philippa smith2

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My tree is dying!

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 18:11

If you had a mini digger in, there is a chance that it sliced through the roots perhaps ?  I assume the tree itself is still stable.

It's a little difficult to tell from the pic whether some of the foliage is dead on some of the trunks.  Certainly some of the top growth looks healthy enough.

After pruning, they would normally regenerate from the base but if you want to keep the height now rather than wait a few years, it's a slightly different matter.

Again, it is a little difficult to tell but the base is presumably constricted by the road/pavement and the grass is pretty well surrounding the rest of it. The tree to the left ?  Possibly shading that side.

You probably need to step back and have a good look and decide how many trunks you can reasonably keep.  Cut out those you can afford to lose, clear the grass from around the base, make sure the surrounding soil is decent ( not sure whether the rubble/stones have come out of the nearby ground or the results of your recent work ? ). Apply a general fertiliser and keep your fingers crossed.

The high hedge and the ivy growing up the trunk will simply have forced the tree to reach for the light. Removing dead fronds won't have harmed it.

I hope you manage to deal with it -  be a shame to lose it

Maybe another poster will have more advice ?


Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 17:39

Mmm - thanks Pete.....see what you mean with the initial set up problems  

In response to my query with the suppliers of my camera, I received an email today saying that yes, the cam was faulty because the night mode wouldn't operate.  I'd also thought to ask them to confirm that it would/should pick up a Hedgehog and they say Yes, it is suitable for that.

Just need to await my replacement and hopefully then I'll be in business.

Oddly enough,last night I was awake at the right time to see 2 Hogs in the feeding box - typical 

Will post re success or failure when the new cam is set up.

Thanks again to all who have given info/advice

Fig tree over grown

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 17:14

I'd agree with SSun as I have the same problem with my 50 plus year old Fig.  However, just be aware that unless the tree has it's roots containerised by some means or another, heavy pruning will encourage suckering to a degree.

John Innes v Topsoil

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 17:09

I'd agree with Fidgetbones - if I'm short on JI, I quite often use a good top soil and add a bit of BFB/manure/granules/grit etc depending what I want to use it for.

Badger in my city garden

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 17:02

Can't see well enough from the pics but Dunnocks should be fairly easily ID'd by their pinkish coloured legs.


Posted: 03/04/2017 at 09:18

Many thanks Ladybird - I'll give that a try.


Posted: 02/04/2017 at 18:49

Sure I saw something way back about feeding tadpoles - those which have been hoiked out of the main pond to a separate pond in order to try and build up the numbers.

My frogs have dropped off quite alarmingy over the last 3 or 4 years so interested in anything which will help them recover.

Can anyone point me in the right direction as the Search facility doesn't bring anything up ?

What's the best way to go about fixing this garden?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:09

I would think the first thing is to decide exactly what you want from the garden.  Do you want high or low maintenance ?  Do you want a lawn ?  Do you want to grow a few veg ?  Do you want to disguise most or all of the fencing ?  How much renovation are you prepared to undertake ?  What is the orientation ?  What's the makeup of the soil ? Do you need to allow for children or pets ? The list is endless really but all things you need to consider.  

I don't disagree with the dandelion comment but at present, I'd think that they are probably the least of your worries.  

Looking on the bright side, you have a completely blank canvas to work with.  Once you have an idea of how you want to use your garden, I'm sure you will get lots of advice/info to help you  

Badger in my city garden

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:50

What a lovely thread thomasleep   Keep up the good work.

CYTISUS BATTANDIERI (pineapple tree)

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 20:05

I think it is a case of "suck it and see".  I've only ever known it as a tree but if you catch it as a young specimen, I would imagine it would work quite well.

The scent is fantastic but just be aware that the Sparrows seem drawn to it for some reason - they regularly pinch the emerging flowers - at least my Sparrows do - little beggars  

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