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Latest posts by blairs

Christmas tree

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:08

The sheds (B&Q, Homebase etc) will have them from late November.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 11:06

The answer is to improve the soil. Add in lots of manure, bark and compost to improve the structure. Do not walk on beds when you have done so. Over time it will be lighter.

Why do you need to use a spade so much? I only use forks (garden and hand) on my clay loam soil as I have lost so any spades at the beginning. My cheap as anything fork has lasted. I rarely need to dig anything up now and rarely use a spade.

Soil Liquefaction?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 12:12

When you walk on it can you see water come up or when you dug into it?

Soil Liquefaction?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:37

If it is a new build then they normally come with a 10 year warranty on builder defects. if you soil is liquid then it sounds like a lot of water is getting in but then draining enough to not flood out...leaking pipe? Your builder should carry out tests and meet all costs. If it is not a leaking pipe then you may need a french drain.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:28

I could never get window boxes right. I tried the formal evergreen in middle with smaller annuals at each side. The symmetry is pleasing but over time boring. Trailing plants work well but in summer greenfly seem to feast and lurk too well and you can get too much growth. Then the continual watering that is required. I bought a much deeper zinc trough and it can still get dry but no where near as bad. I have plants that like dry conditions in my troughs/window boxes now.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 08:41

The window box looks too shallow and small and will thus dry out too quickly. I would invest in a much larger window box.

The hanging basket is also in the way!

conifer move

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:21

September is the best time to move conifers. Dig as much root as possible and it should find its way, keep it well watered and add general feed to the roots.

Best hemerocallis

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:18

I have Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbery'. It is rather plain but very hardy and very reliable. For colour try 'Amadeus' or 'Red precious' yellow and red respectively.

Bargain plants put to bed

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:15

Looks great. I would not have added membrane as I causes more problems with drainage (not good for Yucca variegata etc) than it solves. Dirt also accumulates on top of the membrane and that allows weeds to grow. So next time I would avoid the time and expense of membrane.

 

I like the little lawn but my practical side wonders how you are going to cut it - scissors? (I am known to edge using scissors btw!)

What's eating my magnolia?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:04

It is caterpillar damage. Time of year for them.

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