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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 16:46
Charlie November wrote (see)

The problem with trying to rip out that tree is that someone built a barbecue on top of its roots and the roots of the others. Maybe I could dig around behind it to separate it from them, but if I leave infected roots in the ground ... *sigh*


I se what you mean. Perhaps dig the trench close to the bbq and cut through as many roots as you can. Hopefully it wont be disturbed when the tree comes out.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 16:44

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 16:08

If its the smaller pine tre to the front then it might come out easier than you think. In the past when removing pine trees I have ...

Chopped it down to leave a 6ft tall stump, then cut all the lower branches off so you left with just the tall stump.

Dig out a circular trench around the tree to reveal the roots, keep digging out and try and get under the root ball. Use a pick axe to chop through the roots in the trench.

Then, using the tall trunk as leverage, push and pull it back and forth which should start snapping the roots. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 16:01

Nice photos.

It woud be nice if posters could state which camera they used & settings/exif data etc with each photo.

New privet hedge

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 12:16

I remember on GW watching Alan Titchmarsh showing how he planted a new hedge using whips. He cut them down by one third and put a fine mesh screen behind to protect from wind.

New privet hedge

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:47

I think its advised to cut them back by one third to encourage them to bush out at the bottom, rather than just having a single stem.

If that has worked then I guess you could prune back each new branch, to encourage even more branches. But I'd wait till next spring incae we gat a frost that harms the newly cut wood.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:44
MrsGarden wrote (see)




I like your path. Did you lay it yourselves, how did you get the nice curve? Did you do it by eye or use a marker?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:42
Matty2 wrote (see)

Just looked back at Leadfarmers pictures and see he has a clenmatis Piliu in a pot.


Looks that way in the photo, but Its actually growing in a border by the garage. The pot in front of it is my Hosta.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 21:56

Have a look for it here


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 16:20
SwissSue wrote (see)

Love your garden, especially the patio, Lead Farmer. How do you get your clematis to grow so bushy? Mine flower nicely but are very spindly/leggy. I do cut them down in Spring according to type, but maybe I have to feed them more? If so, what?

All I do is cut them back quite hard each spring. But to be honest I didn't get around to cutting them this year, I just left them.  I do sprinkle clematis pellet feed onto the soil around each plant, which probably helps. Make sure they are planted very deep. 

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