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Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:32

There are lots of persistent weeds that don't die off after the first spray - thistles, couch grass, bindweed etc.   With some of them the tops will die off but some roots will survive and regrow.

You just have to respray and remaining green bits and then keep an eye out for new shoots coming back so think in terms of 3 sprays over 6 weeks and another month to wait for sneaky regrowth before you can consider the soil cleaned and ready for planting.



Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:21

Not good Gwen.   You have my sympathy.

One of my Belgian gardening friends insists that molehill soil makes the best cutting and seed compost because it is "clean".   However there are times when you can have too much of  a good thing.

Does this make me a garden snob?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:16

I wouldn't waste decent salt in slugs.  If I find the in my treasures, I chuck them in the road so they can be squished by passing traffic.  The local police patrol got two today?  Very satisfying.

I don't mind slugs in the lawn or in the compost but I draw the line at having them in my seedlings, veggies and hostas.   Selective live and let live here.

Plant Selection

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:16

Choisya ternata Sundance enjoys such a position.  It is an evergreen shrub with sunny golden foliage and, when happy, produces white, orange scented blossoms.

Hardy fuchsias would give you more colour and can be upright or trailing.   They may need some protection in cold winters but you can take cuttings to make sure you have some for the following year.

Many hostas would love it and I would go for the impressive large leaved ones like Sum and Substance (golden) or Big Daddy (glaucous blue) or Dream weaver (variegated).  They will flower in July/August and die down for winter but could be underplanted with daffs for a spring display and have violas or pansies for late autumn and winter colour.

Mind Your Own Business

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:08

It may also be worth seeing if the canopy of the sycamores can be raised to let in more light and air and water to the ground below.    It would simply involve removing some of the lower branches and would not harm the health or the look of the trees.

The RHS is always happy for people to quote info from its articles and research as long as they get a credit.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:56

We had 6 new molehills and a visible tunnel in a corner of our lawn this morning.  I've put the batteries on to charge for the mole blaster because, as they say around here "ils exagèrent!"

There are also new hills along the railway sleeper edging between border and grass and great holes underneath where I'm trying to plant new treasures.   Not remotely cute or amusing.

Large nurseries in Kent / East Sussex

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 14:20

Have you tried Google or do you need personal recommendations? 

Hardy Plants and Trees

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 14:00

Mine was planted in a spot that is well drained and other, hardier trees have thrived in that corner of the garden, even a robinia frisia till it got sick with their new disease.

I think £30 is a bit OTT and also suggest that a small tree will establish more easily than a big one so invest your money in a good quality smaller one that will grow faster and soon overtake a more mature tree.

Hardy Plants and Trees

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:54

They are supposed to be hardy to about -23C but I expect the limit is less in Britain where we don't get the blankets of insulating snow.

I was given one some years ago and it did well the first two winters after planting but they were normal for here and only down to -15C for two or three weeks in Jan/Feb.

Subsequent winters were colder and after a -20C it decided to become a shrub but died completely the following year.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:39

They eat worms which are so essential to healthy soil.   They upend plants.  They leave precious roots dangling in air when they tunnel and the plant withers and dies.   They undermine the lawn which is then dangerous to walk on because of turned ankles or twisted knees or jolted vertebrae.  

When they move on to new tunnels, other rodents from voles to rats move in to their tunnels and then eat roots and bulbs and then the dog hears the critters moving around underground and tries to dig them out and the place looks like a bombsite.

Nothing at all cute or lovable about moles.

If the cat or dog catch and kill one they don't even eat it as they taste so bad and the crows don't pick off the corpse either.

Nothing at all cute or lovable about moles.

If I find a live one I relocate it across the neighbouring paddock in the hope it won't work its way back across the stream.    When they drive me to extremes I get out the mole blaster because, tho I try to live and let live, the moles haven't read that manual and sometimes, as with rats, enough is enough.

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