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Should all roses be pruned at the same time?

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:56

Terry the hedge plus the pampas grass will be taking everything from the surrounding soil, so I'd move the rose. It's the easier job. Dig a big hole, lift the rose with as much soil as you can, although I nearly always find the soil just falls away, add some rootgrow, bonemeal and FYM  to the hole, plant and keep well watered in the first year. Prune it back quite hard after replanting, which will encourage new root growth. You won't get too much in the first year but subsequent years should see a lot more flowers.

Should all roses be pruned at the same time?

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 17:17

Terry, the first three I'd not do a lot too other than tidy them up a bit. The pruning cuts are a bit high, maybe another quarter inch down an take away any dead wood. The climber is Arthur Bell, lovely rose, now that you can do something with if you want. The red stems at the bottom of the stem can be used to create a new set of climbing stems. It does take a while for them start going but they'll form a good stem in one season. You have to be careful though, the red stems break away very easily, you have to wait till they start to green up before properly training them so it takes patience, they'll still be flexible enough to tie in in a few months and will produce flowers first year, but be better second and subsequent years. 

The thicker stem on the right, and you don't have to do this, but if you want to reinvigorate it ithen do so. You cut that back to about six inches, there will be dormant buds below it and they will produce new red stems which you can the train in as they turn green.

 If you do decide to reinvigorate it the tie in at 45 degrees if you can, you may need to add some trellis to both walls to spread the stems out a bit more, but it's perfectly possible though to add another foot each wall to give you more coverage.

trouble with grafted wisteria

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:24

Sounds like shock shraman, if the stems are greening up it means its taking up water, so it may well be OK.

trouble with grafted wisteria

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 13:48

Shraman, that graft isn't the best I've seen that may be the problem. However it's not the worst! Just try doing what I've suggested see how it goes. It doesn't look like powdery mildew though.

Helibored stupid!

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 21:58

Go do some weeding! They're coming out really easily.

Recommendation for heavy duty loppers please

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:30

The fiskars are pretty tough, however the main cause of loppers breaking are when people try to overload them by trying to cut too thicker branches. A good pruning saw would be a great addition as a present.

trouble with grafted wisteria

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:26

You may be watering too much shraman. Let the soil dry out before watering it again. I appreciate your temperatures will mean regular watering, but I'd be a little less generous if I were you. Leave it a few weeks then scratch back some of the bark with your fingernail, if it's green under the bark then it'll live, if not then take it back. It may also be suffering from shock. Some plants resent being moved from pot to ground ,but a little less water would be my suggestion.

Preparation for sowing grass seed ?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 17:25

Did you use the right seed vegemight? You need a seed more suitable for shady area's. As Tetley says, its far too early to start seeding grass, its going to get cold again in about 10- 14 days so it won't take.

Fir trees dying

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 17:20

Sorry Mike they are dying/dead. If they are Thuja it could be Thuja blight for which there is no chemical control commercially available. I'd get them out asap. You may lose the lot so Id look for other options to replace them.

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 20:31

All good suggestions, however the best advice I can give you is to walk away from it for a week or two. Stop yourself from thinking about it and do something else. You're typically suffering from an overload! Go away if you can and don't think about it. When you get back, you'll have a new perspective. Works for me.

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