Alina W

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major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:25

Don't panic - the problem with silverleaf is that it travels in moist air. As long as you pruned in a dry, warm period you have a very good chance of being fine.

Strawberries for the north

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:22

If you fancy something different, alpine strawberries might be for you - they will be fine in the climate.

But I have to warn you that they are very small, so the crop won't be enormous.

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:19

Agree with what's been said, although you might have a chance with deeply-planted daffodils.

dicentra silly mistake

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 23:36

Put the dicentra in the border - it won't do well in the pot for very long, as their roots do spread. They're not difficult to control.

Meantime, you could add some small bulbs to your pot for the spring - snowdrops, for example, will cope with shade.

Plastic boxes to overwinter?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 19:41

I agree with Dove - the pelargoniums won't stand frost or extreme cold, and they also wouldn't like the humid atmosphere in a box.


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:47

You can keep it on until you see roots, but you need to take it off every couple of days and dry it thoroughly, or the cuttings may rot and the temperature in it may rise too high.

You're effectively making a mini-propagator.

cherry tree

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:45

All you can really do is keep it damp - not soggy - and see what happens.

It may not produce anything until next spring, or it may not produce anything at all and die.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:23

Hi Dave, you can train green back through it - I've done it myself. But it does take time.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:05

I can see scraps of green there - your alternative is to train up those scraps to cover the bare areas, as it'll be difficult to establish other plants amongst the roots.

Also, if this is a dividing hedge, make sure you don't upset your neighbour if you choose ivy, as it could go through the tree and damage his side.

Transforming a tired overgrown lawn

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:00

You say a digger is coming in - whatever you do, don't let it take off the top 20cm of soil or so to get rid of weeds. If you do, you'll lose your topsoil and be left with only subsoil, where plants will struggle to grow.

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