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Overgrown Garden

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 22:17

I would set the mower to medium or high and go over the whole lawn. You then dispose of the cuttings how you wish (compost, bin, burn). It will look yellow and brown in places but it will be green soon enough. If you are lucky the lan will be flat and you can add a fertiliser (prob an autumn one) to help the green-ness come along.

I would wait till winter before pruning shrubs to minimose damage to them. If you are getting rid of them then now is fine. You can prune back ivy at any time.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 16:58

obelixx - if I was the neighbour I would be more unhappy with loads of holes being drilled into my wall for some wires to support a climber getting heavier very year, ripping off the rendering and causing dampness. Self clingers do not damage walls, they do take advantage of any damage though and make it worse. Personally he is better of leaving the wall alone and planting in front of it with the likes of Italian Cypress that have shallow roots and gives the height without destroying a neighbours wall. Giving permission to put some plants on a wall one year then angry exchange in 5 years over a bill for dampness and rendering failing...not a good mix.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 15:09

You are really looking for a self clinging climber. Montana, Wisteria, Russian Vine, Jasmines, are all non-clinging and will need support - a lot of support all over the wall and wire is expensive. I also think you need to go for an evergreen or for most of the year you will be looking at the bare wall.

Self clinging climbers and evergreens are Hedera (Ivies), some Hydrangea and Virgina Creepers. A mix of an evergreen Ivy and Creeper will look good and not that expenses. Should cover the wall quite quickly as well.

When the self clingers are established you can add the like of Clematis - they can piggy back on them.


slug slime

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 14:59

Use tweezers, you can get plastic one them for pennies. I also put them in salty water then down the drain.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 13:04

Clarkia of all things is a self seeder...hundreds of seedlings every year...pretty colour but not the most elegant of plants. So is quite invaisive. All depends on your soil, aspect etc what is invaisive and what is not!

Japanese knotweed

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 23:20

You can also eat Bindweed shoots and I guess they taste like grass from the smell but there are plenty of tastier things to eat in life.





Posted: 26/07/2012 at 15:53

A bit late and not cercis canadensis pauline lily, but you garden have pairs of Cercis for £4.99 and £14.99 depending on variety. I bought 2 pairs of the Judas Tree ones and am happy with them and the price.

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 13:53

The trick is too not let things bother you. On saying that I am not too happy that my neighbour painted my fence. They declined to pay for it last year and it is entirely on my side of the garden (they had dug a small ditch as a boundary). Went to the shops on Saturday and came back to find 90% of it painted in their orange stain, so will have to use a darker stain to cover theirs this weekend! Oh the joy...

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 21:05

Actually Tim Burr the 2m guide is for new hedges, not established ones (ie before 2006) and it is for the affects of a hedge over 2 metres, not the height itself. Say a hedge of 2.5m - the council will only investigate the affects of the 50cm over the 2 metres.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 13:58

Physical barriers are the ONLY way to stop them. The skewers or bamboo canes will work nicely. Any sprays or the like will wash away and are a waste of money and time. Buy some cheap bamboo canes and place them around the area where they walk and they will clear off, espcially if they are pooping in a flower bed.

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