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Help! Have I got Japenese Knotweed growing in my garden?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:45

looks more like himalayan balsam to me.  I've never had it myself so no idea how to get rid of it but whatever you do don't let it seed.  It seeds itself by a sort of explosion to scatter the seed all over the place, probably best to cut off all the flowers, crush the leaves slightly and apply Roundup, but I'm happy to be corrected.

horsetail weed

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:43

I had this in my borders in my last garden.  If you pull it up from as far down as you can with a trowel it gives up eventually.

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 19:28

Hi, I have a small square front garden (typical 1930's small semi) when I park my car on gravel but have managed to salvage some space around the edges for borders.  I'd like two small trees just for a bit of screening from the neighbours and for the birds to sit on.  

In the narrowest bit where I drive in I was thinking of prunus 'Amanogowa' or 'Spire' so we can walk past to the car.  Then for the corner where we're attached to next door I thought we could get away with something more spreading but not too big as to block out her light.  I was thinking of either sorbus commixta 'Embley', Gleditsia 'Sunburst' or amelanchier 'Ballerina'.

 

Any thoughts on whether these are suitable for a small garden would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Anyone had health problems after pruning Buddleia?

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 07:17

Not with buddleia, but I've had it with crocosmia.  I cut a load back and chopped up the leaves to go in the compost.  When I got back inside I had difficulty in breathing for about an hour.  Just as I was thinking I ought to call an ambulance, it stopped as soon as it started.  So if you're susceptible to plant allergies you may want to be cautious around crocosmias too.

USE BY DATE ON SEEDS

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 07:05

Let us know if it worked, good luck.

Pigeon problem

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 21:13

Wyevale are selling large netted cloches.  The net is taut so your hedgehog may be safe.

Help!!

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 21:05

Can you ask your other neighbours to keep an eye out?  Clearly you can't give up before they do.  Perhaps you could put some dirty grease on the edges to discourage people from touching them although it wouldn't be nice for you either.  Good luck.

have I killed my wisteria?

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 07:23

thanks both of you, I'll leave it a little longer, if only to avoid digging the thing up.

have I killed my wisteria?

Posted: 26/03/2012 at 12:29

I cut my massive wisteria back to a 2 ft stump late last summer because it was in the way and now it's showing no signs of life.  Do you think I've killed it?  If I have, is there any easy way of getting the whopping big stump out of the ground?   Thanks.

Your gardenersworld.com wishlist

Posted: 26/03/2012 at 12:26

I find the video guides very useful but they would be even better if they covered sowing right through to how big the thing gets and then how to harvest it or manage it so you know what you're about to take on.

Also maybe something on different types of gardens e.g. I'd be interested in something along the lines of Geoff Hamilton's ornamental kitchen garden and Alys Fowler's edible garden.

Thanks, it's a fab site

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Small tree - any ideas please?

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