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Virginia Creeper

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:47

They really need to be in the ground Su 

Could you make a raised bed of some kind along the side of the garage to give them more sustenance? That may work sufficiently to get a bit of coverage and do the job. If not, it may be best to look at something more suitable. Ivies will grow well in pots without too much bother, especially the common one which will stay well behaved in a restricted space yet will grow to a good size. Many shrubs will give good coverage, grow well in containers and they'll give year round interest if you pick carefully. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:32

Happy Birthday hogweed - have a cake on me!

 Daughter's cake from last year - didn't think you'd want this year's - it has a big 17 on it...

Water Lily

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:27

Good point philippa  Pond containers aren't solid like ordinary garden ones. I should have thought of that....

Right Fishy - you'll just have to make that pond bigger love! 

Taller, upright plants are needed for dragonflies for exactly that reason Lyn. A few flag iris or dwarf bullrushes will do the job. That pond I mentioned had been so neglected it didn't look like a pond was there. Once we cleared all the debris, there was only a clump of flag iris in it. We added a couple of things, but the dragonflies were using that fro their ladder quite happily  I had a clump of Equisetum in a previous pond which was great for them. Not invasive like it's relation - horsetail!

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:16

Steve - and there's me without a renewed passport...will you still let me in? 

Perfection isn't easily achieved Steve - the effort required to get up here is worth the pain....

Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:11

If you click on the little tree icon on the toolbar and follow the instructions, that will get your pix on the site. I think with the time of year the problem occurred, it could well be chafers rather than LJs. I had a little look online too! We tend to only get LJ damage here. 

Failing that - perhaps you could google images of both grub and it may jog your memory in case you've seen them but not realised what they are. 

It's probably best to identify which grub you have before spending more money on nematodes which you may not need though. Maybe you could take a look at night and see if you can see any grubs. With LJs, you can peg down a piece of black polythene down at night and it brings them to the surface in the morning. That might be worth trying too. 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 12:04

Hi ozwig - it may be better to start a new thread with a specific title like 'suitable area for an apple tree?' or something similar,  as you might get missed on this thread.

I'd be inclined to avoid an apple tree because the ground will be so depleted, and therefore won't benefit a fruiting tree much. You'd have a hard job getting the ground in good shape I think  

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:29

Ah - but it's not as good as the Scottish scenery Steve...

I'd get my coat but perhaps I should get my tin hat instead!  

Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:21

Sorry - our posts crossed Suze. Do you have a pic of the grubs? That will help with the advice. I always think of leatherjackets first I'm afraid 

Chafer grubs are quite small compared to LJs which are dark - grey/brown - and about an inch long if that's any help. 

Grubs in turf

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:19

I knew someone like you would come along to help Dave! 

I must admit , I didn't really take note of Suze saying it was new turf.

I agree though - that's pretty poor, but it might be difficult to get rectified by whoever supplied it. You know what some of these suppliers are like 

Dave - will seed germinate well at that time of year, or is it that I'm sceptical because  I'm further north, and it would be pretty cold by end of September for grass to germinate readily? 


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:13

Steve - when I said you'd hit the nail on the head - I wasn't referring to your intermittence...I got interrupted just as I was about to post  

I was replying to your 9.24 am post  

MrsT - we've all done those things at times...I still am 

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