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Another view

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some more

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Oh!  What's that lurking in the distance??

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Let's get a wee bit closer, a warship on the right, a shipwreck to its below-left and a merchantman anchored over on the left,

these two have been in the fairway for about three days now

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My back is killing me now!!

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