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Lavender bush

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 15:28

Yes chicky, leave it as the new roots will be below the soil level you have created.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 23:06

Don't worry peanuts it's that time of year for the early flowering plants all beginning to look shabby now, I feed mine now or over the next few weeks, they're storing up energy for next year.

Mexican Fan Palm

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 18:33

I'd put it in the ground over a pot even a large one, they can grow rapidly so would outgrow the pot quite quickly and trying to repot a large specimen would be labour intensive and expensive.

Lavender bush

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 18:26

Joanne, there is a method of getting this bush back to a smaller size.

If you use a mix of 50/50 sharp sand and compost, pile it over the base of the bush to a depth of about 6 inches now. By next summer you should have new growth appearing from the bottom, you can then cut the top growth away and resize it if you wish. It does work, you just need to be patient and not cut back till the new growth appears.

Advice on moving and cuttings on my Spirea

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:22

It looks like Spirea 'goldflame', propagate by softwood cuttings now, see link below for instructions. Moving should be done next month, lift it with as much of the root ball as you can, dig your planting hole first, then move, add some root grow to the hole along with some bonemeal and water it in well at least 2 gallons. It will droop a bit at first, but don't worry. If it's dry water well once a week and mulch it with some well rotted manure or farmyard manure from the garden centre. They aren't difficult to move and should come back well.

Used 4in1 now have patches

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:52

Ronnie, you need to improve the drainage first, moss grows in damp conditions so spike the area first by pushing a fork into the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches spaced every 6 inches and brush sharp sand into the holes. On it's own it may not be enough but it will improve the situation. You may need to repeat the process as only time will tell, so do it now and watch and wait. If you get moss over winter do the same again next spring then apply a moss killer. You may need to do it 3 or 4 times, but eventually you'll get on top of it.

Railway sleeper fixing

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:44

It really depends on what your ground is like. Sleepers are so heavy they don't generally move. I'd lay they them on a bed of sharp sand and cement 3 to 1, say 2 inches deep. Just make sure the base is level before you lay the sleepers on top.

Newly laid turf

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:00

Scott you'll have to let the lawn establish first, that will take about 6 months, now is a good time to lay turf or sow a lawn, keep it well watered especially during dry spells and don't cut it till it's at least 5 inches high, then for first cut have your mower on the highest setting it will go. Don't be tempted to do anything this year other than cutting.

You may get settlement, so watch for it, you can fill any dips with sieved topsoil mixed with grass seed. Mounds are dealt with differently, you cut the turf and scrape out some of the soil then put the turf back down.

I don't treat lawns under a year old, but see how it's growing next year before even thinking about it. 

If you need more help just ask.

Lupin suggestions please

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 17:52

You can sow them now Denyse, they'll  germinate and flower next year. They like well drained conditions maybe it was too wet in previous years for them being coastal. Acid soil doesn't matter, but to be on the safe side why not sow them in pots now, they germinate very quickly put them in a cold frame over winter  and plant them out in spring with some added drainage to the planting holes.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:14

Carbon steel blades or tines and ash handles, that's the secret Victoria, spend the extra money and with care they should last you years. The cheap stuff will only do what you have experienced. Don't overload your tools either.

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