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Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:48

I don't chicky I just cut flower stalks and a bit below. I cut hard back in spring x


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 21:44
waterbutts wrote (see)

Sorry Addict RHS advice says " never prune plums in winter because of the risk of silver leaf disease."

Thats what I'm trying to say. Any pruning should be done no later than July or the break will not have healed up enough to get through the winter


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:35

Find yourself a good strong sturdy branch with a fork at the top and prop it for now as you see on old mulberrys etc in London. Then when you have your fruit and the weight is reduced try and tape it back together for now. It is the worst time to prune a plum. It will be open to infection by "silver leaf" if you do it now.,+August+funnies,+peach+tree+013.JPG




Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:05

Awww Smokin you're just not appreciated enough. I would love a handyman around to fix things, make good from old etc. Perhaps she was just having a bad day.  

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:41

Put the augustus in the middle of your planters, they will be taller than the Munstead. Plant about a foot and a half apart for a nice thick hedge.

Because of our unpredictable weather I prune twice. Once when flowers finished to about an inch below flower stems, then again in spring around end of March beginning of April depending on weather....didn't this year as weather so appalling! Usually I cut then to new growth appearing at bottom of stems so pretty hard back.

I have a lavender hedge getting on for 12 years old now and still looking good 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:32




Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:29

Best to rotivate heavy clay soils in the winter to let the frost get at it. Once rotavated leave it to the cold to break it up more then just cover in manure/compost etc ready to dig in come the spring. Your back will thank you in the long run 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:21

Dig it up stick it in a pot and see what it turns into. Then if it is bamboo you won't have to wrestle it out of the ground.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:18

Went to visit an NGS garden last week and they had an enormous tree that must have been hit by lightning or something. A huge branch had broken half off so instead of removing it they put a big post opposite, leant the broken branch on the top of the post, making a big square arch, and grew Montana up the dead tree and an Akebia up the post. Looked amazing! 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:55
chicky wrote (see)

Addict  - what do you do when you have got them out - ie to get them ready for planting again?  Is my plan of loads of horse muck going to work, or do I need something more??

Yes chicky. Anything and everything to improve the soil. 

Fairygirl I wish you were closer  I would give it a go even if it meant digging to Australia lol. How tall is the stump thats left? Could you grow a short clematis over it? 

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