Alina W

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Will anything grow in here??

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 23:52

In truth, not a lot likes growing under pine trees, although you could try native bluebells, for example. When clearing bracken, remember that its spores can be carcinogenic. This might bee useful:

Digging Up Potatoes.... found an EGG!!

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 23:34

Could it be a fox stealing duck eggs somewhere? They bury eggs.


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 22:10

The torches are good for annuals, and they will also fry seeds near the surface. But I think their greatest appeal is the satisfaction you get in burning weeds

Damson fruit

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 22:05

If "sap" appears on the fruit it can also be a sign of wasps feasting on the fruit.

Font changed?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 22:04

No change for me, Dave - have you changed browsers, perhaps?

Almond tree issue

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 22:02

Does the rest of the tree show any signs of ill health?

Beech Hedge Dying - Advice Please

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:20

Is the dead plant near a wall, or a very soggy piece of ground, perhaps?

Overgrown Leylandii Tree

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:09

No, it's not a hedge. You need to have someone look at it and decide whether it is dangerous before anything else, and proceed from there.

Clueless beginner with weedy, uneven garden

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:04

Topsoil is the nutritious, fairly fine soil which lies on top of the subsoil. Most plants want to have their roots in topsoil in order to grow well, although trees and most bushes will cope with the tougher subsoil. Grass, however, needs topsoil, as do most of the more delicate flowering plants. Topsoil is anywhere between 10-30cm deep, depending how lucky you've been, but it's very common for builders moving onto a new site to strip the topsoil and sell it separately. It's also rather common for them to leave all their rubbish behind - bits of wire, brick, roof tiles and plaster - and cover it with a few shovelfuls of soil. When you kill the present greenery, you will need to have a look at the bumps and peaks and see what's causing them. You may find that you have quite a few  barrowloads of rubbish lurking which will leave holes that need filling; you may also find that the soil is extremely poor, so you might want to consider buying topsoil to improve matters.

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Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:40

I think you may be better adding it to the compost heap - as Ladybird says, it's acid, and doesn't contain much in the way of useful nutrients.

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Sparse flowering cherry

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