Stephen Shipley

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Posted: 25/03/2012 at 13:34

Give it chance to see if it will recover frost damaged plants will recover in time. If after a couple of months you see no sign of new growth, i would replace it

old Jasminium Humile

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:40

If its yellow flowering then i would guess its a winter variety. How brave are you feeling.

I grow one inline with a clematius and both got a really good hack as in about down too a foot from the roots. both have returned and the jasmine is in flower less blooms then normal but it is now under control. hope this helps.

damaged lawn - female dog

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:21

Too reduce the damage the pee does try watering the lawn with plenty and i mean soak it with a hose and spray. Makes sense as your diluting the urine. There are products available to put in the dogs water sauce but i would strongly recommend doig the research first perhaps speak to your local vet.

Kinds Regards



Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:17

Are we talking about carnation which are not hardy or dianthus which is?? Similar plant but both handle winters differently. Let me know because i have had excellent results as long as you buy a hardy version.

Kind Regards


Mossy lawns

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:13

scarifing and aeroation will help i use evergreen complete but due to the lack of rain i found it about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Im trailing a few liquid feeds including seaweed based one. I have uesed evergreen for last 5 years and had a lot of faith but due to the dry weather its time for a change


Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:08

Most jasmine to my mind are hardy both summer and winter flowering. Are you sure the frost killed it???

Circular Borders and planting

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:07

two shrubs that spring to mind are either a camellia or a wisteria both offer structure and colour the camellia being a evergreen. Both are quite demanding tho and you should do the research before buying.


Posted: 23/03/2012 at 08:36

Most spring bulbs produce offsets or bulblets ever year same as daffs snowdrops etc thats how the clumps get larger. Not sure if it will flower this year tho. I know tulip bulblets take two years to get to flowering size. Last year i put 20 tulip purple sensations in pots, after flowering i removed them and after drying found my original 20 bulbs plus 30 bulblets, so in a way your getting free plants

Horsetail weeds

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 08:27

Hi Chris

This problem was featured in gardeners march magazine. There are no chemical controls for the horse tails. Only thing i have tried with some success was laying landscaping fabric down. But it you have a use of a digger you need to get as much out as possible by hand including the roots. 

Weatherproofing Wood

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 16:03

I have never used it before but as long as its not too expensive, it could be worth try

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