Q: My large white heather bush has developed quite large patches of brown – the rest of the bush looks healthy and is flowering. Can you help? thanks Lynne
A: Have you got a cat or dog who may have relieved themselves on it – or it could be a fox. That’s what it sounds like has happened to me.
Q: Thanks for answering. Yes, I have two dogs who use a bit of the patio area which is washed down nearish to the heather bush. I do try not to let any of the water get near it. Also during the very wet spell my patio and gravel garden were flooded. Should I remove the dead looking stems out of the bush or leave it alone and see what happens. By the way enjoy your BBC Essex show.
A: You should leave it alone at present for around 3 weeks and then prune out if not shoots come from the base of the dead-looking branches.