Joe_the_Gardener


Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:22

Any type of tool has its limitations, at which point you have to move up to the next level, eg. pruning saw or small bow-saw instead of loppers or secateurs.

aerating shoes

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:41

Are they any good for aerating lawns?

How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 18:03

One person's 'scruffy woodland' is another's interesting wildlife site. Your idea of a 'dream garden' could be someone else's nightmare. Should that gnarly, broken-down, mis-shapen tree in Sherwood Forest called the Major Oak be cut down and replaced with a nice symmetrical cedar or flowering cherry? After all it's hundreds of years old and looks half dead. Oh, wait a minute, it was voted Britain's tree of the year!

Grapevine pruning advice please

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:55

I'd cut all the spindly shoots growing from your horizontals back to the first bud.

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.

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