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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:08

Move all the pots and troughs now, even just lifting and putting them back in the same place. You do not want to get to the moving day and find pots that have broken and all the contents spill out as you move them.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:04

The grass will thicken but I would be tempted to fork over the bare areas (which will help drainage), add sandy compost, some grass seed and then some more sandy compost to fill those areas out and keep watering the lawn. You have done well as seeded lawns can take a year or so to look good.

Cutting the lawn - I would wait till it it looks like it needs it, longer the better but certainly you can cut it before then end of this month if you use the highest mower setting.

If the water pooling continues then keep forking over the lawn and adding sandy compost afterwards to keep the lawn decompacted.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 09:25


Hedges sit and do little for the first 2 years as they put down roots. Year three onwards expect them to get thicker and taller by up to 30cm. You will need to improve the soil before planting where Leylandii was as the soil will have no nutrients left


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:38

Beech whips cost pennies, esp bare root. Beech is unlikely to grow from clippings as they are poor are putting out roots and dry out and die. Wait a few months and buy a hedge - at least you will know they will leaf in Spring.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:35

Dahlia Imperialis is very easy from seed. They get to around 1 metre in their first year then rocket afterwards. If lucky you get flowers late in autumn - so more foliage/bamboo affect.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:57

Does not help you now, but Amelanchier do fine in my clay soil. I just break up the area around it mix in soil and bark (to keep the soil around the roots light) and it has been growing away.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:53

Phyllostachys is not clump forming! They are slow to run but will do.

Fargesia are clump forming and are the ones to go for for a border screen.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:52

Am loving the plants from Coblands - there are also discount vouchers online for them. Well packaged and large shrubs and some unusual plants.

Crocus is also very good - would also be happy to recc. them.

I would avoid J Parkers, Thompson and Morgan, Van Meulan etc as their plants are 9cm pots.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 16:02

They are ofter grafted, so if pruning back, do not cut back too much. I would be inclined to thin the canopy by removing some of the branches now and thin again next spring. That should not stress the Robinia Frisia too much.


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:50

It sounds like caterpillar larave and eggs. I would not have cut them down. Over wintering depends on local conditions. It rarely gets to below 0 where I live and (excluding last Dec), winter is not too wet, so Gladioli can be left in well draining soil. If not I lift them then place in a box wrapped in newspaper till March and re pot.

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