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Posted: Yesterday at 17:25

Rosemummy drainage will be the main issue. I presume you're on clay ( you wouldn't get a mud bath otherwise) and that can be a major task to remedy. I work with some lawns with the same issues and even east facing lawns can be quite lush with the right regime of constantly adding grit to the lawns. One method one of my clients tried was to import several tons of pea shingle and spread it over the lawn. At first I was very dubious as to the result. So I suggested (after he'd spread it without my knowledge) to try rolling it in and sow grass seed directly on top. In the first year it looked very much a mess until the autumn. The seed took so we scarified and resowed more seed aerated and spiked and brushed in more grit and sharp sand. 

I was still dubious and feared a further summers work to rectify things but to my surprise by this spring it looked pretty good. It was cut aerated again and fed. Through this summer it's flourished. 

I can't say it was my idea and to be honest I never thought it would work but it has.

It's only an idea, unconventional I know and I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but it's something to consider.


Posted: Yesterday at 09:42

Clay won't suit a cordyline Helena. If you want to keep it in the garden I'd dig it up and put a bucket full of grit in the base of the planting hole. It may need some winter protection depending on the variety, although mine, the Australis had been in my garden for 18 years and is very hardy. It's very well drained. Like most plants though it's often not the cold they succumb to but the wet feet.

Pampas Grass

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 16:20

I don't comb out the dead till spring which gives hibernating insects time to wander off. I don't like the burn option either other than when renovating very large clumps. As Verdun says shears are the best option or individually cut out the spent flower heads to tidy them up. Be careful though, wear gloves and long sleeves the leaves are lethal if you get in amongst them.


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 23:05

I wonder if some have missed the point of the locking mechanism. It's a safety feature and there for a purpose. Decent secateurs are sharp and an open blade is dangerous. I have the scars to prove it. I'd rather not lose work or anymore blood.

plant id

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 22:57

Make a point of asking questions of your employer. If he's any good he'll know the answers. If not take a picture and find the answer yourself. Get interested don't just find the name find out how to prune it,when and how to propagate it. The knowledge will stick better. If you see a plant you don't know make a point of finding out asap and relate it to something. I still learn every day but I make a point of looking on here at the requests for IDl's on here. Make it a habit. It'll make you more knowledgeable and more employable in the future. The more knowledgeable you are the more valuable  you are.

Moving/hard pruning a wisteria sinensis

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 14:06

Nothing sorry, it's a risk you take.

Using Fleece to Protect Outside Fuchsia's

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 08:04

Yes you can leave fleece in place they'll be going dormant now so sun won't matter till it warms up in spring. Keep them dry as well, no water at all over winter. Water again in spring.

Moving/hard pruning a wisteria sinensis

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 08:00

Marygold you can be be quite hard with wisteria, you may lose next year's flowers but they do recover. Sam yes it can wait till spring but again you may lose flowers for one season, but often it's worth it just to regain control. As for how hard to prune you can't take it back to ground level, just try to keep the main stems intact and keep as many growth points as you can.

Moving/hard pruning a wisteria sinensis

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 17:21

Yes is the simple answer. It is a bit late but the long range weather doesn't give really low temps for a while. I'm renovating several beds for a client and am moving things asap so get it done now and water in thoroughly and the mulch it heavily. The ground is still relatively warm so asap.


Posted: 26/11/2015 at 07:35

Solution to locking is regular oiling! Grease isn't suitable but a monthly oiling with 2 in 1 solves locking problems. Why no one had mentioned it I don't know. It's a simple solution.

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