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Hedging Choice

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:23

Wildlife friendly need not mean that is feeds them or is native. Many non-native plants support a wide range of wildlife. An evergreen hedge provides important nesting and shelter year round.

One of the best evergreen hedges that I have seen was a mix of colour - golden privet, red and pink photinia, Yew, Strawberry tree etc.

Planting a tree

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:52

Punkroc is correct. The modern method is for square holes and back filling with the same soil. That encourages the roots to seek nutrients and thus will be stronger in winds as the roots will be far and wide.

If heavy soil then planting the tree slightly higher, say 1inch, than the surround soil will help with drainage and soak water down to the roots.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:10

Yes, just spread them around acid loving plants or on bark paths.

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:14

I split several Washingtonia palms last year. I used a hose to remove most of the soil and they came apart with most of their roots intact quite easily. I added some bonemeal and feed and fresh soil and they have done well in the ground since. Trachycarpus are far hardier and will grow much bigger in the ground than in a pot.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:42

How regular is regular? I come and go when I have time and interest tbh. I like problem solving and if I can help I will do so.

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 21:40

My wife hates them but I think they look fine. I like finding old colonies of them. There is a colony of wild ones near Edinburgh airport, right by the road. I wonder how many people drive past never noticing South African plants thriving so far north?

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 18:22

I like kniphofia northiae. It is a monster.


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 09:36

Do you know what variety of Yucca they are? Few of them are hardy, some half hardy and most tender. The first pic does not look like a hardy Yucca though the second looks like Yucca Gloriosa which is.

Yellowing is a sign of deficiency of things like Nitrogen and Magnesium. A general feed would help. I would also improve drainage.

Just bought house with 2 acre woodland garden - Help!!!

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 09:58

I would not remove anything until you work out why it is there. For example doe sa tree or shrub provide a windbreak, soak up water or provide privacy.

Concentrating on paths sounds sensible. Being able to get through the garden without getting wet/mucky feet is a priority.

Creating several compost heaps to collate any removed plants and weeds would be a good start.

banana plant from seed!!!

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:19

Do you know what type of banana? Ensete are easier to germinate than other Musa.

First of all wash the seeds with hot water and a nail brush. They are covered with hormones that prohibit germination. Soak afterwards in warm water for 24 hours.

Easiest method is to get a ziplock sandwich bag, add the seeds, cover with compost and perlite, dampen soil and seal. Place on top of a heating boiler - you want the temperature difference of hot and cool. Failing that a hot water cupboard during the night and room temp during the day. After a few weeks/months, you should see them starting to germinate.

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