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Moving and transplanting

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:54

Yes basically just make sure you have a sufficient root ball. You'll be able to tell by digging firstly about a foot from the stem, if the roots don't lift extend the circumference around the root ball to 2 ft, then further if it needs it. Wrap the root ball in damp/wet sacking and move. It may weigh a fair bit depending on how big a root ball you have so be prepared.

Camelia Care

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:48

I'd feed it after flowering then in the autumn, it gives it fuel to overwinter.

Crazy Ivy

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:52

You can cut it back now, but you will have to check for nesting birds as disturbing them is a criminal offence.

There is also the probability of overwintering insect, particularly butterflies. If I were you I'd trim the top now to a manageable level, then in about July when most of the chicks have fledged and before some insects have laid their eggs.

You can't please all the wildlife so some will suffer, but leaving it a bit later will allow the ivy to recover and some food and laying opportunities for insects. 

Miniature Rose Bushes

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:03

Care is still the same, all roses require pruning of some sort, if you go back to the RHS site and look at pruning roses, follow the guide for pruning bush roses as climbers and shrub roses require different treatment.

Rose rosette disease.

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:44

I'd dig them up and burn then straight away. Inform defra

Get them to investigate. The disease is more likely to come from an imported source. A virus can only spread via a living organism (aphids etc) so it would not be airborne, but if it rose rosette virus it will probably be a notifiable infection.

Replacing old patio with new lawn

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:26

Firstly make sure you get all the patio base up. The lime in the concrete will do a lawn no favours. The ground will likely be compacted so it should be dug or rotorvated, a spade depth will do. I'd let the rain get to it for a week or so before preparing to either turf or seed. It may take some time to settle so be patient. Digging up patio's in favour of grass can be a bit fraught, and it will take regular watering. Don't feed it till the grass has really established, and depending on how the new lawn takes this could be several months, maybe more. If you have having problems come back to us, plenty of help here.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:07

Yep, moss goes black after treating, now you can scrape it out. Hard work but worth it.

Black...good or yuck?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:59

I'm growing for the first time a black hollyhock. I have wondered myself and generally I wouldn't plant black of any description (maybe black bamboo), so I am to be persuaded.

Screening bush/tree

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:56

Fargesia Rufa a clump forming bamboo makes a nice screen dense and I grow clematis through it to add some interest, needs good moisture ideally, but I have some on a dry bank next to a leyllandi hedge and it's fine.

Moved into new house and unsure of plants

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:48

Elderberries straight from the bush can cause stomach upsets in children and vunerable adults, but the wine from the berries is like port if left for a few years. A good reason for keeping it.

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Clematis for a dry bank

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Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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