Latest posts by Abby2

Black spot on red robin bush

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 20:05

my red robin has the same  

most of the leaves appear to be affected and i assumed  it was due to the weather last year. I will try the suggested treatment above - thanks!


Posted: 18/12/2012 at 21:18

You have my sympathies Carney!  We have a very similar problem with our neighbour behind us who is an absolute pain with noise from cars and from his garage!  Due to him cutting some trees down we were also left with no privacy from his side windows and we have gone for Cherry Laurel for fast growing dense screening.  Mine is currently growing in a similar sized gap between my fence and greenhouse but getting big very quickly so I fear greenhouse will have to go - privacy is more important to me and it won't be getting any sun/light soon! I have a pyracantha to add to my screen too but is growing nowhere near as fast as the laurel.  I also have a Solanum Crispum which has grown very quickly and is semi evergreen and is currently supported by a trellis on stilts next to the fence - might be another option?

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 20:05

For me, the size is fine but I think the quotes spoil the lovely photographs!

Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 16:54

Ok thanks - will take a look at that site



Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 20:30

This may seem like a very random question but before I ask a local gardener for a quote, I wondered if anyone would know the approx cost of paying someone to erect a trellis screen in a flower bed alongside a patio.  It would need to be approx three 6 x 6 ft panels with fence posts.

Many thanks for any ideas/advice..



Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:01

Thank you for the replies - all much appreciated.  I will try the sulphur and hope for the best next year.  It's the dense foliage I love about this tree - it is perfect for screening and looks so beautiful throughout spring- autumn. 

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 20:54

Thanks for the reply and the suggestion - that might work quite well as a replacement as long as it gives good coverage ..

Remove Robinia Tree?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 20:01

Hi, I've posted before about my Robinia tree which appears to have succombed to the disease that has destroyed a great many of these trees recently

Although after a slow start, it has actually been very beautiful and made a lot of growth during the year almost doubling in size (it is still a young tree).  However, brown patches appeared on the leaves similar to the beginning of this disease and they have mostly now fallen off. 

I am wondering whether to remove the tree now or whether to give it another year to see what happens and potentially have to pay a tree surgeon to take it out if it gets much bigger?

I love this tree but I need it for a privacy issue so would want to get started with another tree asap so it doesn't leave a gap for too long!

Many thanks for any advice


Small Trees For Privacy

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 21:44

Have you considered a raised hedge?  Expensive but you wouldn't lose any space underneath and would provide a fairly instant screen.

I have a similar problem with overlooking upstairs windows and have planted a Sorbus as they do have that rounded, dense shape.  It's a lovely tree but rather slow growing compared to the Prunus I have also put in.  You could also shape a Cherry laurel into a standard (as someone on here told me!)  which I am in the process of doing to create some evergreen privacy along with my deciduous trees.


Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 21:03

I pruned mine in Nov/Dec last year and it seemed fine.  My tree hasn't produced any flowers or berries this year but is only 3 yrs old so that could be why.  Hopefully someone with a more mature tree will come along with some advice.  They are such lovely trees but I'll admit mine has looked a bit sorry for itself the latter end of the season with leaves coming off early - maybe didn't like the weather!

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