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Is it time to prune my red robin?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:02

Hi All,

With this forums help last help I got about 50 red robin planted, and although they wheren't the best specimens they have all taken well. My goal is to create a bushy, medium ish sized hedge so want to know whether to do any pruning at this stage?

 As you can see in the first photo, a number of the plants have a long growth of branch on one side - i'm worried whether i need to cut these right back at all to create the bushyness long term?

In general what should my strategy be for these coming months and the year please?

Some of the others are much more bushy, and may need a different approach to the long ones:

 Finally, I know the beds need weeding, bark and weed sheets arrive this week .

Best mulch to get for slimbed tapering toward path

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:53

Hi All,

I have some box that will take a few more years to do much shading yet. The weeds are already ridiculous and I am struggling to find time to tackle this part of the garden regularly, so I'd like to put something on top of the dirt to help me out a bit in preventing the weeds. The bed isn't very wide (maybe 1 - 2 foot).

The 'bed' slightly tapers toward a public path so I want one that's least likely to 'spill off''. I also don't wish to break the bank too much if possible? Would bark chipping work?

I have another much wider bed that I might do similar on so may be best to match, so thats where cost comes in a bit more...

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 10:45

Thankyou I will pot some spares for sure. What would be the most cost effective thing to use as a wind break? Not sure what to ask for at the local garden centre.

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 08:17

Yes they were, I'm gardening on a budget this year sadly. Would you chop off the longer shoots now and then reevaluate late spring?

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 07:53

Morning all,

I'll attach a couple photos underneath. I have have 50 odd red robin Photina to plant, the idea is to make a nice thick hedge. They have arrived with established roots in their pots. I am new to shrubs so have a few questions:

- The plants are very varied, some like the first photo have little leaf and I'll plant as is and others might have 2 shoots making an extreme 'V' pointing out either side - kind of like the second photo but on both sides. Should I prune these more extreme ones in anyway as I plant? Or shall I leave them and prune in the spring? In either case could you describe where to prune?

- Theres a public path on one side where these will go, how far in should I plant these to be fair on passers by? I want to lose as little garden as possible but dont want to annoy people so am happy to keep the hedge thin once established.

- In terms of spacing I think a foot between each should be about right?



Strawberry tree - pruning to keep height and make wider?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 19:27

haha, possibly, though our neighbour has one similar looking to my purple one and its been there for years

Strawberry tree - pruning to keep height and make wider?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 19:13

Unusure on the fruit, I think it flowers soon...

Strawberry tree - pruning to keep height and make wider?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 18:56

Hi all,

I've potted a couple plants on the front side garden in order to hide the charging point of my new car. I live in a pretty good area but theres no harm disguising it a bit just incase.


One of the plants is a lovely strawberry tree which I put in the bigger pot a week ago. My question is on pruning strategy, I wouldnt mind it being wider but would like to keep it with foliage in covering about where it is, it could move slightly up and still be ok, but not too much more - when and how would you prune to achieve this?

As a second (bonus) question, I may choose to add a potted plant on the left that perhaps covers up the orange cable, so wouldnt need to be as tall but perhaps sit in a long pot, the photo is taken facing north so it will get a fair amount of sun apart from the shade of the strawberry tree.

(My apologises for the grass, this part of the garden will be plum slate next year to make a double drive so its a little unloved)


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 10:58

So would you now just mow it once a week through to october, leave it and then regularly mow next year? There are frequent large gaps with little to no grass, about 1 meter by 1 metre.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 10:23

Hi All,

In the spring I killed off alot of moss (the front garden was nearly as much moss as grass) as I don't think the previous owners had ever done it, and then scarified it out.

Now we are reaching september I am thinking about making the lawn look less like a bomb field.

 The grass is now very clumpy and i need to fill in the gaps. Whats going to be the best technique to overseed, mix seed with something from the garden centre?

My guess is I'll mix the seed with some sort of soil that ill buy, rake around and pull out any weeds and then just chuck down the soil grass mix and keep it watered if we have a dry September?

When walking over the lawn its very bumpy, will filling in the no grass areas sort this out a bit or is that a seperate issue to sort?

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