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Pinus Sylvestris topiary

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 13:59

Ph 10 is strongly want it 7 which is neutral. Are you using spent mushroom compost? That has lime in it. Otherwise you sound like you are doing exactly what I would do re adding compost etc.

Bulbs, seeds wanted

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 12:48

Local Garden Centres and the likes of Homebase, B&Q and Dobbies will supply free plants, bulbs etc, esp end of season things if you go with an offical headed paper from the likes of a local group/council etc.

Pinus Sylvestris topiary

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:05

Scots Pine grows in a wide range of soils but mainly well drianed and slightly sandy. I have some in clay soil and they are happy enough. I think it is root problems - possibly root rot but could be that the roots got damaged by a number of things. They prefer slightly acidic soil - who alkali is the soil? Also if it does die take it back to the shop you bought it as plants should not die in 4 weeks or so.

perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 13:59

 I would pot them on this year with a view of putting them in the ground in early spring. That gives them the best chance of surviiving as you should have reasonable sized plants by then. Am guessing that you got cell sized perenials (1 inch tall). They should grow over the next few months. Add lots of grit into the pots of Lavender and keep a watch for slugs as they love Delphinium and will eat the Digatalis.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 22:20
obelixx wrote (see)

I have recently cut some unwanted ivy growing up a painted wall firther along and that has left unsightmy dead roots clinging to the wall which will need to be scrubbed off, thus doing even more damage to th esurface.

And once ivy and Virginia creeper and so on get to the level of the guttering and roof they can be a real menace.

Good points, I have seen stone work wrecked by the removal of Ivy as it leaves that black track marks and root remains.

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!

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