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bringing the birds back

I have 6 very large pine trees in my garden, and three of them that need to be removed as they are encroaching on power lines, at the same time, the trees are home to the most incredible array of birds and the sound of them singing is magical, I don't want the birds to leave. Any advice on encouraging them to stay. Thanks Rebecca rebeccadigs, Mullingar, Co Westmeath Posted: 02/04/2017

If three trees are left intact, the birds will stay.

 

Canker on Prunus

I now think my Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura has canker, as there is a gummy ooze on some branches. Do I cut them out now or wait until June? Mary Catherine, Blackrock, Co Cork Posted: 31/03/2017

It may have gum disease, but there is nothing can be done about that. It makes little difference to pprune now or in June. June is slightly better.

  Pruning Photinia
 

Pruning Photinia

I am growing a hedge with mixed Portuguese Laurel and Photinia, and haven't touched them for the first couple of years to let them get established. They are slow growing and most of the Photinia are bare on the lower parts and there's a few tall ones with growth at the top and bare branches. To make them thicken out, should I be pruning back to ground level? When should I do this? Madra, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick Posted: 31/03/2017

Photinia gets a touch of leaf spot and gets bare.

Feed with tree and shrub fertiliser in spring and July to boost growth. Keep weeds down. 

 

Pruning Prunus

Any tips on preventing disease when pruning prunus? Mary Catherine, Blackrock, Co Cork Posted: 30/03/2017

Only prune betweenn June and August and as little as possible.

  To prune a prunus?
 

To prune a prunus?

The attached photo is of my 20 year old Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' growing outside my kitchen window. I trim it every summer to keep it compact as my garden is small. I'm tempted to remove the side branch as that is now getting quite heavy. What is your advice. Mary Catherine, Blackrock, Co Cork Posted: 29/03/2017

Yes, take off the side branch in June. There is some risk of disease introduction by pruning, but the tree is currently very imbalanced.

 

am i late to prune fuschia hedge

My fuchsia hedge is starting to green now - it could well do with a pruning - am I too late to prune it at the end of March ? moosefleming, castleisland, Co Kerry Posted: 28/03/2017

Prune away!

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