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Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 00:47

Hello Justin. I do gardening for a living and yes cats are a problem but then so are many other animals. I wear gloves ALL the time but I'm sure if I can live with the animals you can too Is it really worth raising your blood pressure over? I can think of more important things to get hot and bothered over.

Mare's Tail

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 00:34

Not sure where the 50ft of root came from  RHS says 7ft. Can't say I've ever dug all the way down to see how far it goes tho.

How best to plant my Astilbes in sandy soil

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 16:14

You could leave them in plastic pots and just bury them. That way when they need repotting you just lift, put in bigger pots and bury again 


Posted: 09/07/2013 at 14:50

Not too much sun then. Just wanted to check because they are better with shade from the hottest part of the least the roots are. Was there any sign of powdery mildew or aphid attack? Yes prune out old wood. This helps to let air circulate.

Mare's Tail

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 14:35

If the areas are completely clear of anything else you want to grow then make the soil inhospitable to growth. Use a heavy salt solution. Mares tail cannot grow in that. Just mix salt in a watering can and keep on it til it gives up. Cheap too.


Posted: 09/07/2013 at 11:06

Hi Gilly  harvest now. Just take off the leaves you want to use...and stems too if not too old...very tasty. Use as you would spinach very similiar in flavour but I do prefer chard to spinach.

Where do we start?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 11:01

Hi Eri  At this time of the year I would just tidy it up. No point in trying to move anything or do anything major as it is too warm now. Weeding would be a good place to start. Evil weeds....which aren't?! lol. The worst bindweed, horsetail and ground elder. Google to see if you have to deal with any of these. After that dandelions, dock and thistle. These all have long roots and you need to dig right down to remove all the root or they will just come back again. If you don't have time to dig them all out at least remove any flowers so they cannot seed. Remove weeds round plants and shrubs first then worry about other areas.

Now would also be a good time to remove spent flowers from plants. Posting any pictures would be helpful so we know what you have growing. Good luck and get stuck in! ....Oh and water!!!!!!


willow tree

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 08:55

It could do. As for which spray to use I don't know if there is a particular one as I have never treated it but would have thought somekind of systemic would work. I take it this is a small tree if you are considering doing this.


Posted: 09/07/2013 at 08:34

Morning everyone  Beautiful clear skies here and for once I can enjoy off! Love the name of that Astrantia Verdun. Not heard of it so gonna google see what it looks like.... Pretty and just found one with my name! Have to get that one.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 23:46

Hi Barbara. How much sun does it get?

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