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New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 22:05

HI all

Thanks for the great replies, I am thinking that i will spend a few quid and get myself a good weedkiller then and do a couple of applications, would you all agree that roundup would be the best to use or has anyone used anything similar that may be cheaper?  The plot size off the top of my head is approx 2m x 8m for the small border in the back garden which needs killing and the front garden is approx 6m x 6m but I may still go the bleach route (for cheapness) in the front as we may just be paving or cementing over this, I am not working right now so it all boils down to cash.

As far as the plots go, when we moved in a few months back we saw which plants were growing and there was nothing appealing, it was prodiminantly Ivy which was everywhere and a real b*gger to get rid of, there were some flowers but nothing even slightly appealing, there must have been 15 yellow rose bushes!  Also there were lots of thorny bushes and these had to come out as my basset hound pup was chewing them.

If you guys could reply regarding which weedkiller you would suggest for the back then that would be smashing, thanks!  Also can I ask would weedkiller also kill unwanted plants too if their roots were still there? I do actually want to do this as there will still be ivy, rose and bramble bush roots pretty deep underground.

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:27

HI All

We have just spent a couple of weeks digging out lots of horrible brick walls and crazy paving in our new house.  The front and the back had so many plants, thorny bushes, tonnes of rose bushes (not our cup of tea at all) and awful weeds growing all over that we basically levelled everything with a strimmer and we have tried to dig up as much as poss but it is an impossible task.  We really need a quicker fix as I have just had a back operation and cannot be digging for hours, we need to know what we can use on the soil to kill off the roots of all the plants and weeds this year, ready to be turfed over and some new plants planted next spring. 

People where I walk my pup have mentioned using plain old bleach to me, someone else said caustic soda and another said diesel, whatever it is it has to be a cheap and cheerful solution and I have to be able to re-plant stuff next year.

If you can give me any advice that would be super, thanks in advance peeps.

Newhouse and new to gardening, plant type and general advice please!

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:19
Christopher2 wrote (see)
Too impatient Davy, I didn't read your post properly. Is your,eucalyptus large? Other foliage trees/bushes that can be treated same way, viz., cutting hard back, are sambucus Sutherland gold, lovely,yellow foliage, Acer flamingo which is pink, white, cream, etc. and berberis which are purple, but prickly. You can create lovely tapestry with foliage if you also add Heucheras and some blue and yellow grasses. Don't forget the odd evergreen too though.....maybe camellia, choisya, etc.

Excellent, will check out those evergreens as I cannot bare a garden full of empty branches, it just looks depressing.  I love acers but not fussed on pink as a colour but I have been looking at Golden Full Moon acer, i love the full leaves but again these look so bare in winter.  Not overly fussed on the berberis but open to check out any other suggestions anyone can offer?

Newhouse and new to gardening, plant type and general advice please!

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:15

Mummy Muddy paws, what a fabulous answer and some great ideas!  We have actually just stripped the whole brick wall of ivy that was everywhere and was beginning to dmage the bricks, I think we are going to plant 4 or 5 nice colourful bush/trees in a row along the brick wall instead to hide it. 

Other replies, Wow brilliant thanks for confirming the names for the plants chaps, I have wanted to know for weeks and now I am one happy amateur gardener, infact I have just got my scruffs on and am off out now to crack on!

Newhouse and new to gardening, plant type and general advice please!

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 12:21

Hi All

I am new to garndening but am currently loving getting stuck in and getting my hands dirty as I have only just bought my first house and I would like some help with a couple of plant questions please.  We have basically levelled the garden but kept the greenhouse and are looking for nice plants bushes and trees to liven the garden up, to give you an idea of what I like I am growing a red and an orange acer tree and a chocolate plant, but they are too small at the moment.  

We have left one tree planted in the garden and this is it but I don't know what it is:

 I would really love to know what it is please, and want to keep it but the main large part of the tree is completely dead and really needs digging up, so I want to cut these new lovely bits off and grow from them, can I have some advice how to do this please??

Also I took a picture of a plant/bush that I love which is on my daily dog walk, after doing some internet research I believe it is a smoke Tree / Royal Purple, is this correct please?  If so I will nip out and buy one.


If anyone would like to recommend some gorgeous trees to plant that will brighten up my garden but not need too much looking after and pruning that would be great, I would prefer all year round colour but that is not essential.

Many Thanks in advance

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