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Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 00:27

^^ Will do - many thanks Obelixx.

Guinea Pigs Destroying Grass!

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 16:31

Thanks plant pauper.

Just a general, fairly well revered brand would be absolutely ok.  I take is something like Patch Magic might not be the best solution?

Large, 50 year old (ish) Acer - possible removal?

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 15:33

Aye - I've seen the cost of some of these...astonishing.  Lovely trees/plants mind (we have six Acers here - the Aureum is such a fast grower...!)

I think part of her was hoping that someone (experienced) would buy it off her with the amount of work involved figured into the price - feasible?

I'll have a word with her about it!

Many thanks.

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 15:29

Thanks - the grafted part looks at though it's 'flaking off' and I suspect no amount of water will ever revive this...I'll give it one last weekend with a few soaks then have rid.

Could you recommend any of the small, ornamental trees?

Many thanks!

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 15:19

^^ Interesting!  I'm almost certain it's gone to Willow heaven...but perhaps I could dig it out, pot it and sti it in water to see if anything thrives!  I'll try scraping back the trunk a little also.

I'd also forgotten to prune the crossing branches in the that and the me not watering it enough has taught me a lesson!

I'll wait till this wet spell passes and dig it up - I did read a few stories of these trees miraculously returning to life :)

Many thanks.

Large, 50 year old (ish) Acer - possible removal?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 15:15

Thanks folks. Just read that other thread - does sound cautionary. 

Just a query at this stage, really to gauge whether it's a total no no, or worth asking around further.

I'd prefer her to leave it be - it's essentially as old as the house (and a tree I grew up with) - pruning an option?


Large, 50 year old (ish) Acer - possible removal?

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 13:52

Hi folks (3rd time today - sorry!!).

My mother has this huge Acer in her front garden - it's approximately 50 years old and several metres wide. Quite possibly a Palmatum and an Atropurpureum at that (actually, something more akin to a Crimson Queen if I recall), but I can't provide specific details (we live 60 miles away - I'll ask her to take a leaf photo, or at least bring a leaf up with her next time she visits).

She now wants to get rid of it - she offered it to us, but we'd struggle to find the time (and space) to organised that (as much as I'd love it!!).  She's therefore asked me if I could enquire as to the possibility of somebody taking it away (even selling it if feasible??).

I'm sure it wouldn't be an easy job, but I've no idea how she would go about selling it (or if not, paying someone to remove it for her).  Attached a couple of pics she's sent me (two larger ones - and two smaller ones I've just noticed when I accessed my photos - I'd forgotten about this smaller acer).

Many thanks.

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 13:35

^^ Thanks Dove - looking like it was the lack of water/moisture rather than any obvious disease (that that these trees are prone to)? Certainly appeared extremely thirsty rather than anything else.

Worth giving it a try with a new Salix? One of those trees that scream 'summer' to me personally...!

Many thanks.

Guinea Pigs Destroying Grass!

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 13:22

Like a manual (hand based) rotivate then reseed and water etc? 

Not too fussed about the aesthetics at this stage.  I'm in the process of redesigning the garden over time anyhow and part of it will be paved (just a trail from the patio to the shed...that run is totally ruined due to the back and forth walking!).

Longer term I'd probably just returf anyway (at least the garden is flat now!).

Any recommended seed varieties and grass feed?

Many thanks!

PS - I think her guinea pigs must be coming up to 6 now...they're treated like Queens by here, but although I'm not a particularly big animal lover (her mum is) I've even grown fond of them!

Last edited: 29 June 2017 13:25:03

Salix Kilmarnock perished.

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 12:54

Hi folks (again - twice today!).

I purchased a Salix Kilmarnock a good year or two ago and it started to look very welcome in our garden.

Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago I noticed a bit of dry leaf curl with a bit of die'ing off on some leaves.  I immediately set about drenching it with water (this was around the time of the very hot spell) which is something I tend to do with newly planted trees etc, but considered this well established. It's West facing and just next to my shed under/to the side of an apple tree (but gets full light for most of the day).  Despite drenching the roots and tree every day, I think I can now safely say it's dead (all the leaves dried up and the stems/branches had that wrinkled look). The tree when pulled via it's trunks feels like the root system has shot.

Clearly too late for this to be saved (it's still in the garden) but I was wondering if there's any indication as to how it may have perished?  The hot days (without rain) main culprit? A disease (nothing noticeable on the branches, leaves or trunk)?  Position/type of soil? A shame as we both love Willows, especially the cascading branches full with leaves in the summer (part of me wants to replace like with like, but there's very chance the same thing will happen again (not many other places left in the garden to plant another one).

Any advice would be most welcome!

Many thanks.

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