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Posted: 20/05/2017 at 10:25
susan827 says

What am I doing wrong?

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 What  problem / problems are you  having?  More info will give us more help for offering advice  

Location, site, types of clematis, other planting,  aspect etc.

Watering my young Cherry Blossoms

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 08:27

Depends on the location, the ground, how well you've prepped the planting holes  and what else is around. If the rain has been heavy enough to penetrate properly, you probably don't need to worry.

It's one of those situations where you just have to use your judgement. If they look happy and the ground where you've planted them is well soaked, then leave them for a little while - a week possibly, depending on the weather.  If the ground's still dry - water them. 

Amelanchier best kind

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 07:29

I've only ever grown bog standard lamarckii - always straightforward. There's a variety called Ballerina which is popular,  but I don't know if there's a huge difference other than size.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 07:23

My strawberries are all in flower here. I don't really like them that much! Not sure why I grow them really  

No plans as such today although there's plenty needs doing. No chance of a hill which is annoying as there's been some good weather during the week. Such is life 

Have you had any more thoughts on your trees amberspy? I wonder if you'd be better waiting till autumn and getting some bare root specimens. Much cheaper if you need a lot.

Tomato Plant Concern

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:45

Are you in the UK? It's very early to be putting tomatoes out. They need the warmer temperatures from when they go out - if it's not warm enough when they first go out, that will set them back and do the damage. Cold winds will also affect the growth. It's fluctuating temps that cause the most issues.

It also sounds as if you've been giving them a lot of food which they don't need at an early stage. They don't need any extra food until they set the first truss of fruits. Overfeeding will produce  a  lot of growth which  is then vulnerable in lots of ways. That first pic in particular - it already has a fruit there, yet the plant is clearly unhealthy. It looks as if it has too much top growth which isn't being supported by the root system. It all points to the plants growing too quickly and therefore being a bit weak.

Builders sand in soil

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:37

Hi Serena - it depends how much there is and what type of sand. If it's the stuff used for making mortar, which I'm assuming it is, you'd be better removing it as best you can. It makes soil stick together, as opposed to the gritty stuff which helps open it up. 

If there isn't too much, you can add organic matter - manure and compost - to help disperse it, but it would help if you could give us an idea of the volume you have 

Yellowing yew hedge

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:23

Moving larger specimens will always be tricky, but having them under a conifer adds to the issue. I'd agree with daffyg - water and mulch, then cross your fingers. Cut back a bit and see how it progresses in the next month or two. A seaweed feed will help promote new growth, but you may find they'll always have a bit of a struggle in the location you have them.

Unknwon Tree

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:17

Looks like ash. Even small ones can be difficult to remove, so it's better to get it out now if you can!

Garden Update

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:15

I'd agree - the border is too narrow for big shrubs or trees. Even slimmer shrubs - and by that I mean ones you can wall train or keep tight - will encroach or your grass. I'd take  a.good chunk of that grass away if you want some shrubs along the wall.

Amelanchier would provide screening - light canopy and can be pruned lower down to give a 'tree like' trunk with foliage further up. That would allow you to underplant. Escallonia can be kept quite tight against a wall too.

Please help identify

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 06:08

Bindweed. It'll have white flowers and is quite invasive  here in the UK, but you can get rid of it by painting the new growth with weedkiller and keeping it in a plastic bag to prevent it touching anything you want to keep. Another method is to cut it back, insert a cane in beside it which it will grow up, making it easier to treat.

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