Alina W

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Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:46

Do you think he'd have one of those aprons printed with an armour design?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:40

I think there is - the "edit" function, which used to work fine, fell over a few days ago, too.

Cutting back crossing branches on roses or not

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:03

By the way, April is a bit late to prune - Early March is better unless you're in a very cold area.

With the rest of your new garden, find out what the plants are before attempting to prune them, or you may cut off the year's flowers or damage the plants.

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Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:55

Oooh, I hope there's royalty - I've never met any.

That is, assuming I'm invited? Pretty please?

vine weed

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:49

There's no point in cutting the tops off bindweed - it will re-grow a fresh plant from any scrap of root that is left.

Put canes next to the growths and train the weed up it. Once it is several feet tall, carefully remove the stake and put the growth in a bin bag, and spray it thoroughly with a glyphosphate-based weedkiller and leave it to die in the bag. You will need to do this for a while, because you'll need to kill all the roots.

Cutting back crossing branches on roses or not

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:45

If they're tall and wrapped around posts then they are climbers, and don't need pruning other than to keep them in bounds - they're supposed to be tall. In future, just remove one or two of the oldest branches to the base so that you have a constant supply of healthy young branches that will flower well.

Salt and Vinegar

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:40

I've not found either to work well on larger weeds. Geoff's weed gun and Kate's boiling water are far more effective, although perennial weeds will come back.

Are Rhododendrons roots poisonous?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:37

Yes, they do - if you see them in the wild, then nothing will grow underneath them.

In your situation, it rather depends how large they are compared to the beech hedge, and how large you intend to let them grow. If you intend to keep them smaller than the hedge you should be OK, but planting them so close they may not thrive because of the hedge's roots and its demands for water.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:33

Because acers naturally grow under trees in leaf litter, a myth has developed that they need ericaceous soil. They will grow in ericaceous soil, but don't need it to thrive.

Cutting back crossing branches on roses or not

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:29

It's best to remove crossing branches to give the plant plenty of air, but you will obviously lose flowers. As a compromise, you could wait until they've flowered and then remove the branches.

In future, though, prune to an outward-facing bud to avoid the problem, and don't prune too hard unless your rose is a hybrid tea.

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