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Ivy climbing on neighbour's wall

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 10:20

In my experience the ownership of Ivy is a bit tricky and you need to be a bit careful ...

I had a bit of a disaster in a rented house ...

Ivy was getting out of control on a stone wall at end of garden - attacking the mortar etc -some of the top blocks were becoming loose. It was also running up two stories high neighbour's (stone) house was at least a foot thick and about 8 ft wide ...

Hadn't ever spoken to those neighbours  - at end of garden- on another street and they only had a second floor window visible from our house/garden...and only a small yard at the back.

It was part of our contract to look after the garden - so I mentioned it to the landlady  -she said it belonged to the old lady in the house at the back  - 'Old lady'  loved her ivy and they had argued about it damaging the garden wall etc...   (Old lady had moved on too - from noises coming from there it was someone with children)

Landlady said do what ever I thought was best  -  not fancying having to keep on top of trimming it every year... I cut it off at the roots, took huge sheets off our garden wall....

Then the whole lot on the house wall started dying off... it looked absolutely dreadful and no idea how you would get rid of it ....think you would either have to wait till it rotted off (many many years I would imagine) or maybe get scaffolding up (but think they'd struggle to have the space)

Luckily they never spoke to us about it (while I lived there) but sure they weren't pleased...


Problem Weed

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:35

Should have said I recognise that as a seedling too....and I know I can pull them all out and without turning the soil etc a new batch can appear - pull them out and more appear - why I think they are travelling rather than in the soil ...

Problem Weed

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:29

I think I get this one - and I call it a willow herb (and think a gardening friend told me that) - but it might not be - gets tiny pink flowers? (It isn't rosebay willowherb - and I also get another willowherb that is a short -15cm tall - single stem with red tinged leaves- also pink flowers)

Doesn't worry me too much cos it is easy to pull out - and if it a willowherb is it might not be seeds in the soil - I've religiously pulled my 'willowherb' out before it sets seed for years but it comes back - think the seeds (which are like dandelion) travel easily ...


What should I do with these apple trees and when?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 20:54

A bit of a disagreement ...hmmm

Thnak you everyone

I have looked at the links and will have to look into it more...I know this is a long term thing main concern was if I should be doing something now

My plan is to winter prune (as soon as all the leaves have fallen off) - and try and prune to a good shape...

Basically all the shoots are coming for the trunk!  Any that look long and upright I will remove ...

As I said if it never fruits again it will still make a good play tree - if it does it is a bonus!

I was shocked by the amount they removed  - but.... this gardener is a local company and they have a really good reputation ...we did have quite a frank discussion about whether it was worth while...  

He knows I am trying to renovate the house so really don't have much time at the moment to keep this largeish well established garden (aka jungle) under control - and there are some high conifer hedges that I don't think I can maintain ...I should have more work for him ... (at the moment I am frantically cutting back as much as I can do before winter)

I did wonder if he got someone to do it for him ...he had a lot of work on and was trying to fit it in and the dodgy weather last spring was causing him problems...

What should I do with these apple trees and when?

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 13:02

Hi - no problem Mrs- that was helpful too...

I think they cut the cooker back so much because it was leaning to one side -  other trees etc around it being overgrown had made it start growing to the light  obviously it had been well looked after in the past...

Talking about whether it was worthwhile or not - he said it was a close call -  a new tree would take years to produce what that one can potentially...but I wouldn't get fruit for at least this year and it wouldn't be up to much for 4 -5 years...

Anyway the cooker can stay where it is - it is acting as a screen (or will do when it gets going again) and if nothing else my children enjoyed climibing on it (before it was chopped - after I have been telling them not to in case they damage the new shoots!) - and I have got space to put in two new ones elsewhere...

So now confused about summer or winter pruning of these new shoots - they aren't particulary long and whippy - more short and quite clustered together - suspect they do need pruning  - so looking at it if I get appples it is a bonus - if not it is a play tree -  just take the odd ones out to thin it out - trying to get a shape in mind - should I do it now or next spring - or next summer????

And thinking if the eating one has become biennual bearing - does it mean that in the year it didn't bear fruit it didn't blossom either? (thinking about the cross pollination thing for the cooker) 

Thanks ... 

(I think the eating apple one is destined for the woodburner ....)


What should I do with these apple trees and when?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 17:37

I bought a house 18 mths ago - was owned by a keen gardener but age got the better of them ...(in their mid 90s now) - so garden had been neglected for a few years.  I was told there were two apple trees - a cooking apple one and an eating apple one.

