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Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 13:17

Chipped bark.   I use it on some paths in the far "woodland" corner of my garden. and have used it on beds too but it's breaking down now and has been incorporated into the soil.

Lots of birds too but they don't eat the slugs.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:18

It depends where you are.  I rarely get echinacea that survive the usual winters here in the rural centre and also find them a favourite meal for slugs.   This last winter being so mild means I do have a few that have coped but they then were battered by the hail storm at the end of May and are taking their time to recover so it seems I can't win either way.

ID for large flowering plant, please.

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:15

Its common name is Stonecrop.   If it's leaves turn reddish in winter it is probably sedum sexangulare.

globe thistle cut back..

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:11

I don't.    They need the foliage to feed the roots for next year's growth and the top growth also protects the crowns from heavy frosts.  The seed heads look good frosted even it the seeds have been taken.  I only cut mine down in autumn if a strong gale blows them over.  Otherwise, I tidy up at the start of spring.

dogwoods

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:06

If it's Midwinter Fire it can be spindly but the stems do thicken with age.  However the object is always to have fresh new stems each year in order to get the flame effect of the bare, coloured stems in winter.

Mine have lovely bright green foliage tinged with red all summer and it turns golden in autumn.

 

cutting back tree branches

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 16:37

You can buy a pruning saw and handle form the Wolf range at good garden centres and DIY stores.   Good quality and not expensive.   Then I suggest you lift the corwn by removing loawer branches all round the trees.  Once you've cleared those away and can see what is left you can then thin th ecrown by removing some of the branches to allow air, light and rain to circulate and permeate.

Make a first small cut under the branch and then cut it cleanly from the top.   This will help prevent the bark and wood tearing and splitting and maintain a nealthy tree.  Do not use wound paint.  The tree will heal itself.   Make sure you remove all dead and crossing branches first.

Here is what the RHS advises -

Crown lifting: Lifting the crown by removing lower branches will allow access for mowing, mulching and enjoying the shade cast by the tree.

Crown thinning: Thinning crowns to let in more light by removing some, usually up to 30 percent, of the branches and concentrating on dead or congested shoots is another strategy.It is very easy to spoil the appearance of the tree so this is best attempted in stages evaluating the effect before removing more.

If branches larger than the diameter of your wrist need to be removed or if there is a lot of work up ladders needed, it would be best to call in a professional arborist.

Why do perennials die?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:55

Just keep adding a thick mulch of compost every year in autumn and leave it to the worms to work in over winter.   Wen planting new treasures, looesen teh soil in the hole and around the plant and add pleanty of weel-rotted organic matter and a handful of grit.   You will end up with enviably healthy, fertile soil that your plants will love but you need generous amounts of compost and also patience.

Rose not planted correctly

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:52

I'd replant in autumn when the soil is still warm and will encourage new root formation.  Water well before you dig it up and again after replanting.   .   Plant it with the graft join one to two inches below soil level.  Give it a mulch of well rootted compost or manure

Like mine, your husband needs some training but he scores points for trying.

globe thistle cut back..

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:44

I don't dead head mine as the birds like the seeds.  They do produce more and more flowers as they mature each year and yes, they are perennial and will come back.   They self seed quite happily in my garden but are easy enough to weed out in spring.  I lift some to swap with friends.

Weed Control and Ground Covering

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 17:07

I don't like chemicals either but I do resort to glyphosate for persistent weeds.   I don't use pesticides or fungicides but rely on having healthy soil and plants and lots of visiting and resident birds to keep my garden clean.  

I agree with Bob about the worms too.   Loads more in the bed in question now that the fabric has gone.    Like Salino, I found digging a decent hole through the slit in the membrane was problematical.    I think a natural mulch is the way to go so consider a good thick layer of chipped bark once planting is done.  It will help retain moisture and reduce weed seed germination and is a lot lighter to handle.

 

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