Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 11:51

Looks like privet to me so I'm certain that it will be fine and it will grow back pretty quickly now that spring is here.  A good tip for trimming hedges is to trim them slightly narrower at the top than at the base which helps light get to the lower parts, so bear that in mind when the next trim is needed.

Brownjng hedge

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 11:05

Difficult to give advice without knowing what species the hedge is.  Privet and other typical shrubs used for hedging will grow back but anything coniferous won't.  If you don't know what the hedge is, could you post a photo?

Help needed for dull new-build garden

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 10:46

Those field maples on the left look to be far too close to the house (they grow into huuugge trees) and may damage foundations and your patio in the future so I would have them out as they aren't really a suitable tree for the average garden.  Good looking trees which are also great for wildlife include amelanchier, crab apple and any kind of fruit trees.  I'll leave it to others to give advice on evergreen shrubs etc.  Also a word of warning about bamboo - many of them are very invasive and won't stay just where you want them! 

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 23:51

Scale insects, just like aphids, suck sap and excrete sugars which they can't digest and it is that which the ants are after.  Try grease bands on the trunks of your trees which should stop the ants climbing up them.  Once you prevent the ants 'farming' the aphids and carrying them to the new young growth, then you can try knocking the aphids off with a hose spray or, as you suggest, spray them with a soft soap solution.

Pest on Apple Trees

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 21:51

Agree and definitely need dealing with before they release young which is usually at about the beginning of June.  For large ones like that, I usually just scrape them off by hand - messy but effective. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 21:44

Replaced 2 long hoses and shifted over 30 bags of manure and compost from the front of the house to the back.  Did a lot of watering as it's been quite a while since any decent rainfall and lots of things were very dry.  Prepared the runner/climbing bean trench.  Pricked out a few seedlings.

Metal paint suggestions please

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 15:33

I agree with Dove, Hammerite is reliable long-lasting stuff and you can get a smooth type in white.

Remember to get rid of any old flaking paint and rust using a wire brush and emery paper before you paint it though.

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 13:38

Some beauties there, BM!

Small tree to cheer up a driveway?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 13:35

Willows are not a good choice as you suspect.  How about an amelanchier?  You can grow them as multi-stemmed shrubs or as small trees.  Interest most of the year, good for wildlife:

What is this weed all over my lawn?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 11:29

Those look like sycamore tree seedlings.  They won't survive a regular mowing but don't leave it too long as they grow fast!

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