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Plant id's please

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 21:46

Thank you for these, I'll let her know and do some research for her on what she needs to do with them.

Plant id's please

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:05

hello. A friend has just moved into a new house and wants to know what shrubs she has so she can look after them. I'm not a shrub person. Are you able to help












This one (above)is driving me mad, I know it just can't remember it's name. 

Thank you  i appreciate your help  time for me to learn my shrubs...

New gardening maintenance company set up

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 13:22

Thank you some great advice for me to think about.

my focus is more on helping the elderly plant up pots and do some gentle weeding / sweeping / raking.  This was inspired by a friends mum who struggled to bend due to age to get down on the ground to do the weeding.

I will be making it clear in my marketing what my focus is and would turn down any jobs I deemed too big or risky.  There are properly trained people for those jobs.

Fortunately for me this is being done for love of gardening and wanting to help people to have nice gardens rather than for financial gain, so I'll be picking customers carefully.

What a great course that sounds like, will have a look at that.  In time I might do the RHS level two, but the design aspect and hard landscaping isn't of any interest so I have been trying to find a more suitable course, which I will do in time. 

It all also has to work around kids and husband travelling. 

New gardening maintenance company set up

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 10:19


I've decided to set up a gardening company just aimed at helping people out with their gardens that aren't able to do the jobs like weeding, planting, mowing etc.

Is anyone able to give me advice on what insurance I need? Public liability and anything else ?

Also I've been looking at risk assessments, I assume I will need to do these for each garden ? Any advice on where I get a basic risk assessment or do they have to be the long documents I've seen that much of won't apply to me ?

If there is anyone else on here that does this kind of work, do you have any advice for me?  I basically just want to garden for people and make their gardens look nice, who knew the company set up would feel so complicated and scary.

I'm not sure I want to turn up in steel toes boots with the full safety gear on for some weeding and mowing, but will that have to be the case ? 

PS I've passionately gardened my various garden for the last 12 years and have looked after the wildlife and sensory garden at my daughters school for the last 3 years.

Any advice gratefully receieved, its all feeling a bit daunting today.

Thank you x

Box - buying new plants

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 13:14

I'd like to buy some box balls to put in the garden, but I'm always nervous about buying them in case I buy a plant that already has box blight and therefore it wont stand a chance.

I don't have any box currently in the garden, but does anyone have any advice on what to look for when buying a plant to ensure that I'm buying from healthy stock.

Thank you. x

Helping out

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 15:55

A few weeks back there was a post on here about someone trying to get help in the garden for their father, so he could stay in his house.

It got me thinking this must be an issue for a lot of older people who struggle to bend and weed the beds.

I'm wondering whether to offer to help some older local people in their gardens, put a flyer through their door, speak to some friends and see if I can help. 

I'm no expert, just love my garden and would like to help people with their garden with the jobs that these garden maintenance people don't do.  (drives me mad when people have 'gardeners' round and yet the beds are still full of weeds.)

If I was to offer to help and maybe ask for a minimal fee, would I then need any sort of insurance.

Do you have any advice with this.  not sure if it will work, I'd just like to do some sort of paid work and this is something I could really enjoy.

I'm not looking, nor could I afford to do a full on training course, so it would be more of a learn from the older generation as well.  Has to be a win win situation doesn't it ?

What do you think ?

Any advice gratefully recieved. Thank you.

Sucker or not?

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 17:07

fantastic news, thank you so much for your prompt advice.  Will cut them back and clear dead wood etc now I know not to take the whole lot out.

Sucker or not?

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 16:20

I noticed today two of my harlow carr roses now seem to have 3 stems coming out of the ground instead of 1 that the others have. Will these be suckers? 

I have noticed that on the same stem there are some that have 5 leaves and some that have 7. I know that suckers have 7 leaves but can't understand why the same stem would have 5 &7 leaves. Any advice? Thank you. 

Deals on plants!

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 21:15

At Costco there are some good deals on. I purchased 12 echinacea (bare root) for £10. Huge roots on them too.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 20:59

Just to jump on this thread, but a slightly different tack.  I have a hedge down one side of the garden (mainly snowberry) with ivy under it.  How is best to keep the ivy under control so it doesn't encroach into the lawn.  Is it a matter of just pulling it up by hand and trying to cut it back a bit.  Any other tricks ?

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Plant id's please

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New gardening maintenance company set up

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Box - buying new plants

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Helping out

got me thinking 
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Sucker or not?

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Winter Aconite

Can they grow in sandy, slightly acidic soil ? 
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To thin or not to thin...

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Bunny Tails Grass

Annual ? 
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Geranium / pelargonium

Why are big companies still calling them Geraniums? 
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Snowdrop /squirrel food ?

Would squirrels eat my snowdrops 
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Planting plans and keeping track of your plant names

How do you all do it ? 
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Seedling id please

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Hydrangea limelight leaves

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Anyone on here from New Zealand?

I know we have people from all round the world 
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ID this wasp thing ?

coming out from under patio 
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