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Young trees

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:16

Keep watering them and they may come back next spring. Sometimes the whole of the top of the tree dies back and growth is only at the bottom of the trunk.

Box Topiary dried out

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:14

Agree with fidgetbones though in my experience they never come back after drying out and going yellow unless you catch it early.

Talkback: Clover in lawns

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 19:57

I do not mind Clover lawns - in the park. Too much looks like you have the gardening skills of a drunkard. To get rid of it you need to rake the clover in all directions to lift the stalk before mowing it close. Herbicides kill the foliage but not the roots, so it comes back, though very weakened. You must remove the flowers (yes Bees like it but it is your lawn not a wildlife preserve) as they contain 100's of black seeds that germinate easily.

Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 18:53

It has been very dry this year and Blueberries are bog plants in the summer. I have lost 2 'top hat' as I moved them into a raised bed that is too well draining (legacy of last years wet weather!). Think that is why you are losing the flowers/fruit. The wind can also knock them off.

Uneven lawn

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 14:15

Do not use those lawn rollers that you fill with water to weigh them down - they do not work!

The old fashioned, but very heavy, metal ones do flatten the lawn but unless you know someone with one then they are difficult to find (and are normally rusty).

Unless the electric ones are pneumatic then I cannot see them working, not that I have seen one. You need weight to flatten compacted lawns.

Cutting the lawn and then removing excess soil or filling the dips with soil does work...I have had to resort to the same but you still get bare poatches where the lawn mower hits the high points and then you have uneven grass!

Can anyone identify this plant please?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:56

Agree on Liatris.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:01

I would go for pots, even council 'gardeners' would not cut or poison those. My estate is private and we have communal areas that we pay for upkeep. The 'gardeners' do not know what plants are and cut the grass so low that it is mostly gone now. The borders are full of weeds most of the year and then sprayed (killing the shrubs!) in autumn. I planted 20 2 year old tree saplings, all grown by myself and kids and they ripped all of them out although it was clear what they where.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:39
flowering rose wrote (see)

Any one live next to Glaston bury?


I know people next to T in the Park and they do not mind the noise for a few days. They put up barriers weeks in advance around the site but tidy up quickly. The exclusion zone and road closures is actually good for them as the roads are then very quiet.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:35

Are they in full sun? If so then they need watering. They grow lanky in full sun with the leaves going red with more shade and moisture they stay bushier and green. mine is in semi-shade in a damp spot and it is dark green.

Any ideas please?

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 22:12
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Could it be cuckoo spit? 

If so you need do nothing - they little froghoppers will not harm an established shrub. 


Seem to have loads of cuckoo spit in my garden this year!

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