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Talkback: Dandelion

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 14:47
This may be a silly question, but if I remove the heads from dandelions before they seed, am I just effectively deadheading them so they'll flower for longer? I've been doing this for a few days - and every day, there they are - but have just left the flower heads lying on the grass, not collected them for disposal or composting. Will the lopped-off heads seed anyway if I carry on like this? I don't want to use weedkillers (even glyphosate is now being given a bad press I see). I am in two minds about getting rid of them altogether anyway, because they are valuable wildlife plants for insects, but I don't want the grass totally covered in them either!


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:32

Just read very clear instructions, on this very site! It says place the bulb at the bottom of a hole 10 - 15cm deep. That's more like it!


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:28

I've just received 50 from Naturescape which I hope to plant out tomorrow. Last time, a few years ago, I didn't plant them at all soon (weather, bad back...) in fact didn't plant until the foliage was soggy brown instead of green! None of them grew. My own fault! Beter luck this time I hope. The instructions say to plant them 2" deep - anyone, does this mean 2" to the bottom or to the top of the bulb?

brambles and knott weed

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:02

Our first house had a small garden - about 15ft by 30 - which when we moved in was covered, every inch, in Japanese Knotweed . This was before the Internet existed so we had to find out about it from books. We hacked it all down, and of course it grew back. Dug it out - of course couldn't get all the bits: it grew back. We sprayed it with glyphosate - it grew back, but weaker. Eventually we turfed over the whole lot and just kept mowing. It eventually only grew back in very small but still identifiable plants, which we attacked with anguished cries and dug out by hand. We lived there for four years and it was still appearing. It didn't help that the garden of the empty house next door still had a healthy crop of the evil stuff! Nowadays I'd know to contact the council to see if there was any way to require the owners of the empty house to do something about it. The odd bit occasionally used to appear in our present garden, and we lost no time in pulling it out so it never took hold. I actually dreamed about the stuff once.


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 17:28

Timely advice for me, thanks Dovefromabove ! We have some serious work to do on our garden at present (three kids, two full-time jobs, and all the rest...) and bindweed and brambles have crept in under the radar. Now the kids are grown up and I've retired I'm tackling it. I hate the thought of using glyphosate, or any other weedkiller, but can't see any alternative. Nowhere near any water courses or food crops, so I'm hoping one or two courses of the stuff should do the trick.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:34

I've been considering building a low double wall around a new patio with herbs growing in the gap between, using old bricks from taking down a wall inside the house. The bricks are from the 1880s. Any thoughts on a) is this a good idea, b) what kind of foundations would be necessary?

pruning native trees

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:09

Thank you! A friend has already said 'Get rid of those hollies asap, they'll take over.' I reckon if the hazels go on as they are, we'll be able to supply any local charcoal burners...

pruning native trees

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:40

About 12 years ago we planted several native trees and shrubs in our garden to attract wildlife. There are a rowan, hazels, wayfaring tree, field maple, and crab apple (I'm not sure if we actually planted this one or if it just arrived on its own.) There are also several hollies which have self-seeded. However, our lovely woodland edge habitat is now becoming a nuisance to our very friendly neighbour, who has politely asked us  to cut them back as they are shading his garden too much. Also the hazels are threatening to take over the entire garden! What can we do to keep our neighbour happy but not lose our trees by over-pruning?

I have noticed that he has bird boxes and feeders all along the fence under our trees. If we cut them back to just above fence height, say about 8ft, will the trees die, and might the birds object and desert his nest boxes?

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