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poor privet hedge

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:40

Nick it's winter, privet is only half evergreen, sometimes not at all in very cold years.

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:38

Nobody has mentioned Lavatera, the shrub. Mine was covered with bees and hoverflies last summer as were the geums. My garden is filled with bee and butterfly friendly plants, it's a wonderful sight, I had to get help to count the butterflies last year. Coreopsis is good for hoverflies as well.

new lawn on compacted clay

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:29

You'll have drainage problems whatever with the concrete walls. I'd rethink it. You'll have to put some sort of drainage in whatever you decide to do. The combination of what looks like blue clay and concrete will mean grass will suffer. 

I'd put in drainage first, then think of maybe astro turf and raised beds.

It's a nice space and could be extremely nice, but I wouldn't go with grass.

Raised beds and depth

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 22:37

I'd say no more than 10 inches deep peanuts. It has to be easy for the kids to get into and you can do less. You won't be growing anything deep rooted will you. And bearing in mind the cost of filling them you don't want to buying tons of topsoil.

Community Woodland

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 22:30

Find out what type of sapling has been planted near your boundary before complaining. Any tree has more under the ground than above it. An oak will take years to reach any size and if it's been planted 2 metres away from you boundary, you'll be long dead before it gets anywhere near the boundary. If they are native trees, and they probably are, the chances of them causing problems will be small anyway. The benefits to the value of your property will be substantial as a house backing onto woodland is highly desirable and over time that could amount to thousands of pounds added to the value of your house.

The benefits to wildlife will be huge, your children can enjoy them as can you. A walk in the woods on a summers day, kids in tow they will have the chance to grow up in an environment many would almost kill for.

I'm not a member of this community project, in case you wondered, but having lived at one long past time on a featureless new build estate, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.   

new lawn on compacted clay

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:29

The previous owners must have done what you describe for some reason it would have been a huge operation. 

I know what your'e asking about, but what I'm wondering is the shape of the actual site. You seem to be describing a bowl shape to your garden so drainage could be an issue. Have you got a picture you could post. 


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:16

They're obviously happy Polly, so leave them alone. They may flower again, they are a bulb after all.

Overgrown Clematis

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 22:34

It's probably a Montana of some description, they are the usual culprits. I have one similar, its about 16yrs old and thick as a tree trunk. You can cut them back after flowering quite hard, new growth comes from the trunk eventually, but it can take a year or two.I give mine a haircut after flowering, which keeps it in check anyway. 

Mulching flower beds

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 22:26

I'd put a membrane down first. It won't alter the ph of the soil straight away but over time with weathering it will.

Foxgloves - Illumination Pink

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 22:24

Primrose cottage, they cope with any shade, damp conditions etc, if you walk in a wood in late spring and take note of the light and damp conditions present you'll see they are ideally suited. Even a dark corner in the garden will do. Nature at it's best.

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