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plants dying - conifer

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:55

The big tree is fine but the little may live but will always be ugly so best to dig it up. All that weed free gravel and a scorched tree may mean weedkiller damage, that will be one for you to watch in the future. 

Clearing weeds from a paddock

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:48

I have had success with docks using a spray called SBK with is fairly cheap and easy to get hold of and less toxic than Grazon (they'll laugh at you if you try Glyphos, it is not strong enough in the normal dose). Try to leave the spray for as long as you can bear the long grass as the more leaf area there is then the more of the chemical will get into the root, just before flowering is best.

To recover the lawn/paddock hire a brush mower or if you are feeling macho google Wolseley Clearway, they come up on ebay every now and again and I will vouch for them though you may also need a pipe and flat cap to go with it. After that go back to the mower and a repeated close cut will prevent any course weeds like dock coming back.         

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:26

Even with decent brands there is no guarantee.  The manufacturing process for this rubbish and the indifference with which they churn it out is a disgrace, all of the dead and diseased plants you pay the council to take away are shredded and sold back to you.  I now use my own leafmold mixed with my own home sterilised compost though you can use turf-loam, mole hills or even border soil, that is what people used before and look at the gardens they managed to create.  


Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:16

That is the stuff the council take away in green bags sold back to you.  The problem for the manufacturers in the legislation on the use of peat.  For posh seeds and cuttings use a loam based compost.  For general potting and veg seed use your own and steralise it yourself using one of those garden waste burners (dustbins on legs), some scrap wood and a smaller metal container to go inside the bin with the compost when you light the fire.  The result is just better. 

Leaning Tree

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:02


The only way to straighten the tree is to wait until October and dig underneath the "high side" of the root ball to undermine it and then pull it straight.  Sounds dramatic and it may well loose a third of its roots but it is a willow and you need to try harder than that to kill them.  To minimise the risk of disease in the roots that you break make a clean cut into undamaged tissue before you re-fill the hole.   

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