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Jim Macd

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Container grown Acer

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 14:56

Put simply good draining means it has a good proportion of air. Plants that don't need good drainage have specially adapted roots to take up what they need in the absence of a good amount of air. So, raise up your pots so any water can run out, add in grit so take  up room that water-holding compost would otherwise occupy. Gravel at the bottom won't improve drainainge, what you need is to provent the holes at the bottom from blocking up, most people but some crocks over the holes but don't block them. I would put it in a large container now and let it grow.

Laburnum Tree doesnt look too healthy

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 14:40

there has to be a blance between the amount of leaves a tree has and the amount growth those leaves can sustain. If you think that growth is all over the tree from the tips to the girth at the base then there's an increasing amount of growth each year and not a balanced increase in the canopy of the tree so part of the tree will die once that balance tips in the direction of growth over leaf. Not easy to explain.

I'm assuming the cause isn't disease of course. If it is disease then you will need to cut off all dead or disease bit into clean wood with a clean saw.

We had a really old Laburnum that had lost it's main trunk, it was still a beautiful small shrub for years. So I agree with nut. Yours is a very beautiful tree so only take off what you have to.

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:46

Oh, yes, I think they're great. A couple of years ago this week I went to Northumberland and I've got some nice photos of some on Hawthorn. I'll post when I get home.

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:36

Okay, thanks Edd but they're a composite organism technically. I think they're fantastic too, and get quite niggled with my neighbour, she burns coke and all kinds of crud. The stench is horrible and I'm sure it's as bad for the lychens as it is for me.  Sorry, I'm hijcking the post. I'll not go on.

Privet Panic

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:05

Just water them once a week but drench them. Much better than water the surface which will evaporate off. Watering is complicated if you want to be efficent. So I just err on the side of caution. Was it the nursery that told you to prune them back? If not I would leave them as it will encourage them to root out. But really it depends on the root to shoot ratio, where they are and the weather what is the best thing to do, but cutting them back is a safe option if not the best.

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:18

Edd, what do lichens do for the tree?

jersey plant direct

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:15

Mike, if they're owned by T&M and you don't want to put money in their pockets then you'd better find a different supplier. I don't shop with the big companies because I think they're a total rip off.

Simple question alert!

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:11

Tootles, I know exactly where you're coming from. I did a trial last year with dogwoods. It was only with 20 plants but half I cut back and half I left. The half I left are bigger stronger plants now and were exactly the same height before cutting back the other week. Now that's dog woods not raspberries. Anyway. If you don't cut them back don't let them fruit. The theory is the energy in the wood you leave can be used to feed the growth of the roots or/and the demands of the wood you leave forces the plant to put down roots. I did a very informal trial with my raspberries a couple of years ago but it wasn’t conclusive in anyway. I lost some of the ones I cut back and didn’t notice any difference between the ones that survived and the ones I didn’t cut back. So go with your gut on that one.

Plant I'd please

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:49

Oh, yes, very easy, every couple of years I would pull it all up and just stick bits in to root. I don't remember when I'd do it, probably randomly but never had a problem with it not taking or with it being invasive. Such a nice plant.

I-D please.

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:46

I can't see your photos because I'm at work and it's blocked because they're photbucket but we called Goosegrass' 'sticky bobs'. It is a real pain, I let one plant grow four years ago because my dogs love eating it. It does actually taste nice but the texture is not good. Anyway. Biggest mistake. Now I have them coming up everywhere. Mind you they could easily be being brought in by the dogs rather than spread. Don't get Burdock though thankfully.

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