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Pruning mature flowering cherry tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:33

Great advice guys, many thanks. 

Lawn nutrients

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:12

I would really recommend looking at really good, no obligation advice and if you want to buy fertilizer products from them you can do that too...


Driveway ideas

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:04

Hi Mark. It's hard to comment without prior knowledge of the material currently on your driveway - perhaps you could post a photo? Generally, gravel, or any other covering for that matter will need to be laid over a substantial and compacted hardcore base. Gravel shouldn't be laid over an existing slabbed on concrete surface because it will just move and eventually create bare patches. Gravel for a driveway should be of a type specifically designed for that purpose and laid at about 2 to 5cm depth depending on the subsurface. It is not necessarily a cheap option!!

Pruning mature flowering cherry tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:55

we have inherited a mature flowering cherry in our front garden. it appears healthy and has flowered well for the first two springs we have been in the house and has just started flowering again this year.

However, there are a number of long straggley branches overhanging onto the front footpath and over the neighbour's fence. there are also telephone cables above and there are branches beginning to reach into these too.

I would like to prune and shape the tree this summer, and intend to plan for that now before the leaves appear. 

advice please:

  • How hard can I cut it back?
  • Will new flowering shoots appear on the larger mature branches if I cut them hard back?
  • Will I need to treat the branches after cutting

Any advice or experience would be very welcome. thanks!!


Beneath a pine tree

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 13:39

The area beneath any coniferous evergreen provides probably the worst growing conditions ever! - All year round shade, intolerably dry and very acidic!! If you really want to grow anything I would suggest trimming back some of the lower branches to let in even a little light, and digging in some good organic matter. But even then most things will struggle. Rather than providing a list of possibilities, I would suggest you do what I did when confronting exactly the same problem last year and speak to someone at this nursery... they are very helpful, and provide good examples of most of the shade-loving plants that stand a chance. Good Luck! (you'll need it!) (by the way, I did get some things growing under our tree and then the tree suffered severe storm damage and had to come down - and it's so much better now!!)

Hedging suppliers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:05

I'm panning to plant a beech hedge before the end of the bareroot season. There is a minefield of suppliers online with a massive variation in price for apparently the same product. 

Could anyone recommend a good, trustworthy supplier with good reliable plants please?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 09:59

South Derbyshire - It was minus 2C with a flurry of snow yesterday afternoon while I dug... soil is drying out well. But drizzle this morning and the temperature has risen to  4C.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:00

Again, thanks all for your ideas. I have finally managed to upload a photo of the very sad looking patch of garden devoid of tree! 

Thanks to chilli lover  - on the opposite side of the driveway, out of the photo we have an ornamental cherry, so at the moment the maple or silver birch ideas are favourite. Plenty to do, including some work on renovating the driveway after years of falling needles!! Looking forward to some gardeing action - hopefully should be warm enough this weekend although very frosty here is Derbuyshire again this morning!!

Tree ideas.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 19:07

I am inspired by both the silver birch and maple ideas. The birch offers a great appeal if you give the trunks a bit of attention - washing and keeping white, and the acer is one I have not come across... choices choices. Two great suppliers too! thanks!


Tree ideas.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:31
Well that's the dilemma Busy Lizzie! Leaf clearing does seem like a menace but the fact that its only once a year and that I can compost the leaves makes it more appealing than the perpetual shade and blanket of acid needles which make it virtually impossible to grow anything beneath or around an evergreen. So a deciduous with a seasonal personality is my preferred option at the moment.
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Pruning mature flowering cherry tree

Advice please 
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Hedging suppliers

Reviews and recommendations please 
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Tree ideas.

Ideas to replace a fallen cedar in the front garden please! 
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