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Laurel...

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:50

Hi Steve. If you've prepared the ground well before planting they shouldn't really need anything more just now. A lot depends on the conditions where you've planted them .You could give them a sprinkling of general fertiliser of your choice if you didn't do that at the time. Blood, fish and bone is my personal favourite, but use whatever you prefer. Just make sure they don't dry out if you're having hot weather but don't drown them either! A mulch after watering is beneficial to preserve moisture in hot dry weather. Bigger hedging plants often take longer to establish than smaller ones so you could cut them back a bit if they look like they're struggling at all. 

Deborah - I know this is probably too late for a reply but  yes - I'd cut them back a good bit if you haven't already done that. The weather conditions, the site and the time of year you planted would have made it difficult for them to establish well. As I said to Steve- bigger plants take longer to establish anyway. Cutting them back will encourage more growth lower down. 

small-wildlife-pond-for-lone-froggy

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:09

Oh lyndab that's just so sweet. I'm sure froggy will love his little pond. Just make sure anything going in can also get out safely- a little slope of stones and gravel up to one edge will be plenty.  Don't know if you need the air stone or not but your main problem will be to stop it freezing in winter. If you can manage that you'll get lots of little creatures visiting - birds will drink and bathe in it. Not sure if I'd put any more plants in as they'll probably take over completely. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:41

Evening all. Pentillie we've just been saying recently that we haven't heard from Frank and a few others for a while  so hope they're all ok. Hope you've been fine too. What have you been up to?

Panda - I just thought that was a pic of you and the hanging basket was the gift....

Been out a-fixing and a-footering around with more fence bits. Removed one of those metposts- didn't have to get older daughter to help with it either! She put the extra hinge on the side gate though so she was quite happy. 

Just waiting on dinner cooking. Moroccan chicken.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:24

Belated birthday cheers Panda- hope you're sharing cake with us all later....don't let Verd know though- he'll have the lot the little greedy guts! 

Dont' recall the B &W minstrels either - I'm only 27.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:17

Birdy 

Take care if you're digging near where the lilies  are so that you don't spear the bulbs!

pruning-a-firethorn

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:14

James I'm assuming you want to keep it so I'd suggest using a hedgetrimmer to take it back to the depth you want and perhaps cut it down to just below the windows with the loppers (and even an ordinary saw for the thicker branches) so that it's more 'hedge' like. Any new growth from there should be easier to maintain where you want it with secateurs or shears. It's not really the right time of year as this is when the berries appear which the birds love, but I appreciate you just want to get it manageable. If you feel it's too invasive for your site, you might want to hack it back to the ankles and then take it out  completely and replace it with something easier.  Make sure you have sturdy gloves! 

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:55

They'll survive Birdy! Maybe you could move them later when they've finished flowering so that you have them in a better place and can admire them more easily  

PS mark them with a little stick or something so that know where they are!

caterpillar

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:51

Not sure myself laney but there's a site called Uk Safari which identifies caterpillars so you might get it on there if no one here can help. If nutcutlet's on here today she will probably know  

need-a-similar-but-bigger-plan-to-pinus-mugo-minikin-dwarf-mountain-pine

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:40

Hi scgh. Unfortunately it's the age old request- something that'll grow quickly but suddenly stop at a desired height! You'll probably better to get something which will grow at a decent rate but will then need to be pruned or trimmed to keep to the height you want. Laurels will take anything thrown at them but put on  a lot of growth once established. They're often used for hedging and can get to a huge height but you can keep it chopped back to a metre quite easily. Eucalyptus is very fast growing so you'd definitely need to hack it back a good bit every year but it benefits from that as it helps it retain it's blue/grey foliage. It's not always hardy in certain conditions, but if it's a warmer area you're in and the site has a bit of shelter you should have no problem. If you google these you'll get some extra info. Both are easy to obtain as well.  

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:15

Gilly I've gone for the carefully applied Jackson Pollock look for my 'paint' tan.  

Just as well it washes off! Have heard the sprayers are not too great so let us know how you get on with it.

Off to work now. Have a good day everyone 

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