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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:48

Better to deadhead them Yvie - the alchemilla. It's surprising how sturdy the roots are on even a tiny plant....

Interrupted Hardening Off

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:31

I would do that if I was you Marni. They'll produce more leaves I think - hopefully! 

If you can, it might be worth sowing a few more as back up anyway. They'll catch up quite quickly and won't take long to harden off as it would be end of May by the time they were any size, and it should be ok for them to go outside then. Having a bit of fleece to hand is useful for the nights that colder weather's forecast too. 

This gardening lark's never easy is it?  

Which edging shears for border log roll?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:27

You've probably done the right thing Lucid - sorry I couldn't reply earlier as I was dashing out to work!

I have some three inch (75mm) posts that I use for edging on a border at the front of the house - they were a temporary thing, but I may fix them in properly as they're just the right height for edging there, and it makes it easier to keep the mower level. That might be an option for you, depending on the shapes you need. Alternativley - you can cut them to the height you want and concrete them in vertically. Bit cheaper than sleepers too. Bricks or pavers concreted in make good edges, but again, the price can make that a bit expensive.  

Horsetail/horsemare and black looking asparagus weeds.

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:20

Sorry - but you just have to keep applying weedkiller at regular intervals. You can also pull it out every time you see it as that helps weaken it, but the ones that look 'asparagus' like are the fruiting bodies. Hack them off at the ankles before they seed everywhere. 

It's one of the oldest living things on the planet - so it's a battle you'll never win!  Covering it just makes it send it's roots underground and it'll pop up somewhere else - usually the edge of whaterver you cover it with!   You just have to keep controlling it as best you can I'm afraid 

Soil full of tree roots, north, fence

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:16

I think you'll struggle to get much to establish there. I can get away with planting under conifers, but only because we have a lot of rain - even in summer. I'm not surprised the hydrangea isn't doing well. 

You might get hardy geraniums to take - and once established, they'll be fine. It would be worth improving the soil drastically first, and when you plant anything, really drown it with water and then mulch. If you can raise the crown of any of those conifers, that will help as well. 

Take a look at Long Acres nursery online - they specialise in plants for shade of all types.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:08

Night Pat - sleep well  

LP - how typical! Glad you got a few cuddles, but hope you're all right   

Do you think DD is in there now? Sending fairy hugs anyway...

Joyce - Mamores hopefully. Forecast has changed half a dozen times since Wednesday, but Sunday is looking promising. It's a bank holiday too , so I expect hills will be busy - unfortunately. Will take crampons just in case, and I'll make sure I don't forget my knee braces this time....

Hosta - what are we going to do with you? Not safe to be let out on your own....

Hope they can get to the bottom of it  (no pun intended  ) but it does sound like kidney stones. 

I wonder if Yvie has remortgaged the house....

Double figures here, so I might get some stuff done outside. Grass to cut, and a few things to lift and split. 

poorly fatsia

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 14:01

I'd agree with Liri. They can survive quite a bit of frost. Mine has had umpteen sessions of it this winter,  and they often have rough  foliage through winter anyway, but I leave all the ropey bits on until it warms up and I can snip them off. The new growth is always a bit more susceptible anyway.   It'll come back. 

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:07

The red foliage often turns green I think,  ms.G - but do you mean yours is losing foliage? The new foliage can be damaged by frost. 

Problem with my magnolia

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:01

It looks a bit sickly so I'm guessing either the soil's wrong for it, it's waterlogged or it's too dry. Has it established in the hole it's in? If it's a bit root bound when planted, the roots may not have been growing outwards into the space. 

Can you give some more info and also a view of what else is around it? Photos would help with advice too. 

Which edging shears for border log roll?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 07:55

I can't open your link, but you need the long handled kind for doing the edges. Like a pair of scissors. You can also get the same thing but with horizontal blades for doing the surface of the edges. I just use toe first kind though.

I see that log edging everywhere - but it's not very good for a grass edge. It usually collapses, and people clearly have the same issue because there's always loads of weeds and random bits of grass sticking up!  It's worthwhile investing in a decent edge so that you can mow right up and over the edges, or not bothering with anything at all. Create a little 'ditch' between the grass edge and the border, making a slight slope upwards.  Easier to get the edges clipped really neatly then  

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