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Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:54

When I moved here 3 years ago there were 2 conifer bushes shaped like balls in the garden, they grow from one central 'stem' from just above ground level and are globe like. They were almost rock hard and dense so that you could lean against them and they wouldn't move, except to wobble, they didn't yield like a hedge would.

I seem not to have noticed them growing quietly away into shrubs almost 7' tall and 15' round. 

So under my not so watchful eye they have become loose and more open and have lost their jelly like structure.

My question(s) is - is it possible to return them to their smaller/denser state by pruning? Or can I now only hope to keep them the size they are by regular pruning - and if that's the case will they become denser over time - if so it's ok because the garden can take the size. I suppose i just need to get them under control and keep them that way! Just don't know how or when to prune - they are trimmed right now .

I had grandiose ideas of topiary at one stage but don't know if that's possible with conifer - I don't know what species they are but can post a photo tomorrow if it would help - too dark now.

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:32

I've just completed the survey - be interesting to see what happens next, it may still be that my garden doesn't fit the bill but I bet there are hundreds of gardens affected by drought/flooding. 

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 16:06

Here it is one of a pair of nuthatches that whizzes up and down all the feeders clearing everything else away until the gs woodpeckers arrive then he eats away quite peacefully with all the other birds as they return. I have 1 robin that pushes another robin away but tolerates all other birds and a chaffinch that does the same - only objects to other chaffinches.

That's one terrifying pigeon Edd!

Fallen leaves on veg beds

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:10

A very timely question/answers for me - I'd been wondering the same thing as Tenorbrew. Great advice - although my nearest neighbour is almost a quarter of a mile away so no garden vacs for me.

Mole hills

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:04

Oh what a relief - you let him go, I was reading your post with such anxiety. I have moles in my garden too sometimes but bank voles were far more of a problem this year, they damaged my shallot and onion crops quite badly.

Grass cutting

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 19:50

Ah yes sthldngrower that's exactly what happened to me last year - an absolute nightmare of long grass and tussocks plus all the seed heads etc. Of course since I posted my question it's been raining every day but I'm hoping to get out there as soon as a dry day appears.

Thanks everyone for your help.

Bonfire ash

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 19:46

That's good advice, thanks all. I've just read that it is best to keep it covered or you lose the nutrients.

Bonfire ash

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 17:14

I burn all paper and cardboard that I can't compost (due to volume). Nothing else is burnt with it other than the odd bit of plant material, if diseased for example.

I was wondering whether I can add the ash to anything - like compost heap or directly onto the ground? Seems a shame to just waste it. 

Anyone got any suggestions please? 

Grass cutting

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 14:06

Thanks Busy-Lizzie.

Grass cutting

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 08:58

I haven't been able to cut my grass for a while because of the wet weather. I would like to give it a last cut before winter really sets in but am a bit worried I might do more harm than good. So my questions are -

Is it ok to cut now? (on the highest setting) Will the grass suffer if there's a frost in the next few days?

 

Discussions started by nightgarden

manure

Can I use it this year 
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Conifer problem

How to make conifer bushes smaller/denser 
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How can I use bonfire ash 
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what to do with roots 
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pruning time missed? 
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pruning 
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where to plant 
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pruned into balls 
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fruit bushes

Monty's bowl shape 
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Growing veg in bags 
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more gardening less smoking

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composting

can these things be composted 
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overgrown border

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