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Phyllostachys Aurea

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:32

Make sure the pot is not top heavy. Picking up a fallen pot in the middle of a storm is not fun, especially not after the 10th time. When it falls it damages the top growth and can damage the roots. I find troughs work best...and in the ground better. I would not bother in the ground if you want to move it next year.

I put a golden bamboo in the ground earlier this year, added lots of chicken pellets and bone meal and it has doubled in size, with lots of strong 6ft tall canes.

two hedges

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:43

Yes you can move them as long as you keep them watered. Buxus/Box take an age to get to 1 metre.


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 19:33

I'm with the cut off a non-flowering branch and stick that cutting in water group. Should root within a few weeks.


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:46

Portuguese Laurel is a great privacy shrub. Grows quite fast, evergreen. easily pruned and takes shade and sun.

garden help

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:30

What are you doing for 15-20 hours per week in the garden? I do about 2 hours at most in a week - cutting grass, pruning, watering etc.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:24

"That's a datura, their flowers grow upwards, brugmansia flowers dangle downwards"

Correct. Brugs are also much larger...mine are 7ft now.


Dead blades of grass in lawn

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:18

I always have a rubbish lawn as the ground underneath is really hard with clay soil and lots of kids and me on it, so really trying this year. I de-thatched in spring, added feed, aerated etc yet mine still had all that dead bits of grass. My lawn mower needs a new blade as that could also be part of the problem. Taking the rake out and raking up the dead bits, keeping the mower on the top setting and watering all has helped green it up. Good luck!

Autumn bliss

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:14

If you just planted them this year then they should be putting down roots first then top growth. They are spreaders so even if you get nothing this year you will next. I got my first ripe raspberries 2 weeks ago...they come earlier every year. I think the first year mine fruited in late August/Sept.

Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:56

Do you know what variety of Ceanothus it is? I would be tempted to cut it down and see if it regrows and vigour.

Dead blades of grass in lawn

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:43

Mine looks the same. I raked over it to take out the thatch at the weekend and it looks better already.

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