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verbena bonariensis

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 22:07

They self seed everywhere but they can create a nice tall drift through a bed which has a lovely affect. Being purple they'll blend with most colours and if you get too many they pull out easily.

lawn repairs or hollow tine aeration

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 11:11

Precisely, you need as much grit in the soil as you can get. A thin top dressing of grit over several seasons will work its way into the soil and improve drainage overall. You can use a mix of MPC and grit to level out the soil as well. Over time and with regular mowing it'll improve the appearance.

lawn repairs or hollow tine aeration

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 23:22

It won't make any difference which you do first esbee. Just get plenty of grit into the holes. Just don't be tempted to use a roller on it.

Wildlife pond management

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 20:45

WCM if the liner is intact and its not losing water then you could tackle it now. If you can get the trees out from the edge then do so, the roots will find a way through if you don't. Get your volunteers and a couple of rakes and buckets. You can bail out half the depth of the pond and drag out some of the detritus in the bottom, which you leave on the side of the pond for a few days to give the wildlife time to get back in. Most of the wildlife won't resent the disturbance too much and with the mild weather some will be waking already. After a few days remove the detritus and let the pond fill naturally, it will quite quickly with the rain we've been having. Don't refill with tap water. You can add some marginals when it's filled a bit and they'll quickly establish as the weather warms. Wildlife ponds don't need huge maintenance they need ignoring to a degree. There will be loads of critters in there already and you'll see them. If you do it now it'll be just in time for frog spawning. You may have some already and toad spawn so look out for it. Just because it looks bad doesn't mean its not full of life already, nature isn't always pretty. In autumn you can net the pond to reduce leaf litter, the wildlife won't care. They only need maintenance every few years or if they are clogged up. 

Fibre pot or plastic pots?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 20:20

I'd agree with Bob, plastic get better results unless you're growing something with a rampant root system which will quickly outgrow the pot and you need to plant out very quickly.

what are these ?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 20:15

I don't know why people don't use more of these celendines, like winter aconites they provide a useful splash of colour when many gardens are devoid of colour. They die down eventually and disappear they may be a pest in more formal gardens but they thrive in ground often neglected and of little use for other plants. They also are very useful to many invertebrates at this time of year.

Plants for cracks is paving stones

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 14:04

Grit is good idea Sally, being herbs they need good drainage, sharp sand rather than compost would be my preference or just sharp sand. I'd leave the planting a few weeks though. There's still plenty of time for rain and frost to haunt us.

Talkback: 10 single-flowered dahlias

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:54

You can grow all dahlias in pots Christine, a 12 inch pot or bigger is ideal although you can grow them in smaller. Just remember to feed and water them well as they're gross feeders. Oh and a cane for support for the taller varieties is a must.

Plants for cracks is paving stones

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:49

The creeping thyme is a favourite for that situation, its tough and wears well plus you get the aroma when it's trodden on.

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 11:42

Dickie yes cut it back now and in a few weeks give it a feed, it should flower, some clematis take a while to settle so be patient.

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