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Apple Tree Leaves

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:46

What sort of compost/soil did you use?

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:41

Lysimachia clethroides?

Help - Tree Required for Privacy

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 06:51

There's no reason why there should be a preservation order on a tree. A quick search of a council website will tell you the rules. Pansy and Lizzie seem more upset than you are!

You've had the benefit of the quite large trees on the neighbours garden, but now that he's decided to use his own garden for something else it's time to forget that. At least you have the benefit of a solid 6-foot wall. I wouldn't necessarily go for evergreens - some are slow to grow and others are a bit thuggish. Hollies are OK if you don't mind the spiky dead leaves when you're pottering in the garden or walking around  in your flip-flops. The photinia is a good idea as a partial quick fix.

I would look at breaking up the view rather than trying to block it. A group of a very slim-growing variety of silver birch would be a start. Plant odd numbers randomly two or three feet apart. If you buy 5- or 6-ft tall trees they will soon make height and look informal; their bark and leaves as well as their swaying movement will concentrate the eye rather than what's beyond them. You could also consider planting something much closer to your house as this will interrupt the view of your neighbour.

Road building anyone?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 19:01

It'll depend what the subsoil is like. In the worst case you may need 600; you could get away with less, but I would base my design on the worst case during the year.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 18:57

They are till you bash them in a thrushy sort of way

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:38

No, I said they don't stab the shell. Have another read.

Thrushes have quite big territories, so I'm sure that if they're in the next street they're probably visiting you.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:26

For a biggish bird, thrushes are quite secretive and easily missed (except when singing in spring). Your local wildlife trust or ornithological society would be able to give you an idea of how common they are around your area.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:19

To me, the holes look ragged and, interestingly, seem to be on grooves in the shell which could be lines of weakness. Thrushes seem to start off by gripping the rim of the shell (they don't stab the shell and then hold it or try to eat the snail through the hole) and bashing it on a stone. Presumably this dislodges the snail within the shell. They then grip the snail itself and wrestle with it and bang it on the stone until the snail comes out of the shell. Smaller, thinner shells, like one small yellow one we get around here, don't survive the bashing and end up in pieces, producing quite a lot of debris around the anvil, but the larger ones may well survive intact apart from some slight damage.

Road building anyone?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:03

Unless you do a proper construction job you're wasting your time as this is not a job you want to do twice. Depending on the subsoil you may have to remove anything down to 600mm depth, compact the subsoil surface, fill with two compacted layers of crushed rock sub-base (local quarry or builders' merchant).

Make sure the track is plenty wide enough for the widest vehicle, and then a bit more, and the finished level is 150mm above the adjacent ground, otherwise you will find vehicles running along the edge of the track and dragging soil onto it, making a mess of your job.

Holey snail

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:46

I think this may simply be the work of a Song Thrush. They don't necessarily end up beating the snail shell to pieces, although this does happen with smaller, more fragile snails. Often the snail is extracted quite quickly, leaving the shell more or less in one piece with just a few holes from being hit on the stone.

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