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26/05/2012 at 11:58

Hi i want to plant out two tree saps about three feet tall and my gunnera manicate but a freind says it is too hot and they will burn ion this heat.

I was thinking of planting them out in the evening when the heat is lower and put tons of water on them and manure in the hole with compost too.

also moving some other shrubs form one part of the garden to another part.

Ideas please Thank you

26/05/2012 at 12:47

I'm not a tree person, but I really don't think it makes much difference if you plant it midday or evening. Its roots will be hotter stuck in the pot as opposed to quickly getting it into the ground. Just plant it.

As for the shrub, it depends on the variety. Some shrubs/plants only liked to be moved when they're dormant usely around autumn time. Google its name and more info should appear or ask on here.

26/05/2012 at 12:56

Gunnera is a bog plant from South America, the heat is not going to affect it!

For trees, dig a hole 2 the diameter of the tree and just smaller than the height of the roots. Soak the planting hole with water and add some bonemeal and compost. Add the tree - you want the root ball to be slightly above the hole to stop it from drowning in heavy rain until the roots have grown.

26/05/2012 at 13:05

I don;t think it's a good idea to move shrubs in leaf now. However hard you try, you will damage the roots and stress the plants enormously in this heat. As already said, they're best moved in spring or autumn when it's mild and damp.

26/05/2012 at 13:50

Alina is right but sometimes needs must.  Unfortunately I'm having to clear out a whole flower bed because this horrible weed took over early in the year while I was poorly and unable to get into the garden.  I don't know what it is called - well I call it something unprintable..

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8012.jpg?width=326&height=350&mode=max

 So I am digging up every shrub and perrenial and getting them back to bare roots to eliminate every bit of this monster and then replanting elsewhere.  So far I have moved, amongst many others, a mini Lilac tree, Solomon's Seal in flower, Peony in flower (that drooped a lot but I cut off the flowers), Lavatera shrub (which drooped the minute it came out of the ground but is fine now), Irises just about to flower, Lupins in bud, Cotoneaster in flower, Red Hot Pokers in bud, Asters, Echinacea, Erginum (which I divided into 5 and it is two weeks in the new place and doing better than ever) - I won't bore you with the rest.  I've lost just one so far but I was losing everything under the weed. 

I'm still digging up and moving but as Hubs says, they have two chances.  I water every day and they all got some new compost and a bit of fertilizer into the hole before planting. 

Good luck.

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26/05/2012 at 14:06

Thank you to all for your help

26/05/2012 at 18:26

this plant flower looks like sorrel but the sorrel  plant comes up easy and I believe is annual so Im wondering if it is a dock leaf infestation which are a tough plant once they have esablished . can only be dug up and has a long root so Id go for spraying and leave it on long enough to get right down to the root.

26/05/2012 at 19:08

Hi Lucky3

It's definitely not an annual.  It usually starts with a little growth of leaves and when you dig it there are fine roots which go off in all directions.  On a dry day after rain it's reasonably easy to follow the root and get it out.  All along the root are tiny growths ready to break the surface.  We have it in our lawn and in most flowerbeds - thankfully not in the veggie plot.  I can usually keep it under control but I was poorly in the autumn and couldn't get the garden ready for winter and then again early spring so it just ran amok.  After I've cleared all the plants out of the ruined bed we will spray with strong weedkiller and then leave it a month, rotovate and flatten and turn it back to grass.  Less to do in the long run.

It is my most hated weed and I wish I knew what it was.  I don't think it is dock.  Tomorrow I will take some photos of the leaves and flowers and ask the question. 

26/05/2012 at 19:33

this plant flower looks like sorrel but the sorrel  plant comes up easy and I believe is annual so Im wondering if it is a dock leaf infestation which are a tough plant once they have esablished . can only be dug up and has a long root so Id go for spraying and leave it on long enough to get right down to the root.

 

Hi Robot , Don't know if you will get my first answer along with this as its still above this as Im writing.  but here goes  I will look  at the photo's and try to work out what they are.

26/05/2012 at 20:24

It really does look like sorrel, however there are two types of sorrel - common sorrel and sheeps sorrel. I've ruled out sheep because the shape of the leaves are wrong, so common sorrel gets my vote for now. Close-up pics may be better though.

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/sorrel_common.htm

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/sorrel.htm

27/05/2012 at 10:43

Thanks Marshmello - looks like the blighter but I don't want to hijack Pash2's thread so I'll post the photos on a new one. 

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