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Fig tree is out of control

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:12

Are you sure that you can't remove this tree if that's what you want to do?  My understanding of the law is that in a Conservation Area, permission is required for the felling, pruning or lopping of any tree (including fruit trees) with a trunk greater than 7.5cm in diameter, that measurement to be taken at a height of 1.5m above ground level. 

Is the fig tree that big?

However, I love fig trees and I'm sure you can rejuvenate yours if that's what you want to do. 

I would pick out half a dozen branches that could by stretching your imagination be seen to form a fan shape, and remove the rest - but don't remove them all this winter - do half this winter and half next. 

You'll find a clearer explanation here

scroll down to Renovation Pruning.

Also have a look and see if the roots are constricted - hopefully they are as this encourages the tree to produce fruit. 

Alan 4711 is a forum member who is really into figs, and takes loads of cuttings - hopefully he'll see this post and tell you how to do that


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:53

Mad spaniel - then it has to be a Welsh Springer.

If she just wants Mad then you need an Irish Setter - son has always wanted one as it's the only dog he's ever seen run right across a football pitch sideways


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

 Just for Pdoc


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 15:49

It could well be a curlew AWB.  Other possibilities are whimbrels and godwits -  they're more unusual but we get them overwintering here on the east coast

My garden has been absolutely full of birds all day - all the usuals this morning plus a pair of jays. 

This afternoon has been quite unusual - despite heavy rain we've had three pairs of blackbirds scrapping over chopped apple.  They've also been pulling up moss from the terrace and digging around in the pots of bulbs looking for worms  A robin has been bathing in the birdbath, also in the rain. and also out there in the rain have been a pair of bluetits, stuffing their faces on the suet/insect block.  There have also been two pairs of woodpigeon and a stock dove, and there's a collared dove sitting up in the branches of the biggest ash tree, watching everyone.

Usually when it's raining all the birds take cover, but not this afternoon.

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 14:40

Last year forum member Jack made a wildlife pond - he posted some really good pictures - have a look here

We also made a wildlife pond last spring - by the summertime we had frogs, newts, toads, dragonflies and a visiting grass snake   Some pics here

 As you can see, we found a flexible liner with good underlay did the job absolutely perfectly.

no fruit on trees

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 11:09

Hello Philip , can you give us an idea of whereabouts you are (so we can consider the possibility of frost damaging blossom) and also the names of the varieties of the trees, as it may be that you don't have the appropriate pollinating varieties close by.

Do the trees have blossom each year?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:48

BL ((hugs)) what awful news - what terrible sadness - there are no words - our thoughts are with you and her family and all who loved her.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:34

What a handsome lad!   You're going to have some fun with him

grape vines

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:32

You need to get the right variety for the situation - whether outside or inside.  Have a look here

They really are very helpful and you can email them for advice.  I have no connection with them other than as a very satisfied customer.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:26


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