Last year the cooking apple tree got some apples but was obviously in need of some TLC - the eating apple tree had no fruit, obviously hadn't been pruned in a long time - really twiggy...I also discovered it was loose in ground.

I got a profressional gardening company to do a restoration on the cooking apple tree  but thought the eating apple tree wasn't worth doing anything with - in fact its location doesn't really fit in with my longer term plans ..I even let my children have a go at trying to push it over...just haven't had time to remove it yet...

The restoration was done last march - they basically seemed to just chain saw it back to the main stump (I was really shocked at how much they removed!) it has quite  a bit of growth now - not sure what I should do with it? Thin it out?

Meanwhile the eating apple tree got fruit - quite a lot - green skinned apples - no idea of variety etc - they look more like Granny smiths than golden delicious... now I am not sure what to do with it...try and save it if I can or get a new one in the future?

(Wondering if the cooking apple treee needs the eating apple one for cross pollination - having said that the eating apple tree obviosuly didn't need the cooking one as that didn't blossom this year)

I know it needs a hard prune - thinking no point paying for another restoration - I could do a similar hack job on this tree...and professional gardener said it would be much more expensive to sort this one out as it doesn't have the defined 'poles' the cooking apple tree had... and ideally I would like to relocate it ..

So do you think I cut it right back after the frost next year - Marchish? - And if I do that when could I try and move it? Or could I do something else?

I'm in NE Scotland and a really novice gardner..










Thyme white fly???

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:04

Sorry not replying sooner - did tick the e-mail me thing but haven't seen an email - will have to investigate my junk folders etc...

So basically soil might be too rich?

Guess taking the shrubs out stopped robbing the soil of nutirents? And water...

But I would say the soil isn't in good condition ...and putting some compost on top of the Thyme and my white ground cover did seem to make them perk up quite a bit...guess now they won't make it through the winter?

Getting close to thinking I should just give up with that area and replant ...

(A few years ago ny neighbours were overlooking the fact that it is always a bit overgrown/unkempt and saying how lovely it was - the bright white ground cover, the pink thyme flowers - and the smell from the thyme, rosemary - with my lavendar and marjoram in the next plot- was beautiful)

What I don't understand is just behing these plants is a pink gernaium which is and has always been really happy ...

Thyme white fly???

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 17:00

I am having real problems with one patch of my garden ..and it has gone on for a couple of years...

Latest problem is my thyme plant doesn't seem very happy (again!) when I touched it a cloud of tiny white flies fly off - I can't see them very well - infact I thought at first it was loose leaves flying up ...if that makes sense...there is a spiders web but that doesn't seem to have caught any of them!!

I think they are white fly ...but I thought white fly didn't like thyme - in fact have read somewhere (online) thyme is a deterent plant...!

If it is white fly I intend to spray with (Ecover) washing up liquid...unless anyone has any better ideas???

Also would something cause a plant to be more susceptible to white fly (eg plant is weak through lack of nutrients etc - like mildew) ) or is it just one of those things?

In this patch of garden I have had a kind of mildew which killed off my rosemary, I managed to save my thyme and a white ground cover plant (can't remember its name) by adding compost and nitrogen...the mildew seems to have spread to another area attacking my established English lavender...also treated with nitrogen...looking a bit happier now - don't know if the problem is some well established shrubs were removed but some of the roots were left in the ground ...wondering if the decomposing roots are taking the nitrogen out of the soil....



Diseased? All plants in one area of garden dying -help!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 18:31

Thank you  - I'm now thinking of nitrogen depletion and rotting wood might be a factor - I am still finding bits of root in the ground in this area from removing a big shrub and one of the conifers thinking feeding can't do any harm ...

slug pellets

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 14:56

I wouldn't use slug pellets...For a few years we had a song thrush - we would see it picking the snails out of bushes and cracking them open ...and find the broken snail shells...I had a visiting hedgehog.... and a toad living under a paving stone...

Then one of my neighbours put blue pellets down (lots and lots of them..everywhere - his gravel had a blue tinge....) more song thrush, toad disappeared and so did hedgehog visits (whether they were poisoned or just there was no food left for them I don't know - although local hedgehog rescue man said you shouldn't use slug pellets!) 

If neighbour is still using them now he must be more restrained tinge has gone...

I deliberately kept an area of my garden overgrown and now I have hedgehogs again! (I've seen 3 foraging together - I think a mother and almost mature hoglets)... but the Song thrush hasn't come back ...nor has toad...


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