London (change)
Today 19°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 17°C / 10°C

Dave Morgan


Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Mulsh with manure

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:54

You can do it now, it just rots down a bit more slowly in the cold weather. I'm doing mine next week. I mulch several times a year if I think it could do with a boost. My roses are magic.

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:51

You can do it now, frost won't harm pittosporum, tough as old boots.

Pyracantha poor vigour

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:49

I'd just sprinkle some growmore around each plant and see how they do. If that doesn't solve it add some well rotted manure or compost around the base of each plant. Pyracantha is pretty tough but a little tlc may help.

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:10

It looks to be a pittosporum, a close up picture would help. If it is it can be cut back to ground level if desired, it's a vigorous shrub so you can prune as hard as you like.

overgrown wisteria

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:55

Wisteria can take a drastic prune, but you won't see flowers for a few years.

I'd start by looking for the main stem and removing at ground level any suckers, which, from the pic, you appear to have in plenty. Once you get those out it will look half the plant.

growing fatsia japonica from cuttings

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:45

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=404

Try this ink to the RHS, they're usually done by semi-ripe cuttings.

Dahlia tubers dried & wrinkled

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:41

If they're soft, you've lost them. If they're firm then when it comes to potting them up soak them in warm, water for 24hrs before potting them.  The storage advice given by blairs, dry sand/compost is the best way to store them over winter.

porridge oats

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:57

Birds especially blackbirds will eat bananas, especially the over ripe ones, although in my house they don't get the chance to get to that stage.

ID please

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:54

I'd vote for  a Salix integra.

compost

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:47

Yes you can. I'd use it for seeds as they don't want a lot of feed in the mix. If your'e going to use it for pots, then add a slow release fertilizer, or you can use it as a mulch or soil improver.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Shrub ID

Replies: 6    Views: 189
Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 14:08

Uploading pics

Replies: 3    Views: 156
Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 17:58

New Pots in bags

Replies: 12    Views: 290
Last Post: 22/01/2015 at 19:00

Compost Advice

Replies: 11    Views: 494
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 12:33

PM for Artjak Compost advice

Replies: 0    Views: 200
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 15:06

Plant ID's please

Replies: 12    Views: 531
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 10:23

Two ID's please

Replies: 25    Views: 632
Last Post: 16/12/2014 at 20:42

Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
Replies: 21    Views: 961
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 15:33

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
Replies: 2    Views: 257
Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 21:40

Best Thornproof Gloves

Replies: 3    Views: 1106
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 23:10

Clematis for a dry bank

Replies: 6    Views: 575
Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

Replies: 3    Views: 404
Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

Replies: 17    Views: 2358
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
Replies: 8    Views: 718
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56

semi-rigid-plastic-sheeting

Hold in invasive roots 
Replies: 5    Views: 1337
Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
15 threads returned