BobTheGardener


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Lichen Infested Trees

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 15:03

The lichen isn't a problem and won't affect the trees.  I suspect they may have canker though but it's difficult to see from the photos.


What is certainly a problem is that the grass has been allowed to grow right up to the trunk.  Grass is a very greedy plant and will be starving the trees for nutrients. It's also possible that feed & weed has been used on the lawn and could have affected the trees because of the closeness of the grass.


What I would do is remove the grass in a circle of at least a metre diameter around the trunks and then sprinkle blood, fish & bone onto the soil, gently working it in, before laying a mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure about 4 inches thick over the soil.  This will feed the trees and they should recover providing thay are not too far gone although I wouldn't expect to see much happen until next spring.


Edit: didn'tsee the posts from obelixx and Dove - tend to agree that it might be best to cut your losses and remove and replace them.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 15:08:46

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:51

Quite excited today as new greenhouse is being delivered tomorrow!  Went for a Rhino premium 8 x 12 after much deliberation.  It's replacing a 4m x 2m polytunnel which hasn't performed as well as I would have liked (the type with the green string woven into the cover.)  Need to erect it PDQ as my other greenhouse is completely packed & overflowing with tender plants.

Fish tank water??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:33

It'll be fine and, as you say, may have few nutrients in it too.

Seedling identities

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:14

Not sure about 1 but the rest are various sorts of poppy.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:11

Overnight and morning rain here GD, but really needed it badly - the recent rain kept missing my area.
It stopped for a couple of hours earlier this afternoon so I managed to get my slug nematodes watered in which have been sitting in the fridge for a few days as the ground was dry as a bone.  It's just started spotting again, so that will help the nematodes get to work.


I did wonder what the neighbours thought though, seeing me take 20 trips with the watering can to an already drenched garden!   "Look - Mad Old Bob is watering his garden.. in the rain!"

Last edited: 29 May 2017 14:12:14

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:51

My first idea was a bridge, too, Dove!

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:45

I've fixed the orientation on your photo, pinchie.:



I wouldn't be please with that pipework either - looks like a bit of a bodge job.  Do you know what services the pipe is carrying?  All I can come up with is hiding it under an old log, which would at least look more natural.

Clematis Avalanche question

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:08

Are you sure it's frost hardy?  I had a Cartmanii Joe which looked similar but I had to keep it in the conservatory over winter.  I forgot to bring it in early enough one year and it lost all of its leaves but did eventually recover (until it was killed by a scale infestation.)

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:03

Hi Papi Jo, I had to go through a lot of photos but as it's raining right now I quite enjoyed looking at pictures of my garden over the last few years!


I don't seem to have taken many useful photos showing the fruit but the blossom one is quite good:




Category name for aquilegia without 'spurs'

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:39

'Clematis flowered aquilegia' is what I think you are looking for, soulboy.  'Aquilegia clematiflora'.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 10:43:10

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