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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.

Viburnum Fragrans

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:39

Have you been feeding it?

what to grow on the less sunny side of a wall

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 23:16

Well as Busy has said you won't grow anything in an inch of topsoil. First thing is to dig down and remove as much of the rubbish as you can to a depth of at the very least a foot, more like 18 inches. Once you've done that you can start to make planting choices. Raised beds are an option, more expensive, but you can get depth that way. Another alternative is to put slabs down and grow in pots.

I'd decide on one of the above before thinking of any planting.

Ideas please for storm damage replacement

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:49

I'd go for a horse chestnut, deep rooted and very stable in high winds.

mulch

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:26

Yes!

Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 23:20

Pea gravel by the ton is relatively cheap, I used it on my heavy clay plus sharp sand and several tons of manure (free from farmers round here). I now have a free draining garden with plenty of loamy soil. Grit in bulk is very expensive and for the area you have a few tons of pea gravel will work out cheaper.

New Hedge

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:17

I'd wait, the long term weather isn't good and they won't establish if it goes really cold.

Climbing rose roots and gas pipes - bad match?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:08

Which way does the wall face?

Rotting Dahlias

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:05

You probably didn't leave them upside down long enough, but throw the rotten tubers and take them to a warm room to dry a bit more, brush off any mould you can dust them with sulphur powder, but dry warm conditions are best really for a week or so..

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:43

I'd do it after flowering, even as late as the Autumn, but wait till they have flowered first.

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