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Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 06:06


Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 22:00

I was thinking aucuba japonica and not laurel, although with a little training spotting females flowers over males becomes quite simple! It's the wine clouding my wisdom! Although laurel does grow huge given a chance! 

Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:12

Buying female plants is a good way of getting berries! And yes trim them too shape! I'm removing some hedging from a clients garden that didn't have the top pruned out and they are the best part of 40 foot high at least

Unknown tree

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 09:46

Ditto, once planted try not to disturb the roots or it'll pop up everywhere! Forms a beautiful umbrella type structure once fully grown! About 3.5 m tall with similar spread

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:15

I thought it was a hornet, but further investigation seems to suggest it is a giant hoverfly! Volucella zonaria it's a hornet mimic

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:08

What is this?


repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:56

Yep for rotary mower, they have a little spring on each end of the blade that rips the thatch out, you just need to know the width of your mower blade

repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 06:34

You may not need to hire a scarifier, there are useful blades you can get for your mower that do the same job. Be prepared to fill a couple of wheelie bins! Then apply a moss killer, and repeat the scarification once it's done it's job. You will then need to aerate as has been suggested, top dress and reseed. The reason it's best done in autumn is that the seed will have a much better chance of establishing in those conditions. Here's a link to a well known site for the scarifier blade, different sizes are available 

Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:02

Definitely a holly, they go spiky when browsed on or pruned! 

Acer problems

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 05:55

Plants in pots for any period of time need a soil based compost such as john innes no 3. Multipurpose compost has few nutrients and will just rot away over time as it is mostly organic matter. It's fine to do a mix of the two!

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