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New garden - tree roots everywhere

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 09:29

Ok, thanks both I won't give up!

New garden - tree roots everywhere

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 16:09

Hi all,

I recently moved to a house with my first proper garden, and I'm having a lot of problems with digging any viable plant beds because of the huge ash tree roots everywhere.  The ground is also very stony, which doesn't help.

It's a medium sized garden, with about 8 ash trees stumps scattered around it, most of which are sprouting, despite the fact that the stumps are black and crossed where the previous owners obviously tried to kill them.

A couple of the smaller ones I've managed to dig out but the remaining ones are too big for me to manage (I'm talking a good 10 inches diameter). So I've done my best to kill them with stump killer, and I'll just have to put up with the stumps remaining there.

The thing that's really bothering me now is that the ground is riddled with roots - big roots about 6 inches in diameter, which I can't remove, or dig around. Within inches of everywhere I try to dig I just hit roots.  Has anyone got any ideas about dealing with this? 

shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:13

Gosh, you were so quick I didn't see your replies. Thank you very much Dovefromabove and Flowerchild

shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:12

Forgot to say, the first thing's flowers have a pleasant honey-like scent.


shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 19:54

Hi, please can somebody identify these shrubs? The first (pictures 1 and 2) looks  to be taking over the second, and reaches about 3 meters high where it has branches stretching upwards. The second one doesn't have any buds yet, just these reddish tinged delicate leaves.  (Apologies if the photos come out at the wrong orientation)







clematis montana ('Fragrant Spring')

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 19:19

Hi, I've just bought a clematis montana, which I want to train up some brick arches in my garden.  Having dug where I planned to put it (about a foot away from the wall), I've found that there is concrete about a foot down.  Can I plant on top of this, or will it need much deeper soil than that?


What's this tree?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:53

Brill, thank you - I'm sure it is a Turkish hazel - same leaves and they do have the pointy tree shape and rough bark:


Thank you - that's cleared that up!

What's this tree?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:01

Hi, can anyone tell me what this tree is? Is it a lime? The leaf edges (double toothed?) don't match any of the lime leaf pictures I can find, although the shape's similar. It also looks like a hazel tree leaf, but the tree's quite big with a single trunk and with a pointy shape so I don't think it can be hazel?






Sorry - I am a complete novice when it comes to trees so this is probably obvious to everyone! Thanks for any help!

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 18:53

Wow, really helpful advice, thanks all!

Now that the tree has arrived and I can see how very small it is it's obvious that I can't plant it directly in the large planter yet - it would look ridiculous if nothing else!

So I shall pot it up in stages to make sure it's happily contained. Great idea to put the pot in the planter with some other things around the edge and gradually let the tree take over as I pot it up.

I'd also got a little confused over the differing types of compost suggested online, so I think I'll go with half ericaceous and half mp compost, and avoid tap water 'cause it's really hard down here.

Thank you!

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:41


I've just bought a small (20-30cm) acer palmatum atropurpureum which I'll be planting in a container.

It's in a 9cm pot at the moment, and I'd like it to end up in a square wooden planter I have, about 1 ft deep by 1.5 ft across. Is that likely to be suitable for it, and can I plant it in there straight away or ought I to pot up in increments?

Thanks for any advice!

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New garden - tree roots everywhere

Question on dealing with ash tree roots 
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shrub ID

Please can anyone identify these shrubs? 
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clematis montana ('Fragrant Spring')

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Last Post: 17/04/2014 at 20:12

What's this tree?

Tree ID wanted 
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Acer Palmatum - what size container

Not sure about pot size for young plant 
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