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Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:11

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 Hi Folks, 

Just been taken on for a very large garden, would like someone to ID the above for me. I particularly like the tree, it's a stunning orange red colour. Thanks in anticipation.

Preposterous question....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:47

Any man who thinks men they are superior to women lives on Mars. Women live on Venus and they only get together to procreate. Mischief Verdun mischief. 

Best bosses I have ever had have been women.

I know my place!

Littler Rambler Rose still in pot...

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 15:14

Potted roses can be left for the winter in the pot. I'd put in in a sheltered position if you have nowhere to plant it for the moment. If you have a position for it then it can go in. If it gets really cold a little shelter will be of benefit, but otherwise it will need no special precautions.

Autumn turf deteriorating fast....Help!!!!

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:21

Leave rolling till it's drained in late spring, doing it now risks creating a bit of 'hard pan' which will make drainage an issue. Your'e more likely to end with a boggy mess if you do it now.

How to prune 2 mature viburnums

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:17

Try this link to the RHS john, viburnums are usually pruned after flowering in spring and can take a hard prune, which in turn will produce new wood, so be brave, a hard prune can give you everything you want. As usual mulch and feed after pruning. 

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=168

chysanthemum

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:11

Cut off the dry stuff and keep them on the dry side. It's normal for chrysanth's to die back especially if they are a bit tender. Keep them cool. In spring increase the light and watering,a light feed as well, you'll see the new growth appear fairly quickly. Don't be tempted to think they've died they haven't, they're just dormant. Watch out for any fungal infection as well, if you see some spray with a fungicide as soon as you see it.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:38

Poddington, if you keep them in the fridge they last for a while, about a week. The beauty though is that you can stick them in the freezer and take them out as needed. No need to defrost them either, just hang them up, birds will go for them when frozen, as the fat content doesn't freeze hard so they can peck away as soon as they go out. 

Autumn turf deteriorating fast....Help!!!!

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 23:13

Vegemight leave it alone for the winter. In spring it will be half settled and look a bit rough. Don't worry, in spring when it starts to grow again, leave it to get to about 4-5 inches before mowing on a high cut. Stand back and have a good look. If you need to reseed some patches then do so using a suitable seed and treat any newly sown area's as new lawn. Don't be in a hurry to close cut till almost the Autumn. Fill any gaps in the turf and seed them. Even turfed lawns take time to settle, they are a quick fix but good lawns take patience. I wouldn't worry about worm casts, it's normal and shows a healthy soil.

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 10:59

I'd get them in now if the ground isn't frozen. Temperatures will really drop soon and they'll be better off in the ground than in a pot. If it really freezes before you can do it, bury the pot to soil level over winter and plant in spring.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 14:36

Why not make your own fat balls or fat feeders, its very easy and you know what the birds are getting. 

Recipe: lard, suet, various nuts and seeds, bread, dried fruit, meal worms, bung the lot into a saucepan to melt the lard mix then pop the mixtures, into old yoghurt containers to set. You can pop a piece of wire/string in the in the middle to hang them, hey presto, fat feeds. Quality assured, no dangerous plastic or netting for the birds to get caught in. You can use old pine cones and pack them with the mixture as well.

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