Ask the Expert
Dogs and bark
Is Shamrock Decorative Bark safe for dogs?
Shane in Dublin
Shamrock Decorative Bark is a completely natural product, made from 100% bark.
It is not poisonous for your dog to chew but you should try to make sure he or she doesn't swallow it, since it's not dog food, and may cause your four legged friend some discomfort.
Moving an apple tree
We have built a new house on a site with an old apple tree. It had loads of apples last year and the year before. However now that the house is built, we are turning our attention to the lawn. The apple tree is right in the middle of the new lawn and looks odd and when standing in the front doorway you cannot see the road in front of the house. I was just wondering is it too late to move the tree? We have a full acre of the site so there are several more suitable places for it. Any advice about moving it would be excellent.
Marian in Cork
Peony plant that won't flower
I have a peony rose growing in a pot for the last two years. It has budded but won't flower - any ideas?
Also when should I cut back my fuchsias? Thanks a million.
Teresa in Dublin
I'm thinking of growing tomatoes in the garden this season. How easy or hard is it for them to grow in Ireland?
Pauline in Meath
Sowing gladioli bulbs
I sowed gladioli bulbs in April. They are about 2ft tall with three or four leaves now. Will I get flowers this year? There's not a sign of any buds yet!
Barbara in Dublin
I also have these strange, flowerless gladioli in my garden! In fact, most of them did not come up at all this year! I have a feeling it may have to do with the cold start to the year. We have had some pretty extreme temperatures this year so it’s not surprising that some plants are confused!