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Rowan shedding leaves

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:18

Is the ground dry/very wet (perhaps a high water table)? I have a few juvenile trees that suffered by the low rainfall until very recently, though I would have suspected that a 20+ year old tree would have roots deep enough to sail through.

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:15

There are a few large ponds near my house (about 100 metres away) and my garden have 4 this year - 7 last, and one Toad. Scare the living day out of me at time when I am weeding and the jump, but welcome none the less.

Tree paeony

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:13

You never know it may come back - place it somewhere out of the way. If it comes back then good, if not them you have something to add to the compost.


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:12

If Leylandii are not trimmed regularly then suddenly cutting them just looks awful. I would just replace them with something more in keeping.

Flag stones on to grass area

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:04
Chris Trotman wrote (see)

Hi Ade, Can I suggest that you use both. 2M sq is quite big and with youngsters bouncing around in your wendy house this can add to settlement. I would suggest: remove turf, complact ground, lay s/sand, compact, scrape level with long bit of wood, lay slabs, get kids to jump up and down on slabs, check for levelness, if ok build w/house. The better the preparation the longer it will last.

Well said - exactly what I was going to write!

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!

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