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I refuse to be bamboozled !

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 15:41

I have bought a Bambusa metake. I think they are the clump variety and therefore are not too invasive. 

Anyway, I want to put in in a barrier of some kind to stop it spreading. It is going in  bedding against a fence at the side of the garden. The garden centre recommended pond liner to build a barrierl underground for it. However, I read somewhere that it is better to use material that is porous and lets the water out. I also read on this site that if using pond liner you should make holes in it to let the water drain, but maybe the invasive roots will go out of these holes.

If the new bamboo is put within a barrier of new compost how healthy will it stay if that earth does not mix with the existing earth? Maybe it will eventually lose its nutrients and not receive any from any adjoining earth. 

I am also not sure if you have to put a lining underneath the plant as someone said those roots go straight down. 

I have seen what seem to be large sheets of plastic on the internet that look very expensive. Can anyone suggest a barrier material for my bamboo and describe the best way of planting it?

Shed Issues

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 12:08

We have just had slabs put down for a 4ft x 4ft shed on our lawn.

I was going to cut out a small section of lawn all around the slabs, to create a thin border and then I intended to fill it with small pebbles to stop any grass or weeds growing there. I thought this was also good for drainage as the rainwater would fall roughly onto these borders and not the grass.

However, I do not remember every having seen anyone do this before and would appreciate if this is the right thing to do. 

I've seen lots of photos of sheds on the internet and it seems most people just let the grass grow up to the slabs, which I would have thought would make it very difficult to cut the grass with a lawn mower.

This is a new garden so I want to do things right. Does anyone have any suggestions.


Pruning a baby clematis

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 16:38

I put a white clematis in the garden today.

It has three branches. Two of the branches have a bud with leaves on about 35 centimetres up and both of them have another bud with leaves on, an additional 5 centimetres above that. The third branch has a bud about 10 centimetres up so it is a lot lower down on the plant.

On the internet I read that you have to be cruel to be kind and that you should prune it back dramatically even thought I have just planted it.

Could anyone give some advice. I was thinking of waiting for it to flower and then when the flowers wither, to prune the tallest branches by about 20 centimetres 

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:31

Thanks for all your suggestions. I am none the wiser. Some say leave it, some say take it out!

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:44

I did not see any new shoots at all. Is the thing actually still alive and if there are no new shoots will it eventually wither away? 

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:11


I have front off street parking at the front of the house. At the side is a strip of earth about one and a half feet wide, next to the side fence.

Things grow there, bulbs and I planted a bush which seems to have taken last year. I pulled out a michelmas daisy plant which I did not like and saw a small stump looking like it was from an old plant, maybe a small tree. It is about five inches wide and I don't know how deep it goes.

I want to take it out as I think it would get in the way of any new plant I put there and it is taking up a lot of precious space. It is strong, I don't know why, maybe the stem has roots just like the tree did and I can't get it out, and the earth is not easy to dig deep enough and round it for me to get it out. 

Can any experts advise what to do or should I just leave it there?



Giant Bay tree

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:07

I had not thought of that. It's at the side of the shed which is at the front of the garden. It can get a bit wider but if it got too wide it would not leave enough space for people to go past it to get to the back of the garden.

So I suppose it could get a foot wider but I don't want it to get any taller than it is now. I am not an expert on how you can shape such a tree, but would just prefer that it looks natural.

Giant Bay tree

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 16:52


My bay plant was planted a few years ago in the garden and is now about 10 feet high and growing all the time.

I think accepted wisdom is that it is pruned in late spring. Can anyone confirm this? Also, is it ok to just cut off the main stem about three feet from the top, it seems cruel to do this and if I do, maybe the tree will start getting wider instead of taller, which I do not want.

Also, if the tree were to get higher i.e. 15feet and higher is this the kind of plant that would affect the structure of a building as it approximately 2 metres from the house.



Posted: 18/10/2013 at 22:39

thanks for all your advice


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 14:24

We just moved into a house. The back lawn is going to be re-turfed. Have created bedding sections around the lawn but there are loads of rubbles, bricks, half bricks. I have also just seen a huge old patio about 12 inches down.

My question is how much of this stuff do I have to extract, should I leave it to the professionals, and if I do remove it how far down do I have to clear it. 
Also, do these bricks help with drainage in any way and should I leave any of them there?

Many thanks

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Discussions started by Rich77

I refuse to be bamboozled !

Tell the bamboo who's boss. 
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Shed Issues

a border? 
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Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 13:57

Pruning a baby clematis

To prune or not to prune, that is the question ! 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 12:05

Small tree stump in ground

Front garden 
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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 23:21

Giant Bay tree

when and how to prune 
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Last Post: 29/12/2013 at 17:56


Good or bad? 
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