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grass clippings at base of established azalea

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 11:51

Hi everyone !

My first query

I moved into a cottage in December, and am lucky enough to have inherited a very large garden, with ground behind also.  I cut the grass about once a week at the moment, though this will probably increase to twice a week with the coming season.  My query is that with the massive amount of grass clippings I'm taking from the area behind my cottage, it is proving too much to put in the brown bin which only gets collected every 2 weeks, and too much to be taking to the tip every week.  I have so far been dumping the clippings at the base of an established Azalea (15ft x 15ft).


Will this damage the Azalea, or feed the roots.  Should I stop dumping the clippings there ?  Should I moderate the amount I put there ?


Any help is appreciated, as don't want to kill this fabulous Azalea which is bright pink in colour.



Subscribers' club discounts

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 10:12

Ah i see

I've not experienced this myself, but ONLY coz I usually only order the 'freebies'.  I missed the ordering date with the Rose and Clematis from Mont Rose of Guernsey, but my mum ordered and paid for them after the offer.

No doubt when something takes my fancy when I order the next lot of 'freebies' I'll likely face the same probs you've been experiencing.

Happy gardening

Subscribers' club discounts

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 09:47


Don't have my magazine to hand, but my understanding is that you order the lavendars with the special order code provided and pay the £4.90 P&P, and then if you want to order further stuff, you can then use our special subscriber code and you will then get 10% off these further items, but only if you order them separately.

I recently ordered the Lavendars online, and as I have a £5.00 voucher to use with T&M tried to enter this code at the same time, like you did, but the same - it whacked on P&P, so I just ordered the Lavendars with the code given, paid my £4.90 P&P -  and will save my £5.00 voucher for another day.

Neighbours dogs - my plant pots!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:25

How about trying the citronella gel crystals that are used to deter cats? Think they're called 'get off my lawn' or something, are green in colour, about £3 - £4, and are in a bottle like a tomato sauce bottle 

 Might work on dogs too, though you'll have to replace them every few days or so, after heavy rainfall, or this baking sun we're experiencing at the mo.  I used them years ago when I lived in Yorkshire, because cats kept leaving their business in the middle of my lawn, but sprinkling the gel crystals around soon stopped them .

Good luck !

dwarf peach tree from homebase

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 14:11

Thanks for the update !    I'll wait a while longer with my peach tree, as an apple I have in the garden has only just opened it's blossom, whilst the one already established on the ground behind my home has been blossoming for weeks. And a pear tree already here has blossomed and now has fruit the size of large peas, whilst a pear tree I brought with me has only leafed up and no blossom, totally confusing.  I think maybe the peach I have is getting a complex as I check it every day

Fingers crossed !

dwarf peach tree from homebase

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 13:20

What happened with your peach tree ?  I bought one from homebase a short while back now (not patio - it's about 7ft tall), and took a chance planting it out in the ground.  I'm in NE Scotland !!!  same as you , the stem is green underneath, and when planted I trimmed the dead and twiggy bits of stem off, but so far no life whatsoever.  Very disappointing.  Though I remain ever hopeful, as the fruit trees were just 2 for £20 quid, and the plum is going great guns, buds all over the stems fit to burst ......


Posted: 08/05/2012 at 13:05

I tried the direct link as above, and it worked for me.  Plants on their way - woo hoo !

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