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Roots everywhere

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 09:11

Firstly the name comes from a period years ago when whilst playing pool in a friends house I stood in the pets water dish, everybody else in the room shouted out " Ah Dogbowl" & the name stuck.

Yes garden full with old tree's of all shapes and size's all appear to be strugling for light from nearby conifirs and hedges. Most growing at an angle trying to get to the centre of the lawn & out of the shadows. Some tree's are dead & rotting where they stand with all kinds of coloured mold on their branches / bark.

I dont wont to remove everything just because its a funny shape or just old but I think most will go by the end of the tiding period. There must have been 20 hollytree's over various height and width

Roots everywhere

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:09

Son just moved into an old house with large garden which must have looked outstanding 20 years or so ago. And because I own a spade & loppers & read gardeners world magazine or watch the t.v programe. Son & girlfriend seem to think I am Alan titchmarch or Monty don & are forever asking me questions well behond my experiences.

Which is where You lot my be able to help ?? I have cut some hedges and removed various over grown weeds/bushes it's going to be a long job.

But Todays question is Roots laying just below the surface and then spreading out not all of them alas there are still the deep growing ones that make me sweat whilst attempting to dig them out. But loads once you find them can be Tugged/Pulled along the Lawn often for yards !! What is the cause of this ??

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:50

SALT, they dont like it up um. Of course one needs to locate the little blighters first and then sprinkle with the stuff.

I find that the small sachets one finds in the till area of most high st food chains or works cafeteria ideal & I keep a supply of these in my pocket whilst I garden. Not P/C perhaps But effective

Which Root Killer Really works

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:28

Been told else where(down the pub) to cut close to ground drill some holes and tip Bleach down the holes !!!! Another customer(who was wearing a flatcap,so should know what he was on about !!!!) said tip Round up into the holes and then leave.

I know from an old chemist friend of mine that Bleach comes in various strengths depending very much on the price(you have to just read the label on the back for the details). With that in mind I read the labels of various of the shelve weed killers and most seem to have the same products and the same amounts give or take a ...0% . But in powder form the ingredients Appear to be 100% stronger

Which Root Killer Really works

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:41

Need to remove well established roots from various tree's and bushes many of which are Holly. I intend to dig out what I can but to be honest its a lot harder than I had hoped(can not get a mini digger around the back)

So if I cut off at the ground level and used a product a Few years down the road it must become easier ??

There are various named product on the shelve in handy pump bottles or do I go for a Powder and mix it my self or try an agricultural place and get what professionals / farmers use ?? or is it the same stuff ???


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:27

A Bonfire

What in earth can they be ??

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:25

Never thought or even heard of that as an option. Dont think many of the channels would be wide enough to take a tin can to be honest.

I thought I might just back fill with gravel just in case the old guy never quite understood the French drain method. He was the only previous owner from new so at least I know it was down to him.

What in earth can they be ??

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:07

My son as just moved into an 1930's house & I have been asked to help sort the rather tired looking garden. Several old rotting tree's a mass of holytree's in all shapes and sizes. The lawn is a lot of moss and the previous owner dug rather a lot of small ditches ???(I'm thinking French drains ?? But there's No gravel ,just ditches) plus they dont seem to go in any special direction some go 20ft others 50ft

Neighbours claim they have no trouble with holding water !!!

So any idea's

Too Many Hyacinths In A Bowl

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 20:08

I think the former seeing that the granddaughter had helped & she had expected to give out for presents.

Last years was a huge success but we got carried way this autumn try to improve on the previous display.

Too Many Hyacinths In A Bowl

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 19:35

I have put to many Hyacinth bulbs in a bowl for Xmas display. Removed this evening from their dark place under the stairs to find the roots have pushed several bulbs out of the compost.!!!!!!!

HELP, Do you think I could CAREFULLY knock the bulbs & roots out and replant in bigger pot/bowl ????


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