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Latest posts by blairs

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 19:55

My parents just mixed sand and varnish and apploied that after a clean...worked a treat!

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)
Welshonion wrote (see)

Anybody else think monkey puzzles are one of the ugliest trees?


yes i do welshonion, ghastly things and totally out of keeping with the English landscape.

I think that they add something. Native evergreen trees must number below 5 - Yew, Holly, Scots Pine? I usppose 400 years ago winter must have been a very brown place!

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:54

Chicken wire and that sticky tape with the sand like topping works.

Box Blight

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:26

Post a pic as Buxus has a number of problems. It might just be damage that caused dieback rather than Box Blight.

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 14:31

I would go for shrubs rather than trees. There are lots of beautiful shrubs out there, more so than trees. They tend not to have problem roots. Wirral is quite mild so you have a lot to choose from, I would go for shrubs that flower or are colored at different times of the year.

Talkback: How to protect tender plants over winter

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 17:00

You never put bubble wrap touching the plants themselves as that will rot the leaves.

For Musa basjoo, a hardy banana, all I do is wrap them with chicken wire, fill the straw and cover the top with plastic (not touching the plant itself)

Talkback: Make the most of a greenhouse in autumn

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 16:27

Greenhouses can protect from frost and frost damafe, but an unheated one will not protect from cold temperatures.

Talkback: How to protect tender plants over winter

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 12:22

There are large differences in the need for winter protection and when. I did not have a frost until the 1st Dec last year, this year it was the 5th Nov - even then it was -1C at the bottom of the garden and frost free near the house and garden walls.

I totally agree with Dove re only using fleece bags when needed and not just leaving them all winter, as you will get moulds/rot that will kill your plants.

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 22:51
Billy Goat wrote (see)

They are expensive to buy new but you can pick them up off a certain online auction site for a fraction of the price. 

That is because you do not need to use them for most of the year, people get bored of them taking up space and so sell them for a loss online!

What's this fatty?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 14:58

Provado Vine Weevil Killer is the way to go. Kill all the grubs you find, pour boiling water of the rest and then use Provado. I would also clean the tubers with running water to make sure you get the egss (too small to see) as per above. They really are a pest. Not nice to find a loved plant munched to death at the roots.

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