Down to Earth: Dr Satish Narula

Usually in bigger homes there are trees,which cover a wide area,especially at the rear end of the house.

Published: December 5, 2013 5:14 am

Usually in bigger homes there are trees,which cover a wide area,especially at the rear end of the house. Such trees do not let anything else grow under them,least of all in the lawns. Such places remain barren and give a shabby look. The condition is worse when the tree is deciduous and sheds leaves in winter or summer depending upon the species. The answer is simple: use pebbles,stones,statues or artifacts to decorate such spots. Use of pebbles of different colours gives the place a new look. You can use your imagination to make different designs and enliven the area. Such pebbles are available in natural colours. Don’t try to use paint to do so. You will kill the neutrality.

Is this the right time to add manure and fertilisers to fruit trees? If so,what should be added and in what quantity?

Ramnik,Chandigarh

Yes,go ahead and add manure and fertiliser to fruit trees but consult an expert or “Package of Practices for Fruit” by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to find out the quantity to be added as it depends upon species and age of the tree.

There are gaps in my bed of nasturtium. I had planted variegated type. Now I am not getting more plants. What should I do?

Rajiv Kumar,Panchkula

You must approach PAU nursery or any government horticulture nursery where the quality is ensured.

Where from should I get good peach and plum plants? I live in Kurali.

Satwant Singh,Kurali

It’s advisable to visit any government horticultural nursery or PAU.

Q: The tips of my lucky bamboo plant are drying. What could be the reason? How can I correct the fault?

Satinder,Mohali

You may be using tap water. Use only stored water from tanks. Also,see that it is not in the cold.

For gardening queries,

ASK DR GREEN at

satishnarula@yahoo.co.in

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