Your summer gardening questions answered


I do love summer in the garden! There’s plenty to do, from picking sweet peas to pruning my wisteria (just two of the monthly jobs in my Gardener’s Diary). By the way, my 2018 diary goes on sale on 29th July!

I also love relaxing in the garden at this time of year, either sitting with a cup of tea or catching up on my summer reading. That’s when, quite recently, I had the chance to catch up on your gardening questions. I do answer a selection of them every week on our Richard Jackson’s Garden Show on QVC Extra every Wednesday at 6pm, but I thought I’d answer a few more in this week’s blog.

When can I start to use Lawn Magic on a newly turfed lawn, asked Terry Frazer?

The professionals start applying from a week after laying, and you can too, Terry. It’s also important to keep watering as the turf mustn’t dry out in the hot summer weather.

Helen Hill has a problem with her dogs making brown patches on her lawn.

It’s caused by the acid in their urine, Helen, and the simple solution is to add Dog Rocks to their drinking bowl. The minerals in the rocks neutralise the acid, and stops the grass being burnt.

David Fearn wasn’t sure if his Flower Power hose-end feeder was working properly, as the liquid coming out of the spray was clear.

That’s how it should be, David, as the diluted Flower Power would be clear as it comes out of the spray head. The easy way to know if it is working is to check that the brown liquid concentrate is being sucked up from the spray bottle. If it isn’t, then either the inlet to the spray head is blocked and will need cleaning, or the sprayer isn’t switched fully to the ‘ON’ position.

Maureen Haycock has problems with her wisteria not producing many leaves since it flowered, and those few leaves it did produce were weak and yellow.

It sounds like its drying out too much and the root system hasn’t established as well as it should. Keep it well watered, feed once a fortnight with Flower Power and I hope that will do the trick. If it doesn’t, and you bought the plant from QVC this season, then please do contact customer services for a full refund. That’s the beauty of buying from QVC, we offer a no quibble money back guarantee on plants during their first growing season.

Finally, Amanda Gerrard is worried about her rose leaves turning yellow.

It’s probably either manganese or iron deficiency both caused by high pH. Give it a few feeds with Sequestrene or for a longer lasting solution add sulfur soil to the ground around the rose or mulch with pine needles

If you’ve any questions, please do ask me via my website I’m off this weekend at a wedding and I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ll be back on air next weekend (29th – 30th July) for some very special 16th anniversary shows. To celebrate, we’ve lots of special offers including no P&P to pay on all plants. So I do hope you can join me then.

Happy gardening,



  1. alexis aitken July 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    I thought I would share with you my daughter qvc hanging baskets.they areaall fed twice a week on flower power the fushia are the giant can ones and they are sure living uo to their name they are massive can you tell me how I post picture to you the other ones are the purple speckled petunias

  2. Valerie Moran July 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I have a question, my star jasmine was starting to flower again, but something turned the leaves a golden brown colour, as if someone had sprayed paint on them. I know this didn’t happen. Possibly some plant food ran out from the window box and onto it. Can you please tell me what you think is the problem? Many thanks, Valerie Moran.

  3. Pat July 30, 2017 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have a problem with erysimum plants I bought from QVC in the spring, they are bushy and healthy looking but not one flower! Have fed them with Flower Power but still nothing – what is wrong please ?

  4. mrs langford February 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    dear Richard Jackson I have a magnolia I have had it for about 4 years I have never had any flowers on it only leaves I have fed it with flower power but no flowers can you tell me what I am doing wrong

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