The 10 Facebook questions of the week

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Every week our social media team reaches a few hundred questions about our favorite hobby: the garden. Most of them are quite easy to answer for the editorial team of MEIN, but some also require some research effort to be able to provide the right answer. At the beginning of each new week we put together for you our ten Facebook questions of the past week. The themes are mixed - from the lawn over the vegetable patch to the balcony box.

Branch of a blossoming apple tree

There are certain apple varieties that tend to bloom

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1. Our small apple tree from South Tyrol has at the same time about four large, almost ripe apples and on a branch apple blossoms. How is this possible?

There are apple varieties, which tend to a so-called Nachblüte. Here, some of the flowers that are actually only created for the next spring open prematurely. The after-flowering appears mainly after cold periods in summer and also occurs in magnolias and rhododendrons.

2. Does anyone have a tip on how to get rid of fruit flies? I've already tried vinegar with rinse and a little sugar.

A lemon half peppered with a few cloves or a bowl of red wine should also help. But we can not guarantee it.

Cherry laurel with dark fruits

The fruits of the cherry laurel are poisonous in the raw state

3. The leaves of my cherry laurel have brown edges. What can I do against it?

Have you been cutting your cherry laurel lately? In large-leaved species such as the cherry laurel you have to make each shoot individually, because the leaves should not be severed. Otherwise, the interfaces will dry up, leaving behind unsightly brown edges that can disturb the plant's appearance for many months. If the whole leaves turn yellow, you will find answers here: The most common reasons for yellow leaves on cherry laurel.

4. What happens in the worst case if you cut your cherry laurel in autumn?

Probably nothing will happen. Because cherry laurel can basically be cut all year round, except in frost and when it blooms. In the fall, however, there is a risk that you cut the flower approaches for the next year by mistake. Important: Do not cut with the hedge trimmer, because the trimmed leaves will otherwise get ugly, brown edges. So cut the shoots with the scissors one by one, even if that can be quite expensive.

Cockchafer on leaf

It takes three to five years for the cockchafer to complete its life cycle

5. I have cockchafer larvae everywhere in the garden. Can you recommend something?

The grubs (larvae) of cockchafers and the dazzling rose beetles look very similar. If one discovers the white, up to five centimeters long Rosenkäfer grubs, for example in the compost, one should spare them: They feed only on dead plant material and contribute a large part to the humus formation. Distinguishing aid to cockchafer grubs: They crawl on their backs while cockchafer larvae move on their side. The protected rose beetles feed on sweet plant juices and, like their larvae, do not count as root or leaf pests. In little natural rose gardens, however, it comes to flower feeding.
From Neudorff there are products (HM nematodes) to fight pest larvae, but the remedies do not work on June and May beetles. As a precautionary measure, you can work the soil thoroughly with a motor cutter to kill the pests.

6. Is there a specific time to plant peonies? Got offshoots from my mother-in-law, but they take care of that. Five or six leaves, no flowers, and that for two years.

Perennial peonies can be planted all over the year, root-naked peonies are planted in early autumn. A recommendable month for new plantings for peonies is September. Once planted, however, the perennial peony should no longer be implemented - that's what she does not like at all. Your copy probably has not got a foothold and is so restrained. If you should get yourself a new seedling plant, do not put it in the same place, because of the soil tiredness, but to plant a new place, where it can develop healthy.

Autumn color of the Japanese maple

If possible, avoid Japanese Maple

7. I would like to transplant my Japanese Maple. When is the best time to do that?

Now in the fall! Please note: Fan maples grow well on humus rich, well-drained loamy soil, but in case of doubt they prefer lighter sandy soils to heavy, clay soil. When waterlogged, the plants are very susceptible to fungal diseases of the wilting and not infrequently completely die. Soil preparation is especially important: loosen hard, heavy soil 50 centimeters deep and mix in plenty of sand and compost. In addition, a ten-centimeter thick drainage layer of coarse gravel at a depth of around 50 centimeters ensures good water drainage. The alternative: Place the maple on a small mound in difficult ground conditions.

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