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Latest posts by blairs

New Yew

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:05

The golden colour is a sign of being pot bound and a good feed seveal time should restore the verdant green colour. As per Verdun, why do you have them in pots?

will a diesel spill kill the grass

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:45

If you diluted it with lots of water at the time, then it should be OK.

Plant Identification

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:52

Dwarf Sawara Cypress? It is aka Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Tops'. Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis' is also sorial and slow growing but not sure if it is a dwarf tree.

What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:40

Stick to hardy palms - Trachycarpus and Chammies are very hardy, Washingtonia and the Canary Island Date Palms are half-hardy, perhaps more in a very sheltered spot.

Ravenala can go outside in summer but need to come inside or in a heated greenhouse in winter. They will eventually grow too big.

What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:13

Same as every year - various ensetes, Musa Basjoo, Hedychium and other Gingers, hardy Schefflera and palms.

laurel hedge will not grow near leylandii tree.

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:13

I would dig at the boundary with a spade, severing all the roots and keeping it open to stop more Leylandii roots coming in would help. I would then rake in lots of manure and feed into the area where the Laurels are. Watering them for a year or so until they are established would help.

What can I plant in a shaded north facing garden?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:46

A lot of the japonica's would work - Fatsia, Skimmia, Mahonia, Aucuba...

Front Garden Wall

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:37

The nicest evergreen hedge that I have seen was Leylandii. They key is to prune it regularly.

Beech looks classy.

Talkback: Scarifying a lawn

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:32

You can use compost but you are better to use a dressing made out of peat, sand and a fine compost. I rake in this after scaryfying the lawn and adding some seed. It is still early to do these things - April is normally the ideal time.

How to use a cold frame

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 14:41

A slab in full sun will be warmer than gravel. Black slabs will store heat and white ones reflect it Lucy.

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