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How much is too much?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:30

I disagree with Patsy - you mulch what you do not want to grow. 2 inches of compost and bark and it will struggle to grow if at all. I would remove most of it around the plants you want to grow.

When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:54

"it was much Cheaper to get somebody in than buy all the material and do it myself"

That cannot be right as most of the cost of fencing is the labour costs in my experience.

Now is a good time to fix a fence. I would fix a fence immediately regardless of time of year.

small tree or bush

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:25

Photinia red robin is evergreen and can be shaped into a standard shape. Leaves are bright red when new and darken to deep green.

Am also a fan of Portuguese Laurel.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 09:49

kniphofia northiae is a rare evergreen and large red hot poker. eBay should be a source.

Britain's National Bird

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:42

Everyone loves Robins...

friend or foe?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:37

Looks like a Vine Weevil - kill it and the grubs now.

Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue Grass'

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:25

Agree with Verdun. They are hardy and I leave mine outside all year in the ground. 20C will be temperatures to germinate. Just acclimatise them to colder temperatures and they will do fine. I would leave them in the pot until they are much more mature otherwise you may confuse them with weeds. I have done such things in the past!

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 22:12

I would not amend the clay soil as it is just grass but if drainage is an issue (sitting water for more than ten minutes after heavy rain) then I would look at the lowest point in the lawn, cutting the turf up, remove all the clay and backfill with grit/rubble, cover the top 6 inches with compost and relay the turf. That should help as a quick and reliable fix.

Joe Swift's piece on Friday 13th March

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 22:09

They did have lovely semi-mature clumps in the planters. I have it and have a mix of whispy growth (I should remove it as it will not form thick poles and removing it will allow growth into existing poles) and semi-mature poles. They tend to come up green then go yellow in full sun. I feed my bamboo with chicken pellets and water it in summer. They do shed a lot of leaves at this time of year for some weeks/months.

Joe Swift's piece on Friday 13th March

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 21:10

Sure, it is Phyllostachys Aurea aka Golden Bamboo.

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