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Asian Garden Design Help With Advice

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 20:50

Using lots of evergreen plants will give the effect - lots of different Bamboo's, hardy Palm trees, Fatsia japonica, Aucuba japonica, Mahonia japonica, Kerria, Skimmia, Phormiums, Miscanthus etc.

Would you should do is go to - then look up tropical style gardens and the site allows you to create a scrapbok of photos. You can then show that to a reasonable landscaper to create. That will save some time. It will not be cheap as you are buying a lot of plants, hard landscaping, raised beds and man hours etc. 

Poultry manure pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:14

Chicken pellets are good for green growth. I always through in a handful of it when I plant such trees, palms, grasses, Cordylines, shrubs etc. You can top dress with it as well.

My Acer is growing in to a T

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:28

Some Acers do have this habit and it is a matter of taste as to if it looks good or not. Just prune the offending branch now at the point it joins the main trunk.

J Parkers

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:30

Verdun is correct - their bulbs are good but other plants can be hit or miss. I have had more good than bad. The one time I complained I attached photos to prove that they had died and told them I want a refund or replacement. They can't argue with a photo.

A lovely place to work (the area)

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:55

Where I used to work had lots and lots of manicured Beech hedging and formal planted avenues of trees. Was a pleasure to walk around it. What I did like was the giant Hogweed which grew near the river - it contrasted with everything else. An other invasive but good looking plant.

Lawn treatment

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:33

April sounds more sensible to me as well for weed and feed.

I spent several hours yesterday scarifying the lawns, raking up the debris (4 black bags full). Lots of moss this year. I use Westland weed and feed and the lawn did look better for a while last summer but I did have a lot (the 4 bags) of moss and thatch....and I scarify every year.

I'll try another weed and feed this year, see if it is any better and top dressing.

Suggestions for Hiding Ugly Back Fence

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 10:25

I would put in a 4ft wooden fence and cut back the vegetation on the other side to give a view. If you want privacy then I would put in a 6ft fence.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 13:55

Cutting off the ponds water supply would be the first step. If it has a lining then removing that or at least puncturing it would be the second step. Adding more compost would gradually build it up and the wildlife in their would start to leave quite quickly. You can leave the lining if you want a bog style garden of course.

End of the day it is your garden and therefore has to suit you...the wildlife found the pond they will find another.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 10:17

You can grill across the pond: about an inch underneath the water. It looks good and is safe for young kids. As per above, I have lots of frogs and no pond.

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:49

She sounds like she has issues in her life than are being manifested by her behavour to you and the state of her garden. You should therefore not take it personally.

I would put up a solid fence then an evergreen hedge and then forget about her and that garden.

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