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Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:53

The weed prove how good gravel is at germinating seeds! The trapped heat and moisture is perfect. Good when it happens to wanted plants, not so good when it is weeds.

Rowan tree issues

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:34

Can you fork around the area to aerate the soil?

Say NO to slug food.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:21

Picking off the slugs at night with tweezers and blue pellets does work. The problem is Vine Weevils and Caterpillars can be more destructive and less slugs can mean more food for them.

Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 15:56

They are slow growing - hence the price! Looks great after 5-6 years. Honestly worth the wait.

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 13:18
punkdoc wrote (see)

Blairs. I dont like to disagree but I have a number of Rhodes and in 10 years they have probably only doubled in size.

Obviously there are many species but, the majority are slow growing.

It depends on where you live. If you live in an area with poor dry sandy soil or alkali soil, then they will be crap. If you have rich acidic soil with wet weather, then they are rampant.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 13:15

I have seen Bamboo grow over and break concrete - compost in a pot is not going to stop it!

hedge ideas for privacy

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:42

What is wrong with keeping the conifers clear to say 6.5ft and leaving the rest as a screen? They will not be taking up any of the garden that way. You can make a slight raised bed to plant underneath.

Pleached hornbeam is going to be bare for 8 months of the year and provide zero privacy and is very expensive.

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 11:16

I bought a few Azalea from Morrisons and Homebase last year. The Morrisons one was £5 I think and it has trebled in size to about 50cm by 70cm.

Rhoddies grow large and fast - esp pontus.

Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 15:30

They need well draining soil. They are forest plants, so used to soil being on the dry side.

I have Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' and it is in semi-shade and doing well this year - it is in a large well draining pot.

 

What are the fields of yellow flowers I see everywhere now? " />

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 08:09

Driving past fields of Rape seed gives me an intense headache. Not a pleasant smell at all, but from a distance they do look attractive.

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