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pruning native trees

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:40

We do respect our neighbours' right to enjoy their garden without ours spoiling things for them, of course, so will willingly hack back the Russian vine once the blackbirds have finished with it and embark on thinning/pruning the trees when it's the right time. I like the idea of keeping it all at a reasonable hedge height, and I would think that the more bushy they get the better the wildlife will like it anyway - better shelter.

pruning native trees

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:15

Our neighbours are pretty nice on the whole, but their attitude towards garden neatness if shall we say more strict than ours. We've only had the tree issue as above, and 'could we cut back the Russian vine on the fence as the little white flowers blow into their garden and make the patio untidy'. Can't do that right now as there's a blackbird nest in there! But a Russian vine needs pretty heavy treatment anyway so it's not a problem to hack the top shoots back every so often. I don't think you could kill that stuff with heavy artillery...

pruning native trees

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:02

Thank you for that tip too. Pruning hard but infrequently is probably right up our street, but I have to admit more as a result of lack of time/organisation/tidiness than for better gardening reasons! I think we tend to take the wildlife gardeners' thing of 'don't make the garden too tidy' a little too much to the extreme...

pruning native trees

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 22:27

Thank you - we did chop back some field maples, which were very grateful and are busily growing back! They've been joined by a hawthorn that just 'arrived' so the hedge height suggestion looks like a good option.

pruning native trees

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 18:14

Thank you everyone - for some reason I didn't see all these replies until June 2015!! but will definitely act on your suggestions when it is the right time again. The garden is 90 ft long by about 30 ft wide near the house, and gets wider at the far end. Definitely need some thinning and pruning!

fritillary virgin

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:05

Thanks again!

fritillary virgin

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:46

Thank you! We have a dried-out pond (it all leaked away when, we think, mice ate holes in the liner) so it could make a reasonable bog garden when we clear it out. That won't be for a while yet though. Could put them in there after your rescue plan with the bigger pot?

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 17:32

I planted a few in a pot this spring and they flowered, but I don't know what to do for the best with them now. There are two seed heads - the others may have been eaten I think, and the other stems have dried out and turned yellow. The bulbs seem to have migrated to the surface of the compost and split where the stem emerges. is this usual? I tried to add a photo but it wouldn't work (tech skills worse than gardening ones...)

fritillary virgin

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 17:23

I planted some snakes head fritillaries in a pot this spring and after they flowered left them to (I hoped) ripen. The seed heads are still closed, but the bulbs seem to be climbing out of the soil and splitting open. What should I do for the best to keep and hopefully increase them?

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!
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