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Magnolia Tree

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:43

Thanks this sounds like it would solve my problem.  I would have probably just cut back all the excess branches in one go, but will do it more slowly, as you suggest.  Not good at posting pictures, need much more pracctice!

Would it also help if I took out some of the lower branches?  This would also help with the pathway a bit.

Many thanks

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 13:32

Final thought from one Noivce to another.  i also have clay soil, which I swear any potter would kill for.  The garden was established when we moved in, mainly with vinca and weeds!!  

As a mature gardener I have neither the time or energy to dig in loads of manure etc into the garden.  But every time I plant anything new I add lots of grits to the hole, compost and bonemeal to feed it and although it is taking time, it is gradually working in some of the areas I have planted up most.

Also I throw handfuls of grit over the garden when I weed (which is very frequently"!!) and that also seems to help.

Probably not what experienced gardeners would do, but seems to work for me. 

Magnolia Tree

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:39

I have a smallish Magnolia tree, which is about 3m x 3m.  It was here when we moved in some ten years ago.  It flowers beautifully every year, and looks very green and healthy all through the summer.   My query is all the leaves are on the outside frame of the tree, and the inside branches are bare.  I water and feed it, usually general purpose feed, but should the inside be devoid of leaves.  

It is overgrowing a pathway, so i need to be able to prune some of the outer branches back to open the pathway, but this will leave that section empty.   

Is this right, great or should it have leaves on all or most of the inner branches? If so what do I need to do.   Also when is the best time to prune it?  

Any advice please? 

What is this weed?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:31

Thanks Watery.  Now the downpours have temporary stopped I have been out and checked my plant.  It does have the 3 lobed leaves, so is the wild strawberry.  I will carry on pulling it out when it gets tooo enthusiastic.   Thanks for your help,     

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:39

Thank You Bob.  Will certainly try that.  

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 16:15

OK thanks for the advice about Roundup.   What is SBK?  Checking google only brings up Super Biking...  

Quince menace

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 09:37

I have removed a hedge of Quince from my garden, dug up as much root as possible, but it is still sending up shoots. It was growing against a fence in a very narrow strip of soil. I cut the shoots off each time I see them, digging down into the soil, but is there something more that I can do.   I have read that Roundup or Glyphosate would kill the roots, so would that be the answer?   I do not want to replant in the soil.  Advice please.

What is this weed?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 09:30

I also have this in my garden, and was told it was wild strawberry.  It does indeed have strawberry like fruits on it, so is it the same as the Potentilla Reptans?  Is it a thug and should |i get rid of it?  Advice would be welcome as it is threading through my Gaura.

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 13:12

I would not want to disagree with others who are no doubt far more knowledgeable than me, but this looks like my Red Robin.   It took a couple of years to get going, but now it is lovely.   The red leaves and shoots are only apparent on new growth, so prune back in Spring and the red will appear.  Then you will understand why people like it. 


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:56

Sorry Faurygirl. Predictive text has much to answer for!

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