Dave Morgan

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Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:40

Need a picture davey, click on the green tree icon on the toolbar to post a picture. It doesn't work from mobiles though.

help! patio issue

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:34

Your mix is 3 to 1, if you put too much of either in it won't be workable and you'll get cracking and an unstable base. Just add a little less water to the mix, you don't want it sloppy.

help! patio issue

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:25

You can use it, it will be a bit softer than a sharp sand mix, so don't add quite so much water when mixed, leave it a bit stiff, or your slabs will sink.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:25

Have a look at the link to the rhs below, does this fit the bill?


Plant ID Confirmation

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 16:22

It is Gallardia, I have some this year, pretty but not visited by many insects, so it may go in the autumn.

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 13:14

I put it all in and have never had a problem even shiny paper will compost down when left. Anything that's left goes back into the bin after emptying, mind you I have 3 bins one at the allotment, two in the garden and I'm building another one at the allotment. I get grass clippings and browns from several neighbours and customers. A bit of a luxury really, but it all rots down.

Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:17

If the water is seeping out almost straight away I'd plunge the plant into a bucket of water first and leave till bubbles stop rising. having looked at your picture again, I think I'd leave removing anything till the new growth appears, the dead leaves will fall naturally anyway.

Gardening contract

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:38

The secret to any large contract or job is to split it into smaller pieces. It then becomes manageable. 

Each area should be treated as a small garden and the work done accordingly with time slots and pre planning with the team you have according to their experience.

If you lack experience in a sector you hire in specialists to do the work.

Making use of trusts and expert advice in certain area's will be crucial especially with a wetland area and forestry.

As a planner for major police operations, the use of specialists in relevant area's was crucial and the advice they can give to you as to their capabilities can save you a headache and lost time.

Now as a gardener, big gardens aren't daunting, they just need planning and direction and full use of resources Being able to say you don't know enough about something to do it confidently is appreciated more than making a hash of things.

The gardening year, is planned by most of us every year, so you have a head start. Use technology to the full and if not a spreadsheet.

Big jobs are a succession of smaller jobs one after the other. Don't be daunted and a week isn't enough for 10 acres unless you have a very large team.

Tell the client the truth and don't overestimate your capabilities and never be afraid to ask someone for help.

That's the best advice I can give, having made most of the mistakes you can make!

Climbing rose Shropshire Lad -

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:09

Sylvia, do the following, remove all the affected leaves and any on the ground and any detritus. Spray the whole plant with fungicide including any flowers, also spray the ground around the rose. Mulch heavily, feed and water well. It may look a bit bare in places, but this method does work, any affected regrowth remove and spray again. 

It's been a bad year for black spot as we had little or no frost and even the disease resistant roses have been affected.

Brown leaves on box plant

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 19:31

It doesn't look like box blight, so it's more of a case of neglect me thinks. I think it needs a feed and some minor pruning of the dried out bits. I'd leave it grow and put on some new growth before reshaping. A good drench once a week for a few weeks and feed should see a different plant in a few weeks.

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