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Help me to love my peonies

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:51

Give them support now before they get too tall. The framework will soon disappear as the plant grows. If it rains when the flowers begin to open or are open gently incline the flowers and tip the water out, so they don't rot and the flowers last longer. Feed them after they flower to build up the store for next year's flowers.

Newbie planning to replant a conifer hedge!!

Posted: 05/04/2012 at 22:28

Ok - are you planning to dig out the existing hedge or have the hdege cut and the stumps ground out? I think it will take a great deal of effort to dig out the hedge - if you can get a vehicle to pull the plants out it might be a lot easier. Any way, once the hedge has been removed, you will have to do some work on the soil before replanting. All the goodness will have been removed by the previous hedge and it will probably reen]mble dust. You will have to dig in lots of organic matter - compost,, rotted horse manure etc in order to give a new hedge a good chance. You will also have to feed and water it well for the first year or two. While the new hedge grows you could put in some hurdles to give the hedge some shelter (if it is a windy site) or give you some instant privacy.

I am afraid I have no experience with cedar but my neighbour has planted a yew hedge which is very thick and beautiful. He let it grow until it reahed the desired height before trimming the top and only cut back side shoots the came out too wide in order to encourage more side shoots to branch. A hedge is only green on the outside, not in the middle.

Hope this answers some of your queries.


Posted: 05/04/2012 at 22:15

Both Pieris and Camellias need ericaeous (acid)food. You can find it on the shelves of most DIY/GC branches called - Rhododendron/Azaelea food. Follow the instructions on the packet. I usually feed after the plant has flowered and then again in autumn when the plants are making their buds for next year's flowers. It is particularly important for Camellias not to dry out in late summer/autumn as they form their flower buds then and will drop them if under stress from lack of water.

How to prune a Lawson's Cypress

Posted: 05/04/2012 at 22:08

Fieldfest, If you click on "seen here" the photo will came up.

AJ2, I agree with fieldfest's advice. You can trim it over lightly and it will regrow but if you cut into the old wood(that with brown leaves or further in) the tree will not regrow - remaining brown and unattractive. You can  lower its height and the tree will regrow at the top from the surrounding branches (green wood).

Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 18:36

Buy a water scarecrow moveable, 24/7 takes care of deer, herons, foxes and cats but can be adjusted to be bird friendly. Not  cheap but it works and saves money in the long run...and along with your blood pressure! Don't go for any 'copies' as they are not worth the money by all accounts - Amazon had an offer on them before Xmas. I've had mine for nearly 6 years and it is still going strong, it has protected my patio, bulbs, seedlings, veg patch and pond at different times with 100% success.

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