Latest posts by pennymax

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Liquidambar Worplesdon- Sweet Gum Tree

Posted: Yesterday at 14:08

Hi All, I have just purchased a Liquidambar Worplesdon tree in Memory of my Mum, which i intend to plant in my back garden. I would really appreciate some help and advice on which type of soil i should use.  also when the tree arrives it is only 4 to 5ft,  should i wait while the tree grows taller before i plant in the ground. As you tell from my questions i have a lot to learn about gardening ..x

5 yrs Old Silver Birch

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:00

Thank you Nutcutlet,  Redwing and Doghouse Riley, your help has managed to put a smile on my face as earlier today it i thought my Silver Birch was doomed.  Thanks

5 yrs Old Silver Birch

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 13:44

Hi nutcutlet,  here are some pics i have just  taken.  whilst i was taking these pictures i did notice quite a few Ants in and around the cracks, could these be the culprits?. 

I must say looking at the close up pics of these cracks my Silver Birch looks Doomed .

5 yrs Old Silver Birch

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 12:41

Hi,  I planted a Silver Birch Tree approx 5yrs ago.  My tree has been growing quite nicely,  However, i have noticed that there are a number of Vertical Cracks  appeared at the base of the tree almost ground level. some of these cracks appear to be quite deep  What could have caused these cracks or is it something i have done.  Can my tree be saved or will it eventually die off  .  All Help and Advice is greatly appreciated.

Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:46

Hi All,  i must apologise for the delay in my reply .   Thank you all for your help and advice which is really appreciated.   We have decided to take  all the decking up.  There will  be quite a few trips to the council waste disposal tips... x

Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:42

Hi All,    We have a large area of Decking  which is looking very Tired. Its not very good quality decking as there are too many knots in the wood.  Is it possible to cover the decking with paving slabs or do we have no choice but to take the whole area of decking up.   As you can tell by my question i am a newbie,  I would really appreciate your help and advice...Thanks.

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 20:38

Thank you all for your replies,  I have never heard of the shield/stink bug, I am not very good with creepy crawlies,  i cringe at the thought of them but at the same time i would not harm them,  i certainly  could not pick one up. Just the thought of trying to pick one up makes me shudder.  sadly i am not as brave as you 1Runnybeak1 

Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 14:50

Hi All, I have 2 questions  i would like to ask,

Firstly can anyone identify this insect for me as i have never seen one before.  The colour looked  luminous green/brown, also it has really long antennas. It landed on my laundry basket yesterday and stayed there quite some time so i got  my camera and took this photo so that someone could identify it for me.


 Secondly, I purchased a multi pack of shrubs, unfortunately for me there were no identity labels with them. Can someone help me to identify these shrubs please.




All help and advice given is greatly appreciated... x




Young Silver Birch Tree

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 19:03

Hi jo47,   Here are a couple of pics, 

This is a close-up of the cracks... 


Can my tree be rescued

Young Silver Birch Tree

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 16:26

Hi All, I have a young silver birch tree about 4yrs old.  Yesterday whilst i was weeding around the base of my tree i noticed that there are a couple of cracks on the base of the trunk, also i noticed a couple of roots showing on the surface. What  could have caused the cracks in the tree?.  Could it be something that i have done wrong or is it insect damage. 

Will my tree gradually die off or is there anything i can do to save my tree.  All help and advice appreciated.  


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Discussions started by pennymax

Liquidambar Worplesdon- Sweet Gum Tree

Advice needed for using correct soil for planting. 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 15:59

5 yrs Old Silver Birch

Vertical Cracks Appeared at the Base. 
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Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

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Unknown Insect. also Plant ID

Never seen this type of insect before. 
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Young Silver Birch Tree

Is my Silver Birch Doomed 
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Young Rowan and Silver Birch Saplings 
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