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Post - Laylandai

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 12:20

Leylandii are greedy trees so once the stumps have gone dig in a trailerload or three of well rotted farmyard manure.  Digging over the area will also allow winter rains to penetrate the soil, as it will be very dry where the trees have been.  You can then plant your hedge anytime this winter as long as the ground isn't frozen.  

Don't make the mistake of buying plants that are too big.  They will get rocked about in the winter winds and then water will get in around the roots and freeze and the roots may suffer rot damage.  Smaller plants will suffer less from wind damage and the roots will establish better in the spring as they don't have a big area of leaves to support.  They won't put on a lot of top growth in the first year as the roots will be establishing, but the following year they'll begin to grow away nicely. 

A top dressing of fish, blood and bone in the spring will be good for them, and mulching with something that will help retain moisture around the roots through the summer will be good - more well rotted FYM, compost or leaf mould will be fine but keep the area  immediately around the stems clear.

Oh, and don't forget to keep the bottom of the hedge clear of weeds and grass - it's amazing the difference it makes to the rate of growth of the hedge.

Good luck - that's a big job you've got on - hope there's someone around to help 

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:40

Beautiful Pam 

Tree roots with reference to drains

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:39

Rowan will be fine, their roots don't spread far and don't seem to actively seek drains like willow and poplar do.  

Have a look at Crataegus x prunifolia - the ornamental hawthorn - spring blossom, wonderful autumn leaf colour and berries.  

Also  consider whitebeam - a tree that looks like a tree, but not too big, with a fairly shallow root system and again blossom and autumn fruits.  


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:25
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Thanks for the reminder about car insurance dove, the company didnt remind me this year just checked got about 3 weeks to do a search round. 


ATTENTION MRS G!!!  Renew your car insurance - I've just done mine - Saga have my custom this year.

A lovely surprise in the garden this morning

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:19

I can see buds on my David Austin Mayflower rose from my kitchen window 

A lovely surprise in the garden this morning

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 10:43

Obviously not Sara  - are they the native wild-type poppies or one of the cultivated vareties?

Tudor Monastry Farm

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 10:41

The harrow may not have achieved a lot on the ground, but it is a recognised technique for accustoming draught horses (and presumably oxen) to the feeling and noise of something following along behind them whenever they move.

Remember the Eagles' song Take it Easy ..... "don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy" is an analogy for someone getting stressed by their own life, and refers to young carriage horses being spooked by the carriage they were pulling.

From what I could see that was what was happening with the oxen on tv last night and I think they may have had more fun and games with them than we saw!!! 

As for Southdown sheep - a lovely docile breed - I used to keep a flock of them and they're probably my favourites.  I think they've been chosen for their docility rather than for authenticity, as the breed was only established about 200 years ago.  The rangier and livelier Norfolk Horn type of sheep or even the ancestors of the Lincoln Longwool would've been more authentic but they might have been more difficult for the programme to manage.

Nevertheless, a fascinating programme and I look forward to the next one.  

Compost again

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 09:32

Oh dear, bless him!!!  I'd rather eat a lettuce that has been near a slug than one that has grown in a bed covered with slug pellets 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 09:19

It was wet overnight but bright sunshine now here in Norfolk.  Yes Clarington a few days dry weather would be good; our lawns really need mowing too.


Posted: 14/11/2013 at 09:14

Just checked Streetview - it's been updated since we moved in, but now there's the builder's big bags of sand and gravel etc all over the lawn, and it was before we had the new front door fitted - and why do they always do it on Bin Day 

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