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Conifers perishing?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:54

It would not be acidic/ericaceous soil if it had lime in it (such as spent mushroom compost). I would ditch the limestone and use something else as drainage. The browning can just be wind burn, lack/too much water or frost damage. A lot of confiers have browned new growth from the late frosts earlier in April. Depending on type of conifer I would be tempted to prune it off. New growth might just hide it though.

Talkback: Trees for small gardens

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 21:47

Rowans get big quite quickly. My whip (50cm) this time last year grew to 8ft by autumn last year. I expect it to branch out this year.

Eucatlyptus do grow too large too quickly - 5 years to 20-30ft. The problem is it does grow too quickly and the roots are shallow and in strong winds have a tendancy to fall over. Not good in a small garden as you pick up the damage of a heavy 20ft tree.

Paulowina is a good choice as they grow quickly but you cut them down and they regrow to 6ft every year with large leaves.

House plant ID Please

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:55

It is a South African plant called Senecio - not sure which type of Senecio though. They can take light frost if the soil is dry but no hard frosts.

Border edging

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 15:08

Use log roll again but back it with cheaper wood such as old pallet wood or wood from the likes of B&Q etc. That way you only ever need to change the cheap wood at the back every 5-10 years and the logs stay looking good.

Trachycarpus fortunei (Windmill palm)

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 11:45

Can you post a pic? They do get those brown tips and patches even before emerging after damp weather and it has been damp for over a year now.

Moving a tree in a pot

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 21:57

My only advice is to prune in winter (after the lovely leaves have fallen) to your own preference and shape.

My 2 Katsura where the first ones to leaf this year.

Splitting 2 Amelanchiers

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:37

I would also wait till autumn but would also be nosey to see how easy the trees are to pull apart. 2 years after bare-root makes me think that they could be splt quite easily with minumum damage...they are tough trees.

Moving a tree in a pot

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:13

I have Katsura (Cercidiphyllum Japonicum). They take a pruning in autumn, so can be any size you need. I have had mine for 10 years and it is still only 8ft with a thin canopy. They do need good drainage, so make sure the new home has lots of added grit.

The price of compost

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:32
Gold1locks wrote (see)

Just finished my last bag of Westlands (good stuff) and bought 3 bags of Asda MP 70 litres for £10 9as I was in the store anyway. It is rubbish for seeds, clumping and woolly, a clearly visible mix of different coloured stuff ranging from dark brown to almost white shreddings. No way you could sprinkle a fine layer to cover small seeds.It will be fine for what I plan to use it for - bedding plants in pots that I will top up with liquied fertiliser. For the extra £1 I'll go back to Westland

Have the same experience of Asda compost - it also dries out easily, too easily, OK for filling in pots, raised beds etc.

Homebase is a good compost and always on 4 for 3.

Builders Bag

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:41

Why does she want them in a builders bag? It sounds rather inelegant and I think they will burst in a few years, esp after a wet cold winter. If you had the builders bag (the 1 ton ones?) then use pallet wood to make a planter around it - it will look less naff and will last.

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