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Dave Morgan

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Garden Idea Help

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 21:00

There are plenty of shrubs that will grow to 3 metres to give you some height, Buddlia globosa viburnum opulus, other viburnums, if you go to the rhs or crocus website and use the filters you get a range of shrubs with pics, so you can assess and make choices. Don't forget if you have height you also have spread, so don't forget to factor that in when making choices.

Fruit tree windy site

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:51

Why not grow on dwarf rootstock, it'll keep the trees small and harvest can be excellent with good management and care.

What tree is this

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 23:10

Accacia isn't that hardy in the UK down to -5 is about all they can take but I've lost them at -3 so stopped growing them. With the cold weather we're having now and by the look of it, you'll lose it. It's a shame as they can be beautiful.

Window box liners

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 23:04

Why go to that expense anyway, an empty compost bag with a few holes punched in makes an ideal liner free of charge.

Wilko Perennials

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 18:52

If they are the bare root perennials, I'd be wary. I purchased about 20 last year and only 5 made it even though they were in cold frames once potted. They are cheap I know, that's what tempted me, but I wouldn't buy them again.

Scented Pelagoniums

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 15:31

They should be just damp, not wet, water very sparingly an only if the compost is bone dry and the plants flagging. The main enemy is mold, pick off any dead dying leaves and as Edd says, in the conservatory, check them weekly or as you go past, if there is any sign of mold, spray with a fungicide. Some I look after haven't had water at all so far and are doing fine, so don't be tempted to water if they look good.

lime tree chippings

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 22:10

Compost it for 12 months, it rots down into lovely compost.

Can anyone identify this weed?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 22:08

I;d say the same, they can spread readily and are easy to propagate by root cuttings.


Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:40

You generally trim lavender after the flowers have faded, not cutting into old wood (the woody bits), you can trim in spring as well, I used scissors on young lavender plants, secateurs on older plants. All lavender will eventually go woody if it's not maintained, there are ways of bringing them back from a woody state, but it's best not to let it get to that stage.

Where to start on a big old sloping plot

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 20:29

Jane, all the above suggestions have merit. Cats, especially if sourced from a farm are highly effective predators when it comes to rabbits, and a terrier will also, have huge fun chasing and sometimes catching rabbits. I lived right in the sticks in the middle of a wood some years ago, the dogs (spaniels) ignored the rabbits, the cat(who adopted us), kept the rabbits under control and we rarely bought any food for it. It would eat an adult rabbit on the lawn almost every day.

Rabbit resistant planting is the best way to start the garden, protect young trees and shrubs with rabbit guards, easily obtainable, or chicken wire, wrapped around the stems.

It will take a year for the rabbits to learn this is a dangerous place, they are not as stupid as they look, but the word gets round trust me.

Rabbit proofing such a large area, would be very expensive, and probably ineffective, so choose area's away from the edges of the grounds, start near the house where a dog will happily roam, and create plant free area's around any beds you create. This has the effect of leaving open spaces, rabbits prefer to feed near cover, it's safer. Open area's are easier to predate in, so you rarely see a rabbit in the open, other than those with a death wish.

Go slowly, and you'll soon find out what works and what doesn't. Just remember, rabbits love cover, so leave space. We don't have many birds of prey that will take an adult rabbit, but the smaller ones are another thing, the youngsters will be the main problem.

Finally, if your'e up for it, get a gun licence for pest control, they are easier to obtain than people realize, and learn to use it. A .22 is the best with silencer and scope. They are easy to use, but get some lessons if you do go for it, safe handling of firearms is essential.

It all may take a year or two, but with such a large area, it'll be huge fun and get more interesting as time passes.

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