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unwanted willow tree

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:39

There was a large willow tree in the garden when we bought the house 17 years ago. It is even bigger now and I love and hate it.

I love that it only ever is bare for one month -January. I love the colour of the stems and watching the buds swell in early spring. I love the catkins and so do the blue tits. I appreciate the shade and the shape of the tree. Woodpeckers nested in it last summer which was a joy.

I hate constantly having to clear up after it like a toddler - even half an hour after cutting the grass it has a light covering of leaves. Twigs fall from the branches after any wind. I have collected bags and bags of long whippy twigs over the winter - uncompostable, they just slip through my shredder and have to be recycled by the council. Nothing will grow under it, not even weeds - despite me trimming the lower branches so the kids can play under it. It takes up half the gadren and shades the other half!

I am however hopeful that it is not long for this world as when the woodpeckers chipped out their hole for their nest, the wood chips were all spongy... I just hope that it falls in the right direction!

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:08

 - thanks for that, Nutcutlet. You made me laugh and that is hard to do at the moment. All my facial muscles seem not to have thawed out yet!

 

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:59

I resisted planting my seeds too early after last year but still I have leggy seedlings, not enough room, the quandry of will I plant some more or do I wait...

Frogspawn late and now frosted, no toadspawn as yet...

Birds sound as though they are ready for spring (I certainly am) but are eating more now than ever - both me and the birds...and I can't get out in the garden to start working it all off.

The job list just keeps growing... I think it is definitely worse than last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Compost

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:25

Hi. If you put 'Which? compost' into the search box at the top of the page several  threads should come up. The one I started - Which? compost refers to composts available this year. Also the advice, this year in particular, is make sure you are buying fresh compost. Because of the wet summer last year alot of compost has been lying around since last summer. Look for bags that are undamaged and are not faded. Hope this helps.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:01

Yes, I would say it is or was a wood mouse.

 

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:22

Along with my frogspawn has come a heron! I know it is nature but the way he is wolfing down the frogs is unbelievable. I have chased him a few times as I hate to see my thriving pond emptied but he has to eat too....   

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:23

Hi, thought it might be interesting to see the spread of frogspawn across the country in our ponds. Here in Greater London/Essex it arrived today - 9 clumps so far. I wonder how much of it will survive given the forecast for the weekend and into next week!

Anyone else with any frogspawn yet?

Newbies

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 21:18

Couldn't agree more with sotongeoff. Even experienced gardeners are still learning and   sometimes it is good to hear the basics again...there is often more than one way of doing some things and that often provokes 'good' discussion.

You are very welcome to the forum and I hope we can all help you with a good start to your gardening. There is no such thing as a silly question - if you don't ask the question you might never know the answer!    We are all learning, just some of have a head start (usually in the age department!)   

CATS

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:46

A water scarecrow attaches to hose pipe and squirts water when the movement sensor is triggered; can be moves around; works 24/4 - don't go for the other cheaper options, they are a waste of money. Works with foxes too but the postman may be a problem if you are using it in the front garden! They are expensive but worth it. I have had mine for years - shop around as the prices vary.

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=contech+water+scarecrow&oq=contech+water+scarecrow&gs_l=hp.3..0i30j0i8i30l2.2444.9479.0.12448.23.21.0.2.2.0.94.1249.21.21.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.3.psy-ab.eccp-FR7M7s&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42452523,d.d2k&fp=527f2f31e79ff8b6&biw=1920&bih=929

 

sowing seeds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 18:49

Good advice from sotongeoff. Planting in a few weeks time if you have nowhere to keep all these seedlings frost free and they will soon catch up with earlier sowings with the extra day length and  (hopefully) warmth!

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