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Hedge Advice - Which type of Laurel?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:05

I'd agree with nut Jenny. The common laurel gets very big so you need a fair bit of room to let it spread or it doesn't look right. You'd end up with very little foliage and lots of branches if you wanted to keep it as tight as the hedge you have there. The more nutrition you can get into the soil the easier it will be for your new hedge to get established. Conifers take a lot out of soil and leave it hungry.  A little sprinkling of Blood, fish and bone at planting time will help and you may find you'll have to water quite a bit when you replant as well. 

Talkback: How to grow pinks from cuttings

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:31

If they're in suitable ground they should be fine where they are Billie. It's wet soggy ground they hate so if they have good drainage there's no need to lift them. If you're worried then put them into pots for this winter and try and improve your soil for next year if you want to keep them in the ground permanently. I love them but we get high rainfall so I mostly grow in pots, but I've grown them in the ground  successfully where I've mixed large amounts of grit into the ground first. 

Clearing a garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:23

It's like having another child Mr T! 

creating impact with 1 narrow bed in a small urban garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:21

Walls are also useful for non planting items. If you have room and if it appealed to you,  you could have a wall mounted fountain feeding into a container within the bed. Greenery either side of it along the wall so that it's slightly hidden, and simple planting in the rest of the bed to enhance it and make it the main feature. 

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:14

Let us know how you get on once you move in Peter. Extra pix will be helpful for any queries you have and there'll be plenty of help and advice should you want or need it.

Hope you enjoy your garden and making it your own space  

Walled garden with cottage to rent

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:02

I think you may be asking too much of the average tenant 

Perhaps it would be best to have a basic maintenance plan in place as part of the tenant contract and carried out by a local garden company, which would then be factored into the rent. 

Some of the agents who deal with rural property may have better advice - Strutt and Parker would be one, although I don't know how much rental stuff they do. 

Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:55

We have a fine 'crushed shell' finish on the houses here.  I've even seen magpies trying to hang on to bits.   The blue tits manage it no bother 


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:52

I like that saying KEF 

Although I do like weasels ..... but I couldn't eat a whole one.. 

Glad it's progressing fidget. I can understand the problem with the driving. I wish someone had taken my Dad's license off him in later years. It's about independence though isn't it? Very difficult. 

How on earth do you cook meals with only one pan bekkie?  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 19:46

Calm your jets Mr T!  

I wouldn't worry too much about going on it to do a first cut. It's not going to look like Centre Court by next spring anyway 

Seriously - you might want to leave over sowing of any bare bits still spring. Grass seed sown in the next couple of weeks may not germinate very quickly,  and you may find the grass gradually creeps into those areas anyway. Depends on weather conditions and temps too, of course. 


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:47

It won't be the best site for a phormium but they're pretty tough. Just a thought  - I've found it to be a much more compact variety than many of the others, so it may be a bit lost there unless you have something else in behind it as well. That could be tricky with the conditions you'll have.

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