Latest posts by obelixx

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 17:44

We have sunk railway sleepers to lawn height to serve as a mowing strip around half of our main lawn.  It was much more but then I cut out a new bed in the lawn.....    This edge is gradually being finished with granite paving sets taken form the former cowsheds.  

I don't have the time or inclination to edge with a half moon blade and I don't like any other lawn edging product I've ever seen apart form bricks or stones laid as a mowing strip with border plants flopping over to soften the effect.

I have a dreadful wind problem!

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 17:49

We have strong winds that can be devastating in winter when they're really cold or the rest of teh year when they get a bit too strong and wet.  We've put up wind resistant fabric to a height of 1m10.   It has made a huge difference to our fruit bushes and rhubarb in the veggie patch and the ornamental shrubs and plants too.  

However, we did have to buttress the fence points after one spring storm this year blew all the posts over to 45° despite being in 2' concrete boots!  We did have a very wet winter and the soil was unusually soft and soggy.

terracotta pots

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 16:59

They don't work here I'm afraid but then it can get seriously cold.   Glazed pottery is better but not foolproof for me.   All but two go into shelter and the two that don't are in full sun - when there is any in winter - either side of the front door against a south facing wall so reasonably sheltered.

terracotta pots

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 14:23

The thing about painting the inside of terracotta pots in more northern latitudes is that it gives some protection against frost damage.  Damp terracotta pots flake or chip when frozen.

terracotta pots

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 11:36

With brand new pots you can give the inside a coat of PVA glue or acrylic varnish to reduce water absorption but, as with any pot, ceramic, plastic, wood or terracotta, you do actually have to water regularly.  Leave an inch or two free at tht otp so you can pour on one good soak a week rather than daily dribbles.  Much better for the plants and less work for you.  Increase frequency in hot weather and reduce in cold weather.

Adding a mulch of gravel, grit, chipped bark or expanded clay pellets helps reduce water loos by evaporation.

Are these dead?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:41

Horse manure is excellent as long as the pastures they've grazed on haven't been treated with aminopyralid which is a selective herbicide found to have residual effects which are not good for plants grown in ground treated with manure from horses and cows grazed in fields where it has been used.

Ask at your nearest stables and make sure that any manure you collect or they deliver is no longer smelly.   That means it's well rotted and perfect as a soil conditioner.

My Willow or Hazel, which one and what's going to happen ??

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 15:45

Not convinced you can weave with twisted willow but it does lend itself to decorative bare stems in flower arrangements and at Xmas.

I would get rid and plant something less vigorous and with attractive bark in winter so maybe a prunus serrulata which has lovely, shiny, coppery bark for winter glow and spring blossoms and attractive foliage with autumn colour - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Results?form-mode=false&query=prunus%20serrulata 


Are these dead?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 11:12

Pulling them out won't be that hard once the ground is wet but it will be messy so I'd do them all at once and then put down a good thick layer of well rotted manure or garden compost to improve the soil which will be impoverished after all those conifers.

Autumn is the best time to plant new hedges.  You can buy bare root whips - single stemmed plants - in bundles very cheaply.   This site gives info on which plants are good for wildlife - http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/habitats/hedge.aspx and there is a hedging company that provides advice and plants but I can't remember its name.  Someone else will no doubt post it.

My Willow or Hazel, which one and what's going to happen ??

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 18:59

It's a willow.  You can cut it back hard to about head or fence height before the end of January - not when it's freezing - and it will grow new shoots in spring.   This is called pollarding and can be done every year if needs be.

Plant ID for a beginner

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 15:47

It's a hardy perennial which means it dies back in autumn and the roots and crown hibernate over winter.  Come spring and it all shoots up again.  I love them.

As Hosta says, some people find them to be invasive but it's easy enough to dig up any unwanted bits or else lift any plants they are smothering and replant somewhere else.

All you need to do is pull away the spent flower stems and foliage once they all turn brown and go soggy in late autumn.   Bung them on a compost heap if you have one.  If not, think about making or buying one as they'll make free soil conditioner for you.

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