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Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:01

Gosh, that is high. I had to ask if you got the height wrong!

I would go for an evergreen hedge or a tall thin pleached hedge of Hornbeam (they can be kept 30cm thick). That allows you to keep a border.

Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:41

Sea Buckthorn grows like mad round here and is a good screening shrub/tree. You can eat the berries, if you really wanted to.

The other usuals are cotoneaster, guelder rose, and Phormiums.

Fatsia (the bog standard one) does really well if you can shelter from the worst of winds. The various varities of Fatsia will also do well in sheltered spots.

Which tool to break soil the best

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:22

I use a fork (dtich the spade on heavy clay - I have lost 4) to break up the soil. A pick axe is also good where needed and then I add materials.

Compost and manure will help as Clueless has said. The frosts do shatter clay. I also add in lots of perlite, bark chippings and grit. Forget sand as that and clay can make concrete in summer! It does improve.

I also tried trenching in scraps of food and garden waste, that attracts worms and they do a lot of backbreaking work for you for that waste!


Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:16

I was also going to suggest Tamarisk.

Holly, Loquat, Mahonia, Euctalyptus etc all come to mind.

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:54

While I find TV gardening programmes to be on the whole a bit 'decorative' rather than informative, they do make me motivated to go out and sort things and get the odd bit of inspiration.

The garden makeover in 30 minute shows are great but usless unless you have a landscaper and £10,000 for hard landscaping and labour. Normal gardeners have to take years to get the same effect.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:24

5 metres long is about the length of my you mean long?

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:18

5 metres or feet? 5 metres is about 1.5 stories housewise.

You can buy 2-5 metre tall Bamboo that is evergreen and screening, but taller it is the more ££ it is.


Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:15

If kept in the pot, then a cold greenhouse. If in the ground then raise it a bit so the soil drains. Those 1970's Pampas grass islands with raised earth and a treat for Miscanthus.

Zones in gardening terms?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:13
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

Do you think that US gardeners rely on RHS ratings? Horses for courses.

Well said!

Zones in gardening terms?

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 15:53

Totally agree with the above. Those hardy ratings only look at minimum temperatures and as we have mild winters but very wet ones, hardy ratings are useless.

Our winters are wet, mild and long. American ones are shorter, colder and drier.

The trebrown map above puts me in 9a which is the same as California and Florida... alas our weather is not at all like that.

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