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Tree in a shady area

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 11:12

That looks a good option I think. Wasn't sure about eleagnus or choisya. Thanks both. Will see what we can find. 

Tree in a shady area

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 14:14


We have recently taken down a catalpa tree as it was too big and too close to the house. However it has opened up a big area which is now not very private from the neighbour. You can probably just see our neigbours house on the right and he has a balcony there. I have attached some photos as the area is quite close to the house and in the Winter is very shady, in Summer we have a little sun. We need something with year round foilage and over 2 metres. We have a hedge but our neigbour is very anal about the height, which obviously means we are not getting much privacy with a laurel bush at 6ft tall! Can anyone help please? We did contemplate a pergola but may be cheaper to replant trees and offer immediate screening.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:52

Thanks very much Philippa. The compost sack idea sounds good. Hadn't thought of that! Have you ever repotted them out of Spring time, as this seems to be the time to do it? They are currently growing in pots and thriving. They will be going into a shady area (at least for the Winter at least) as we don't get as much sun there as it is too low in the Winter.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 16:17

Could I replant the bamboo into pots and plant the pots into the ground? Is this one way of using the bamboo as screening and not having the issue of roots spreading too much? If so what pots should I use? thanks in advance.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:08

Many thanks, I agree. I think repotting into containers in the Spring is the only option. I was hoping to use them as screening between the driveway and the garden which would also act as some privacy from the neigbour. Can you recommend any shrub suitable that grows quickly? We had a Catalpa tree there and whilst it was private it was totoally in the wrong place, so maybe another tree with slow growing roots or maybe a line of shrubs. We have lots of laurel so more hedgecutting wouldn't go down well.

Repotting Bamboo

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 07:39

I have 3 largish pots which are displaying some lovely clumping bamboo on some decking at the moment but they are outgrowing the pot. I now realise the best time to do this is Spring time, however they really have got big. I was going to split them into quarters and repot them somewhere else in the garden. I think even though they are clumping bamboo (I think) the roots are still prone to spreading quite rapidly. One website recommends using some lining before putting bamboo in the ground and overlap it by a foot. Does this really help the roots from spreading too much and does anyone know what lining this is please? Can I also get away with repotting them now or not?

Tree pruning after damage

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 06:17

I was thinking about a bird table. I can kind of she the start of a shape today. I have initially cut about 2/3 off of each branch, however those that are left are quite think and need my husband to do those. We will maybe see after the initial prune, leave it a year then if we decided it isn't doing much will cut it back. It also makes a great place for a hammock so am reluctant to chop it down completely. Many thanks

Tree pruning after damage

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 18:01

We have two mulberry trees in our garden. They are next to each other but think they are slightly different varieties. The problem we have is last year we had heavy snowfall and one of the trees split down the centre and has sliced the trunk lengthways. Around 70% of the tree remained but lost some.This now means that although it is producing leaves etc in abundance the shape of it has been compromised. I have just started pruning today. It is around 20-30 feet tall. Thing is, I am pruning it but cannot seem to get a decent shape as it is very lopsided after the snow. The bark inside the tree at the back is very exposed, but I am not sure whether to just cut it right back to the top of the trunk and see what it produces as there is foilage on the branches near the trunk, or chop it down completely. I don't think I am going to get a decent shape from it as most of the back of the tree is missing. I have had to thin it quite considerably as the Mulberry next to it is growing toward the light and is suffering from this one tree which has got too big. I know some trees benefit from a harsh prune each year to encourage fresh growth, although not sure with this.

Grass in block paving

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 10:29

My neighbour uses a flame gun and it is excellent without using weedkillers which can be harmful to pets and am not keen on using if I can help it. I agree if it is swept regularly it will stop so many weeds growing but does not stop them all obviously. A pressure washer is good too but may be a little aggressive and very time consuming.


Posted: 05/09/2015 at 01:00

Brill thanks. Thinking about it I may have read that before but at least it has clarified it for me. 

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Repotting Bamboo

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Tree pruning after damage

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