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Lean to greenhouse

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:14

Seriously doubt it Koimaster. South facing is a perfect place for a GH  unless you're  shaded for some reason. Just keep the glass clean. I work in a south facing GH my problem is too much heat even in winter and that's with shading and vents.

Too soon to Prune Roses?

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:03

Depends where you live Leigh. If you're in the southwest then over the next few weeks is fine, far south as well, but any further north I'd wait till march. There's still the threat of a significant cold spell developing which !may last into spring and even if there are buds a good feed after pruning will give them the boost they need. I've done the climbers but the bush roses need a bit more time. Sorry didn't read your post carefully enough, even in Essex I'd wait, south coast yes  but as I said there is still the threat of a cold spell from the east.

bay tree looking sad

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:15

You've put it into too larger pot to start with, but it's still going. The weather this winter has been a dire mix so don't give up. Is the soil waterlogged per chance? Is the pot on the ground or raised off the ground? Bay needs reasonable drainage and have you ever fed it? Finally what did you use for a potting mix?

Novice advice

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:09

Nick if you store them in a quite cool dark place, they'll keep for a month, it'll keep them dormant that bit longer.

clematis pruning

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 20:36

Rosemummy, I come across this decision all the time, there's never a label when you'd like to see one! My rule of thumb is cut back to 6 inches from the base if there's no visible bud or lowest bud if there is one. Works every time. Never had one not come back in fact a few flower better for it. I sometimes wonder if we can be a bit too careful with clematis.

Diseased hedge diagnosis

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 16:09

It's neither of those Kits, very different diseases, you'll probably have to improve the drainage and you may lose the whole hedge. The wet winters we're having will continue, so doing the job this spring/summer will hopefully future proof the ground, and if you replant, try a different hedge plant. It should give better results. I always find privet a bit fickle, they can succumb to disease very quickly. A more robust laurel which tolerates damp soil may be a better option.

Lowering area with clay soil

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 16:01

Just a thought a pond? She's old enough now and they're easy enough and they are an endless fascination for kids.

Diseased hedge diagnosis

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 13:55

They look like lichens to me which on their own aren't a problem, however, it could be a sign of root rot. Now that is impossible to control. Root rot is present when the soil is particularly wet and the oxygen in the soil is excluded. Is your soil particularly wet? It seems the whole hedge isn't affected you may have to improve the drainage in that particular area to allow more oxygen into the soil.

Lowering area with clay soil

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 10:16

If you're having a kids play area then why go with grass? Kids play area's need to be hard wearing and grass will quickly suffer with all the foot traffic leaving you with bare patches if any grass at all. You'd be better off laying a membrane and putting bark on top till they're old enough to not need the play area. It would save you money and a lot of work. You'd only have to create a border around the area to help contain the bark. 

If the slab has been in place for that long the ground will be very compacted. But a Rotavator will break it up. But for now I'd go down the bark route. When they've grown up a bit natural forces will have loosened the clay a bit and grassing will be a lot less work.

Lowering area with clay soil

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 20:47

I don't know how long the concrete slab has been there Ste9 and I see you have a tree close by as well. Digging wider won't relieve compaction, you have to go deeper there's no alternative. It might be useful to know how big the tree is as well. The bigger they get the more water they take up. Clay doesn't always need land drains you're right but as i said the compaction isn't letting what's there drain naturally. Position of the GH makes no difference at all. It doesn't have to be a major exercise in engineering. Once you break up the top foot, and you can do that with a Rotavator you can pour pea shingle on and rotavated it in and that will help it drain better. Do you intend to grow anything there or is it for something else?

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