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Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:42

Hi Dave. I've just read this thread and I can understand how you're feeling a bit fed up. I blame those who sell laurels at that height to start with as they always need a good prune on planting, need more monitoring re water and food, and will take much longer to establish. Smaller plants (2 to 3 feet)  establish better and grow quicker - catching up and overtaking bigger ones. I'm also quite horrified at what you've paid for them  

 You've done the right thing by following the advice everyone has given about cutting back etc. and by the end of summer they will be doing well - and next year they will have turned into  a good hedge. If you apply a mulch round the base that will help keep them weed free which is an advantage.  Your neighbour's conifers won't have been cheap either and he may yet encounter a few problems with them establishing. Anything big has to be watched closely for quite a while.

Don't lose heart. 


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:29

Hello everybody peeps 

Busy day at work and now I have to get dinner and go and pick up some things with daughter so just having a quick shuftie here.

Hosta's been busy - watch that knee though 

I don't care for the makeover thing much either - it's too much of a 'cheap tv' exercise for me, but I'd always defend the right of people to have a go at something they really want to try and do. At least they won't look back in 20 or 30 years with regret because they never had a go. 

Dove  Please don't give it to me  Hope you're better soon 

Lovely pix BL - we need DavidK's camera thread - I've forgotten exactly what it's called though.

Lesley - we do have sunshine and blue skies in Scotland sometimes... Mr Sheep was enjoying it last Friday too!



Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:10

Morning all. No time to be on yesterday as I cut grass, collected a daughter who helped me with bags of bark, then dinner, then other daughter needed help - (exams for her this week too ) then it was time for the last episode of Safe House and bed  

Hope all the exam takers do well. Good luck to all 

 I sympathise Lesley - starlings are a damn nuisance if they're nesting in the house. The house across from me has them and he doesn't seem to realise the damage they're doing to his property! Get the holes blocked after they go, although it's hard to keep them out once they find a way in 

Off to work in a mo. No rest for the wicked.

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're up to, and take it easy all the recently injured parties and those who've been grafting outdoors!

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:03

LilyP - we regularly had a tree creeper in the garden round the corner from where I am now - there were two mature trees there. I loved seeing him - mainly late winter - running up and down the trunk 

Greenfinches seem to be declining here - not seen any for years, even at my last house where we had hordes of wildlife, I only ever saw the odd one now and again.

Not in the garden but I saw a couple of wheatears on the mountain on Friday. Delightful  

Getting rid of toxic greenfly spray

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 07:40

HI Shari - I think if you hozed it off so quickly it'll probably be fine. You did the right thing. Not much more you can do but someone else may have an additional bit of advice. It won't do any harm to give the plants another dousing if there's no rain today 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 07:37

Morning all. About to take daughter to work then get there myself after my week off and it's a nice day here - typical! Could do with another week really 

Take care of those undergardeners Dove 

Good luck flumpy. You sound more positive 

Have a good day everyone. I will catch up with you all later this evening if I don't have time before then. 

Can I move a mature Euonymus fortunei Emerald n Gold

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:13

In a word - yes!

You might want to cut it back a bit to make life easier - for you and the plant. Prepare the new site thoroughly with some fresh compost and a bit of food, and once you've moved it, keep it well watered until it's established. They're pretty tough so you shouldn't have  a problem. I've moved euonymous quite often with no issues.

sowing seeds into pots and containers

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:09

I'd agree with Dave - wildflowers don't really lend themselves to containers. If you have an area of low fertility where you can sow those that would be better. With the other seeds, it depends what they are - I think you'd have to organise them according to colours and sizes etc to make it work well. 

Acer tree help - drooping

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 19:04

I think it may be getting too much sun chris. Is that a glass/perspex balustrade it's behind? Acers tend to like damp shadier spots so it's probably just too hot and dry. If you can give it a bit of shade it will stop it drying out too much. It's surprising how quickly a plant uses up the moisture in a pot. If you have other plants you can place around it, that will also help. 

Garden Design Help with pics

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 18:59

Hi alex. I see that you have young children - they can take their toll on a garden very quickly! Are you keen to keep a large area of grass for playing? It's a lovely surface for children. I'd tend to keep most of that and perhaps form a large border in one corner to have plants/shrub/trees that you like. A really strong look concentrated in one main area is always better than a lot of individual plants dotted around - especially if you like a contemporary, modern feel.

As Gillian says,  good views from a room that you use a lot are important, especially in winter when you'll be looking out rather being out. If you like encouraging wildlife - bird feeders and a bird bath in a prominent spot would be great for winter. Make a list of all the things you like - colour, style, flower types etc as well as your needs - veg plot if you're keen on one, washing line, storage, seating /dining space, compost bin/work areas and so on. Then a list with the things you don't want, like or need.  Then some sketches as Gillian has said, to put in a few ideas. Just make sure they're to scale. 

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