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Plant prolific selfseeders: native foxglove, pink hardy geranium, Lychnis, nasturtium, bulbs for every season, poppy, calendula etc Spot-weed the worst of the weeds only. Let Nature take its course
I enjoy my M. stellata each Spring so I thought I would buy some other species/varieties like Susan. The slugs dont touch the stellata, but they have reduced the new young trees to sticks, despite coffee grounds, copper strips and even pellets. Why are the slugs so keen to eat these young magnolias?
Pot-grown older hedging is always a bad buy. By the time the main stems are 5-6 ft the roots are tangled and starved, less likely to spread. Rootballed hedging is better provided there is a lot of root dug up and wrapped in hessian. Such plants need a wider deeper trench to be planted into, the height should be reduced by half to a third and each plant should be staked or tied in to wire supports for the first few years. Blood fish and bone dressing plus a 4-6" mulch of leaf mould/composted bark will give the hedge the best start. If all conditions good expect 2ft of growth a year, but be prepared to cut back outward growth and make sure the supporting ties are not cutting into the stems
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How green is my valley
I kept V. bon in their pots and plunged them into beds. They stayed micely prtitr. Anyone got a link to Verb lollipop please?
Good drainage is many things to many gardeners. A pot should dry out at much the same rate as a flower bed would. A 5 cns layer of gravel covered by porous landscape fabric would be good for a long term Acer pot. The growing medium should be beefed up with some topsoil and well-rotted compost. Whichever Acer you decide on the most important seasonal task is to gently scrape away the top 5 cms of soil each Spring and replace with fresh soil compost mix, plus some pelleted chicken manure or similar. I have an Acer atropurpureum var. dissectum which has been 18 years in the same pot.It is 4' high, 4' wide and seems happy to grow slowly with fine foliage every year.