Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 16:51

I imagine DOS1 wishes to get rid of the ivy because he prefers his mixed hedge with plants of his own choice, so who are we to tell him he must have an ivy hedge?

Firstly, contact your local council to find out how to safely dispose of the sodium chlorate.

Then, set about cutting all the ivy down to ground level and stripping it out of the hedge. It will look a bit messy for a while until the other shrubs have regained some shape, but in my experience it doesn't take long to subdue ivy to the point where it stops trying to come back.

Lawn to meadow

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 12:59

Listen to Gardeners' Question Time at 2 p.m. today.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 18:58

Lots to look forward to next year, so I'm into garden planning of all sorts.

We've had the kids and their kids and their in-laws here today; the washing-up took ages but, on the plus side, there are enough leftovers to last us a couple of days and - best of all - they were very light on the wine cellar.

We're off for a four-day break in Shangri-la on Tuesday, and before we know what's happened the days will be getting longer.

Best wishes to everyone for the coming year, and long may your brussels sprout.


laylandi hedge

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 19:58

The trees are still growing, so it will make little or no difference to the soil. 

laylandi hedge

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 20:11

Your 'neighbour' is a deceiving prat. Having got that off my chest, I do think the only answer is a fence. But do tell him what a mess he's made of your garden and ask him to contribute to the fence, on the grounds that you haven't been saving up to by one.

Gardening Questionnaire

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 10:12


(Redwing, if we don't know the purpose of the questionnaire we can't criticise it for being simplistic.)

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:30

Hi Clarington,

I don't particularly want to dig up the past, but GW did have a phase of growing in window-boxes and buckets a few years ago and it caused an uncivil war here and elsewhere because a lot of people found it dreadfully boring and bitty.

Advice on how close to plant tree to house.

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:40

How near is your neighbour's house to your trees?

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:09

It's debatable in law whether the horse muck becomes the property of the landowner by virtue of it becoming part of the surface. And the landowner might not stop to ask, in the heat of the moment, why you appear to be digging up his land.

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:27

It's not a good idea to go out collecting stuff from the countryside - it belongs to someone.

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