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Pruning acers

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 09:35

I have a snake bark maple that has a bole diameter of about 8" also an Acer Brilliantissima with a bole diameter of over 12", both of which are growing too large for their site. Is it safe to prune them back? I would need to cut back about three feet or so all round.

grass clippings at base of established azalea

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:38

Robot and Laura -- Do you breed huge quantities of slugs in your compost heaps, which I have been led to believe are beneficial in the rotting down process? If not, how do you manage to avoid doing so?! They are the bane of my life at present, and I am thinking seriously of not using my compost on my veggie plots because the slugs then have a field day. Another question: Do you adjust the pH by, say, adding lime? or do you add an accelerator such as Garrota? If you don't turn the heap, Robot, do you have to shred every scrap of woody material before you add it? Oh, and I agree with the night-time exercise; bit of a fiddle, but saves wasting water flushing the loo as well!

grass clippings at base of established azalea

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 15:29

Definitely find a space for a couple of large compost bins. Fill them alternately with soft green stuff (grass clippings) and 'brown' stuff - shredded/chipped prunings and woody material which you will mostly have in the winter, so may need to store this somewhere. I also shred all that junk mail to mix in with the grass clippings. I get about half a tonne of compost each year. Hard work, but is great for improving and feeding the soil.

Slugs

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:39

Thank you, Sotongeoff, I will give that a go, and in the meantime sow lots more in pots to put out much later!

Slugs

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 07:46

They adore pellets which obviously attract them. I hide little piles under a tile to keep them dry and away from birds, and next morning the've all been eaten. Sure, the odd dead slug succombs, but the main army seems to be unaffected. I've wondered whether the best approach is somehow to clean the garden compost of slugs before using it? I understand they do a useful job in helping to break down organic matter. I tend to make my compost one year, turn the heap after six months or so, then spread it the following season. It doesn't get all that hot in the winter since most of what goes on then is brown stuff - wood chips, prunings, etc. I'm loath to put all my garden waste in the wheely bin, then buy it back at considerable expense once it has been processed, but this just might be a way to reduce the infestation.

Slugs

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 07:30

I do this, but maybe I don't leave them in the pots for long enough to get tough and unpalatable? They will climb up the stem of a planted out runner bean several inches high and nip off the tender tip. I cover the ground around the stem with coffee grounds which usually works, but no joy this year!

Slugs

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 07:14

I grow my french and runner beans in deep beds into which I have dug in lots of homemade garden compost. But my compost heaps are probably full of slugs and their eggs, so it is no coincidence that these deep beds are also full of the pesky things (but not others into which no compost has been incorporated). The problem is: how can I get the beans started without them being eaten even before they surface? I do need to improve the soil and I make all ths fine compost for this purpose. Help!

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Pruning acers

Is it all right to prune a Japanese Acer? 
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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 15:26

Slugs

Slugs wherever I dig in compost 
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Last Post: 07/06/2012 at 16:28
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