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Overgrown Garden

Posted: Yesterday at 16:47

This doesn't seem that overgrown to me although I know you've already done some tidying, it's just a mature garden. If you have any evergreen hedges, like conifer you can trim them lightly now to keep them neat over winter. Your can aerate and top dress your grass and prune back shrubs that are really stressing you out but you may risk losing next years flowers if they are an early flowering variety.  Really that is all you should do now unless you want to gut the whole thing but that would be pretty pointless at this time of year anyway because it will leave you with an empty quagmire over winter.  Wait until spring is underway properly and you will see if you have any dead trees/shrubs or limbs that need removing.  This will also help us/you identify what you have in there and the best time of year or way to prune it.  That small leaved thing next to your acer (I don't know the name) but it can be tight clipped to allow some more light in. Honeysuckle, virginia creeper and ivy can al be cut back hard and they've survive, that can be done now too.

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:47

I try and buy garden equitment in red, it really helps with finding them against the green background! 

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 18:57

Thanks Bob, I wouldn't mind having another anyway. 


Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 08:42

Crumbs I haven't got the stamina for that at the minute (6 months pregnant) so I'll just leave it until I'm in better shape!  Thanks obelixx.

Flower bed in front of bay window - choiysa ternata

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:09

I'm not sure the acid green of the choisya will look nice against the red rose personally, it might be a bit jarring. What aspect is the bed, sunny or shady?

Moving clematis

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 19:49

Is it ok to move clematis cirrhosa var. 'wisley cream' now?  It's in the wrong place but it is in flower now.  I have it growing up a metal pole so it will be quite easy to take down without damaging it.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:18

I think you do need to put signs up for anti-climb paint/spikes of any sort because otherwise people can sue you if they get injured, at least that way you are legally covered.  If my son ever does anything like this to anyone I will make his life a misery and send him round to tidy up too!    Is it possible the parents/grandparents don't know?  I know some won't care but a lot would.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:09

Scumbags!  Sloe has inch long spikes, can be pruned as a hedge and comes bare root at this time of year.  'That'll learn em' as my Grandad would say.  

Tilted garden taken over by weeds

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:37

There is no quick and easy cheat way to do it if you want to use that land within the next 2 years.  You will need to turn the soil with a fork and pull out all the thick roots you see putting them in a bucket and getting rid of them.  My Mum had a new build about 15 year ago and I remember doing this job on heavy clay with my Mum and Grandad.after you've done that you can cover it with heavy black polythene sheeting to keep the annual weeds out or from germinating until you are ready to plant.  

Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:29

I would say take care with how heavy the pot and its contents are for a balcony. Usually you would use a soil based substrate for a tree which would be in the pot for a long time (like John Innes), but I wouldn't in this case due to the weight, I'd use multipurpose.  I would probably go for one of the stone effect pot which will be lighter than terracotta but won't protect the roots as well in Winter.  You might want to wrap the pot itself in bubble wrap over Winter as some protection for the roots.  Of course if you are certain that the balcony could take the weight of a big stone pot full of soil rather than compost go for it.

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