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24/03/2013 at 23:15

Thanks again, but can i trim back the low growing conifer? If so what time of the year?

Here is pick No 4 -

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20492.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 I am assuming this will look better come spring /summer, but i don't want it to get any bigger. will it get bigger if i don't trim it? if i should trim it, how much do i trim and when?

Thanks again

25/03/2013 at 01:12

That looks like it could be a dwarf weeping cherry.  If so, it will soon be covered in beautiful pink blossom!  They don't need much in the way of pruning, just cut the ends off of any branches which are growing too far outwards (eg overhanging a path.)  You can see that it has been pruned like that before. If it is what I think it is, best to wait until after it has finished flowering before doing any pruning.

25/03/2013 at 03:28

Hi, agree with Bob, looks like a prunus,

25/03/2013 at 09:05

Cheers guys, will it get mucg bigger? If yes, is there anyhting i can do to prevent this?

25/03/2013 at 11:41

Should look lovely Spewy.

If you look at the trunk it is thickening rather than growing up so I think that's about it for height, just follow other instructions and post us a picture when in full flower then you may get the variety 

26/03/2013 at 23:33

And another -

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20589.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 

26/03/2013 at 23:41

Thats definitely bamboo, what type, I'm not really sure, but I know from experience that bamboo's can get huge dependant on variety and can be very invasive, they have taken to growing their roots under my house and keep popping up new shoots.

27/03/2013 at 07:56
I think pic 4 might be an acer - Japanese maple.
27/03/2013 at 11:28
Ryan Lloyd wrote (see)

Thats definitely bamboo, what type, I'm not really sure, but I know from experience that bamboo's can get huge dependant on variety and can be very invasive, they have taken to growing their roots under my house and keep popping up new shoots.


Thanks Ryan, What time of the year should i trim this? also do i cut around the edges or take it right back to the center?

27/03/2013 at 11:54

On the last picture - what are the stems like?

27/03/2013 at 11:59

Wow Spewy - what an exciting project! The kind of scenario most gardeners would fall over themselves getting their teeth into!

Some brilliant advice on her too, from people much more experienced thatn me - will only add my bit by saying that waiting is the key - you'll be amazed what pops up or comes alive over the next few weeks, which you thought was a goner

As you start identifying, you can then get a feel for what needs pruning and when.

Mature shrubs are a great starting point for a novice gardener, as they can be tough old plants which can take the odd cutter-happy episode without keeling over

Please do keep posting as leaves emerge, so we all can help you more!

29/03/2013 at 09:36

Thanks again, here is another. Again should i cut this just now, wait till ? or never?

Pic No 6 -

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20724.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 

29/03/2013 at 09:53

Rhododendron. Are there flower buds on it? Don't think that will come big as there are some dwarf varieties. That will need a top dressing of ericaceous compost now.

Variety again will ahve to wait till you have flowers.

Lyn
29/03/2013 at 12:50

There are flower buds on it, you dont need to prune this at all. 

29/03/2013 at 13:12

Good Luck, don't take anything our for at least one year, see what you have got and then add..

29/03/2013 at 15:11

Don't prune the rhododendron. When it has finished flowering you can pick the dead flowers off very carefully to tidy it up. It will be making new shoots under them for next year. Don't water with alkali water, rain water is best.

29/03/2013 at 21:55

wonder what colour your rhododendron will be - exciting

30/03/2013 at 10:59
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

On the last picture - what are the stems like?

Hi Rosa,

Here is a closer look at the stems. If the pic doesn't show them up well they seem to be healthy and strong.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20764.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

30/03/2013 at 11:02

Here is pic No 7 -

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20765.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 Usual questions from me do i cut these flowers off now, wait till after summers or never? If i do cut them how far back etc. Thanks again

30/03/2013 at 11:08

That's a mophead hydrangea. Here is a link about care and pruning.http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=516

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