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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Rowan Tree problems

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:52

Rowans can look a bit tatty very early in the autumn. If trees have been a bit stressed from lack of water (it's been a dry summer) they'll shut down unnecessary functions.

Lavender bush

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 07:31

Or you could start again with a new plant.

Creating a Wildflower meadow garden.

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:06

Commercial seed mixes are not always appropriate to the type of site and soil that you've got. I had a bit to do with a wildflower meadow which was sown by contractors and in two seasons almost none of the seeded plants were left, because the mix was intended for light soil and this ground was clay. I replanted the area using plugs and things are now looking up. 

So have a think about appropriate plants and be prepared for a surprise/shock. Generally wildflower meadows are cut right down and raked off in late summer to reduce the fertility.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:58

Finished in someone's garden yesterday with cat sh..poo on my boots and all over my ladder. Same again the day before. So I'm giving up on those two gardens because I can't stand the smell and the cleaning up. Neither of the owners has a cat, so it's tough on them, but I'm putting myself first.

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:36

Unless there's a good reason not to I'd plant in September.

Plants ID please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:33

Is No 1 Physalis?

Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:30

Which direction are we facing?

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:25

I think we have to assume a certain degree of common sense, competence and the ability of a poster to fully acquaint themselves with a site and employ professional help if they decide the job is beyond them after they've researched the necessary techniques. After all, a careless prod with a crowbar could hit an unexploded bomb.

Stipa Gigantea

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 12:58

If you're going to dig it out, do it now, before it gets big enough to taje up all the space on your photo!

Turning Braken Undergrowth to a Wildlife area, Minus the Braken

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:25

The local council might be your saviour, then. It is likely that they will be equipped to spray bracken with Asulox, the only really effective bracken control. There is a temporary permission to use Asulox until, I think, the end of October, after which it will become banned again. However if their nature reserve is full of bracken it will come back to your strip of land by rhizome spread.

However, bracken is also susceptible to being physically bashed into submission, though that takes a little longer.

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