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Grass cutting

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 00:09

I dont think you can kill grass whenever you cut it.  Having looked after a camping site of four acres (or thereabouts) for the last 30 years, I would take my tractor mower out whenever it`s dry enough as long as I`m in the mood.  I think the mulching deck helps- as it swallows up all the fallen leaves as well as the grass clippings and feeds them back in.

Evergreen hedge screen

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:56

I have four acres, and have planted several hedges over the last 30 years.  My favourite evergreen plants to use are photinia red robin, for the bright red new shoots, and choisya ternata - a lovely fragrant shrub that is easy to prune and has white flowers.  There are several lovely escallonias to mix in, and the purple leaves of physocarpus diablo, and cotinus (the smoke tree) although not evergreen make a good contrast if planted in between the evergreens.  I`ve tried to plant in two rows to stagger the plants and create a thicker hedge.

Regular pruning is needed to encourage new growth low down and stop the plants from getting "leggy"

The word "instant" has to be taboo here - too expensive!  All my hedges are grown from cuttings.



Do you know where your pets are tonight?

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 00:37

My hyper sensitive rescued yorkies hate fireworks and thunderstorms, so I`ve created a "safe" place for them.  When "war" starts, I usher them into their bomb shelter with a very matter of fact instruction.  SAFE BED NOW.  They all huddle in there ( a largish doggie crate)  and I drape a sheet over the top.  They are then best ignored - they calm down best if I tell them - "just leave it"  As long as they see I`m not bothered - they aren`t either.  

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 00:10

A friend I used to know turned his squirrel problem into a full time hobby and entertainment programne.  He built a climbing frame with a involved lots of difficult and intricate puzzles for the squirrels - who were rewarded for their efforts with tasty treats.  Every time he saw that they had worked out how to get the treat, he would invent another hurdle for them.  There was more pleasure from studying these clever creatures than problems, and he turned his easy chair towards the window instead of the tv.....magic!

If only we could learn to work with nature....and maybe smile more.


Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:59

Have to say, I try to cut them all back to "slaughter" level as soon as they are near end of flowering, and every year they are bigger and stronger than ever.  I have a few different varieties and treat them all the same way.  Some varieties can become a nuisance as they seed all over the place and can be difficult to get rid of.  Buddleia is very easy to grow from cuttings.

help please as regards my dog

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 23:59

Spread some pate  - -brussels is nice and smooth, onto a saucer, and put the glucose solution on top.  It has worked with all of my dogs with no effort at all.  They will do anything for pate.  If all ok, you can chuck the syringe away 

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 23:45
Sorry to disagree, but I`ve never yet found a hydrangea that will tolerate a dry situation - they all need lots of water.

Steep slope planting plans - any photos?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 22:01

If your soil is acid, heathers might look good.  I`ve seen steep banks covered with "Mind your own business" too which spreads like crazy and covers everything.  Have often thought about placing stone shapes and let the plant run all over them, with a bit of imagination could make an interesting feature. I think the plant is called Helxine ??

Short varieties of lavender may work too as they are drought resistant.  Munstead is easy to grow from seed, and would be a cost effective way to produce lots of plants.  Small leaf variegated ivy would look after itself quite well too.

Sorry, haven`t got any pics!

Can a choisya be re-planted now once its in flower, looks like a med/large

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:25

If it`s really necessary to move it now, I would prune it back to half it`s size first to give it a fighting chance, and spend time preparing the new planting site beforehand.   This will help as the plant wont have to work so hard supporting it`s top half and put it`s effort into the roots.  The are quick growers, and you will get more flowers later on.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 20:54

Rescue a little dog - terriers are good.   They can be good at deterring cats.  Dogs can be trained - come on, we all know you cannot train a cat - they do as they like, and go wherever they want to.  For that reason I would never blame a cat owner

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Discussions started by Tetley

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Sorry to disagree, but I`ve never yet found a hydrangea that will tolerate a dry situation - they all need lots of water. 
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