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A fast growing plant to give me privacy.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 17:12

I made this last year  - it provides extra privacy from the boundary as the whole garden borders a pavement -

It now looks like this, and there's a final piece of timber still to along the top

 If you leave aside the two containers, it's really just two posts with two horizontals. Verticals screwed on (of a lighter weight) and then two more horizontals to enclose them. The timber was painted first - worth doing. You can buy the ready mixed concrete for doing the posts if you don't want to mix it yourself. You can then plant it up as you see fit, but it can be  made attractive as a feature in it's own right. It really wasn't expensive.

Dead or alive?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 17:00

It looks as if it's being strangled just below the canopy by some plastic washing line or something, and tied to a fence (?) That won't be doing it any favours Len.  

It needs to be correctly staked - with a support low down at an angle so that it can gradually strengthen the main trunk.

It should also really be in a spot where there's no competition for nutrients too. The grass will take water and goodness from it so, ideally, you'd clear an area of grass about 3 feet round the base and put plenty of nourishment in the ground, as KEF has said. New trees need copious amounts of water in the early months, especially coming into summer.

I'm worried ...............

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:50

Oh  - but that would be too simple Hosta wouldn't it? Someone will be given mega bucks in  a grant to do that study and then nothing will come of it - as per usual. 

or am I just an old cynic?  


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:47

I go out for a few hours and you're chit chatting about ironing.... 

I have a pile here if your OH fancies doing it Hosta. My mum used to iron everything too. We must have had the smoothest towels in Britain 

Paint has been purchased - to tart up all the raised beds. They tell you it lasts for years without being redone...B******s. 

A few packs of bulbs fell into the basket....

Restoring wooden trough planter

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:50

Good luck 

Any ideas anyone?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:50

Freudian slip DD 

It does look like a succulent of some kind. Sedum I'd reckon too 


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:49

Absolutely jo  

You've done more than me - does watching the magpies poking about in the pots  at the back door count? 

I'm off out shortly to get paint and milk. Must check I put the right one in my tea ...

Anyone need anything?


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:36

Dove   It's also worrying when those sorts of businesses are being targeted more and more.

RB - shingles 

DD- I always behave well. Early to bed etc 

Restoring wooden trough planter

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:12

I stapled mine in to get a neat edge but a few tacks will do the job though.  If you tuck it in the soil will hold it in place but I'd personally try and attach it if you can.



Advice on cutting back an overgrown hedge

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:05

It's pretty robust  - if you're worried just wait till later ie April/May, but I've never had a problem before. It can look very dead if you cut it right back but it actually does it the world of good!   It does need trimming a few times during the year to keep it looking sharp though. It's also only semi evergreen so don't worry if it looks a bit sparse over winter. 

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