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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.
The top questions of the calendar week 25
1. We have a filled garden jasmine 'snowstorm' that is just blooming. We had him slightly obliterated in the spring and he is now driving like crazy. Unfortunately, the shoots are falling, so I support them now. Should I cut them off or just shorten them? My neighbor wants me to cut the shoots as the bush shadows his garden. But I do not want it to be damaged.
In general, the pipe shrub is very cut friendly. The correct cutting time depends on which cutting action you choose. A strong pruning should be done in the leafless time, best in March. Smaller cutting measures can be performed directly after flowering. However, one should pay attention to which branches are cut, because it is well known that the pipe shrub flowers on the shoots, which grew in the previous year.
2. I have bark mulch on my rosary. Is that recommended?
One should know that roses love sunny locations and open bottoms. In the direct root area of roses, we advise against bark mulch, as this prevents soil aeration. Instead, it is better to add organic material to the soil in autumn, such as compost deposited for a year or two or special rose earth. A four-centimeter high layer is sufficient. We recommend the first mulchage from the second to third year. The soil in the root zone of the plants should be aerated at least once each year with a rose fork or soil loosener. Sufficient oxygen in the topsoil is important for the vitality of the roses.
Cut back the decayed shoots so that the rose expels again
3. How do I have to cut my faded rose for new flowers to come? I have a rose in the bucket on the balcony for the first time.
The withered shoots are simply cut just above the first five-part leaf. There is a sleeping eye, where the rose expels again and forms new flowers. This only works with the so-called "often flowering roses", which, however, include almost all modern varieties. You will also find more tips in the article "Cutting roses right".
4. My lemon and clementine are in the garden. Except for the rain, the trees are not poured. Is that wrong?
Citrus plants are preferably watered with rainwater, but tap water is also not wrong. Scientific research has shown that citrus plants desperately need the calcium contained in the lime. Good is a balance, so you should always vary. For a balanced supply of natural water replenishment but usually not enough in summer - so you should definitely pour by hand after a few dry days.
The transplanting of a large Hainbuchhecke with trained root system is very expensive
5. Can a two meter high hornbeam hedge be transplanted?
It sounds like the hedge has already grown. We advise against transplanting such a high hedge. The effort is very high, depending on the length of the hedge you would need an excavator, especially since the root system is already very strong. And whether the hedge would grow after planting, is especially in the hornbeam very questionable. We therefore advise you to create a new hedge at the desired location.
6. Can I better carry a 50 year old apple tree, which only carries small apples, through a cut? I grew up with it and would like to receive the tree and the apples. And what about half the cherry trees that were allowed to grow without being cut? Can you still miss a crown cut, or is it more damaging to the trees?
For example, you could revitalize the old apple tree with a rooting cure to make it bigger again. In cherry trees, wound healing after a cut is much worse than with an apple tree. Old, heavily aged cherry trees must be cut carefully, the rejuvenation cut usually extends over several years.Best time here is the late summer In the first year, only a careful fruit woodcut is made. Check that the tree responds to neutering the following year. If this is the case, next year and maybe a bit more powerful cut. If no reaction of the tree to observe, should be waived further cut. Further information can be found on the homepage of the Service Centers Rural Area Rhineland-Palatinate.
The green leafy vegetables are very healthy. Harvest spinach before it shoots
7. What else could I put or sow after spinach? And how long do I leave the spinach in the vegetable patch?
If the spinach is big enough, it will be harvested. He should not shoot, then he is no longer edible. After the spinach harvest, the bed is free again and you can vegetables such as salad or kohlrabi set.
8. Can it be that my strawberries are being eaten by the woodlice? No snail around, but all the strawberries are eaten, and today an assel was sitting in one. I've cut some leaves off to get more light, they do not like that - can I do anything else?
It is quite possible that woodlice eat your strawberries. But also beetles or birds can be considered. In birds, covering with a net helps. You can try to relocate the woodlice. This is achieved by bait such as pieces of apple, carrot or cucumber pieces. They are filled into clay pots with damp wool and placed with the opening down on a slightly narrower wet wooden board. Once the woodlice have settled in, they are moved to the compost.
9. Who can help me with the poppy seed? When can I cut this and does it have to be cut after flowering?
If all the flowers of the poppy have blossomed, you can cut off the seed capsules. The green leaf rosette of the plants then turns yellow quickly. Once the leaves are completely withered, you can also remove them.
10. We have scarified our lawn, fertilized (nitrogen fertilizer) and sprouted. Today we sit in the meadow and notice a lot of small worms. After research, it turned out that they are larvae of Wiesenschnake. How will we get rid of her? We've read about nematode worms, but will not that be a plague again? And what happens when our dog eats them?
Meadow snakes fight best at this time of year (May to September) with parasitic SC nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae). The nematodes invade the tipula larvae from the outside and infect them with a special bacterium. This proliferates in the larvae and causes them to die within a few days. The nematode in turn feeds on the offspring of the bacterium. He leaves the dead Tipula larva as soon as the bacteria supply is consumed to infect his next victim. SC nematodes can in good living conditions in this way kill about half of the existing Tipula larvae. The nematodes are harmless to dogs and anyway so small, so they are not actively absorbed by them.
An alternative is a bait mixture of ten parts of moist wheat bran and one part of sugar. Apply the wheat bran in several places in the lawn. The pests leave their underground passageways in the dark and can be detected and collected with a flashlight. However, you have to repeat this several evenings and hope that you collect a large part of the evil comrades with it.