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Bamboo

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:36

I've had bamboo in the garden for over 20 years and had no major problems.  One clump forming variety who's name escapes and one area of Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys nigra. Neither group has been invasive.  I've had a couple of runners try to escape from the Phyllostachys but it has been the work of a few minutes to cut off the runner and pull it out. The line the runner has taken is pretty obvious so all it needs is to cut a channel with a spade along the line and haul it back out.  There are many plants which can become a problem if they're allowed to but that doesn't mean they can't or shouldn't be grown.

I accept that would be more problematic if it was under paving but they are categorically not thugs in my long experience of them.

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:55

When we had a garden design done we discussed the broad ideas e.g. avoid straight lines, path curving across and down the garden.  Looked at the existing plants we wanted to keep and those we were happy to lose.  The designer then came up with a design and full planting plan.

That's certainly what I would expect.  If the one you have is keeping on passing the buck back to you I'd tell them to take a hike.

Clearing a garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:58

If you are trying to level large areas it's definitely worth investing in a landscaping rake.  They are much wider than a standard garden rake and much more effective at leveling.

Weeds or desired self seed? New border

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:29

Definition of a weed is a plant growing where it's not wanted.  If you like what is coming up leave it to see how it develops before deciding what to do with it.

Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:53

I'm not growing this year, but my neighbour was complaining yesterday of the very poor set and very few flowers this year.

lawn edging advice

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 17:17

If you don't want to invest the cost of Everedge you can get plastic edging from B&Q.  It won't last as long as steel but it's a fraction of the price and will certainly do the job. Also, unlike Smartedge it comes in shorter sections which may be easier to handle.

Raised Bed

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:58

If it's only a slight slope just dig out enough to leave the one end at, or just below, existing garden level.

Raised beds

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:57

We have 2 raised bed which are 3 sleepers high and that is more than enough for a seat height.

cutting back tree branches

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 17:41

Maggots hanging from the trees are you sure they're not catkins?

Ferns

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:04

Do a search on Ferns for sun and you'll find some helpful sites.  To be honest I always thought ferns preferred shade until I picked one up which said "Full sun" on the label.  I can't remember the name as I was looking for ferns for shady place.

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.... what a disappointment 
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