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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Pruning an apple tree

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:30

In fact, further to what Bob says, I would cut the branch back in four or five increments from the top to make sure of not peeling the bark; it's quite a heavy branch to deal with in one go. Leave yourself about a foot of branch to take off with the final cut. Perhaps get someone else to support the branch while you concentrate on making the perfect cut! Also don't be tempted to do anything else to the tree until next winter - you're taking off half the tree as it is.

Secateurs

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 13:18

Lizzy,

I use fairly basic ones like Spear and Jackson, Fiskars, Wilkinson Sword. Never paid more than £20 because I've never felt the need to (and I do lose them occasionally), but I've always got a spare or two in the van. I've a pair of Wilkinson that have just given up the ghost after 22 years.

Planting bulbs in December

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:59

If you don't plant them, what else would you do with them?

Secateurs

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:37

I'm either lucky, weird or brilliant; I've never had the problem.

large beds

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:30

It's a big help to make sure it's +/- weed free before you do any planting.

aerating shoes

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:26

I agree Edd. Sadly, it's a while since I was on the dark side of the Ben.

Alternative to usual shed roof felting

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 16:09

If you're going to use felt, go for the best quality, not the cheap stuff that tears in the wind, leaks round the felt-nails and looks horrid. I've done a really nice job on a couple of roofs and it still looks as good as new. Good overlap, good edging timbers, plenty of nails, etc.

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 16:03

I've seen someone walking up and down a lawn wearing crampons. I think it might work quite well in the surface layer and it didn't seem like hard work.

No More Mower (or any engine) Starting Heartaches..

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 07:53

If you're not up to using machines in the way they are designed to be used, then you shouldn't be using them at all.

Where to start...

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 16:57

You could and should spend a lot of time getting rid of Alchemilla mollis - it's an absolute b****r. Don't worry about losing it; there will always be some left if you want a bit to keep in a zoo. The rest looks like a fabulous adventure. You will be able to strim back a lot of what appears to be rough grass just to tidy it, but don't go too far in just in case there's something interesting hiding there.

Depending on how much help you have, try to identify things that must be done and do them and then pick a couple of small areas to clear and work outwards from (probably near the house). Be aware that there may be lots of bulbs, as well as other plants that die away to nothing.

Good example of what a Christmas Tree can turn into after 30 years!

 

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