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Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 23:20

Pea gravel by the ton is relatively cheap, I used it on my heavy clay plus sharp sand and several tons of manure (free from farmers round here). I now have a free draining garden with plenty of loamy soil. Grit in bulk is very expensive and for the area you have a few tons of pea gravel will work out cheaper.

New Hedge

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:17

I'd wait, the long term weather isn't good and they won't establish if it goes really cold.

Climbing rose roots and gas pipes - bad match?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:08

Which way does the wall face?

Rotting Dahlias

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:05

You probably didn't leave them upside down long enough, but throw the rotten tubers and take them to a warm room to dry a bit more, brush off any mould you can dust them with sulphur powder, but dry warm conditions are best really for a week or so..

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:43

I'd do it after flowering, even as late as the Autumn, but wait till they have flowered first.

Climbing rose roots and gas pipes - bad match?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:42

Rose roots aren't strong enough to cause any damage to pipes. Try to train over the drain pipes rather than behind them, it makes pruning and training easier.

Roses Help Needed

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 12:36

Right question 1, no you can't really tell the difference between them in winter, UNLESS you've not touched them since flowering, there may be clues at the top of the bushes if the faded flowers are still there. Hybrid T' will have a single flower head, floribunda's multiple heads left. Otherwise you won't have a clue. Roses go leggy if they aren't prune correctly, hard pruning is beneficial to all roses including climbers as new stems produce the best flowers.

Question 2, the more sun you give roses the better they like it, but 3-4 hrs a day is adequate, although some of my roses get a lot less and still thrive, It's more to do with keeping them well fed and watered than anything. Roses aren't deep rooted, unless they are very old, 18 inches of soil is fine. Roses can even thrive with poor drainage as long as they are fed well 

Standards and Clematis - can roots go rampant?

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 22:21

You'd be better of planting it about a foot from the fence. Cutting away half the head would be a waste and stimulate new growth, so it would grow back anyway.

advice please for climbing rose care

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 22:02

Do as pansy has said, cut out the damage asap, winter isn't over yet, still along way to go, tidy up and wait, tie in as much as you can for now. Seek advice in spring just in case you get more damage.

Creating new raised beds.

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 21:59

Depends what trees you want to grow. Any large tree won't establish a decent enough root system in a raised bed. You'd have to choose carefully Acers do well with restricted root growth as they are slow growing, anything larger and you'd be better off taking up the concrete. Shrubs and perennials will do fine in raised beds, but again choose carefully, get the smaller varieties or keep them small by hard pruning. You will get natural drainage if you use sleepers, but where is the water going to go eventually? Where does the water go now?

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