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Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:19

@Verdun, am sure that you know that the bottom of conifers is especially dry and raped of nutrients. Dryopteris will not do well there - they can deal with dry spells but are hardly succulents and they prefer dampish well draining soil.

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 08:44

Ferns prefer filtered sunlight with damp soil - Ferns die more from drying out than anything else. That does not sound like the bottom of a hedge which will be shaded and very dry depending on which face you plant. Soil is also very acidic under a conifer hedge...so unless you can find a Fern variety that like dry soil I would steer you away from them.

 

GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:49

Free bulbs were for England and Wales only

Can I repot my Acer now?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:45

I would say wait till Feb. Acers are prone to drowning by overpotting, so doing now as we go into winter is not a good idea.

Acer

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:09

Debbie, no do not pot up now as that can cause drainage issues by overpotting and the Acer dies. I would leave it until early spring then repot if needed. I would not change the soil needlessly either. They just prefer acidic soil rather than need it, so the GC was kind of right though they did sell you expensive ericaious when it did not really need it.

rotovator

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:21

How often will you use it? If you do not have a field or business then I doubt that you will use it yearly.

compost use

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 16:20

Certainly re-use as a mulch. I always check for vine weevils and other pests first as you do not want to give them fresh food!

rotovator

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 11:00

Never heard of that make...you sure you have the right name?

I've discovered something

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:29

I have a large woodland and park near my house. I would like some ferns to introduce themselves (there is a lot in the woodland) but that has not happened yet. I always get tree seedlings coming up...I plant them back in the woodland and around my town.It is nice to see some trees that you have grown when you walk/drive by, sad when they are removed.

The nicest things to self grow are Holly,  wild orchids (seem to grow from rhizomes), Pine and Yew seedlings.

Oops I'm in the dog house

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:14

Why did the spade break? If the soil is clay then use a fork to break it up, not a spade...I have lost 3 spades with my soil whilst the forks are all still going strong.

 

I am always getting in trouble for spending money on the 'stupid garden'! Too many plants, compost, mulch, feeds, tools, heater for greenhouse etc. Yet there are complaints when something does not look right - gardeners cannot win.

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