Tim Burr


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Poorly Tree

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 09:14

Photinia Red Robin  

Photinia Red Robin trimming

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 09:11

Ive got a Red Robin which I have to trim back every year because no matter how much I do it, it always puts on masses of new growth again and ends up at either the same height or taller then it was previously.  Unfortunately, I didn't manage to trim it back in Autumn last year before winter set in and also in Spring I missed the window of opportunity because of being busy with other things.  Now the Red Robin is bigger than ever.  I feel really sorry for my neighbours as it blocks out light from their garden And it casts a shadow over my borders so everything underneath struggles.  It was planted by previous owners of the house I live and I'm loath to remove it because it does provide privacy - just needs to be trimmed right back again.

Is now the completely wrong time to do it, and should I wait until Autumn?  It's currently in flower (which is the first time it's done that because I usually have trimmed it back enough to stop it from doing that) and it's just finished it flush of red leaves which are now slowly going green.  It's dropped a ton of old leaves on the grounds, which annoys me no end as I have to pick them up off the borders as slugs and snails hide in the leaves that don't rot down like normal leaves.  Really is quite an annoying shrub overall and I only tolerate it for the privacy it provides.

Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 00:00

I've got block paving - and I had weeds coming up galore.  I didn't want to use weed killer.  I have a pond and most weed killers say that it should not be used near to aquatic animals - I don't want to kill the wildlife in my pond.  Also, I have hedgehogs that frequent the garden, and I worry about them getting poisoned however slight from weedkiller.  I use a flame torch, which I got the GC - cost about £10 and came with a can of butane.  I have to use it about once every two weeks but as long as I don't let the weeds flower - then it keeps it all in check.  As well as being satisfying to blast the weeds, it only takes around 30 mins to do the whole block paving. And added bonus I've also noticed is that torching the block paving also seems to keep the moss and algae at bay.

Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 23:31

I planted a Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' in the corner of the garden about 4 years ago without really thinking about the light (or lack of it) with the result that even in the height of summer, I have a dark hole in the corner of the garden where this tree is because the colour of it just sucks the light away.  Over the last four years, its only grown about 10 feet (it was probably about 5 foot when I got it).  This year, I've taken the difficult decision to take it out and replace with a plant that is much 'brighter' to bring a bit of light to the corner of the garden.  I'm resigned to the fact that in digging it up, it will probably put it under so much stress that it will probably kill it, but if there was a chance of saving it, what would be the best way?  I'm thinking the roots might not have gone that far, so how much root ball should I try and dig up to try and keep it safe and relocate it.

Hard pruning a Mahonia

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 23:09

I'm planning to cut back a leggy Mahonia shrub, but just wondering if I can replant the crowns (they'll be three of them), so I can propagate more plants.  Is it as easy as putting cutting of crown in pot with compost and watering?  Other than removing the remaining berries (which haven't turned blue and been eaten by the birds), anything else I should do?

Bamboo

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 23:46

In order to grow bamboo to its full height, you have to give it plenty of room.  In a pot, it won't achieve its full potential height it would grow to in open ground.  The other factor is water.  As mdw84 above said, they water their bamboo in a huge pot nearly every other day.  If you don't or can't to that and/or your pot is small, then that will impact on its height.  Bamboos in open ground that clump rather than run are generally well behaved, but even they might need containing with a barrier if you want to stop it from spreading too far or outside the boundary of where you want it to go.  Digging it up and splitting it might sound relatively easy, but I've seen examples of people trying to split a bamboo in the ground and a pot, and people have snapped spades and have had to use an electric saw to get thru' the roots and rhizomes of a mature bamboo.  Not for the faint hearted!

Foxglove

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:26

Whoops - clicked submit too soon....

Penultimate paragraph....

"Numerous people have told me about playing with the flowers of foxgloves, as children, without coming to any harm but you will still see alleged experts saying that it should be removed from any place where children might be present."

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 17:09

Thanks Verdun.   

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 16:12

I planted a Camelia in the garden at least 4 years ago, but despite looking very green, healthy and a good lot of flowers this year, it is not growing.  I think the roots must have got pot bound before I planted it and despite me thinking I would have teased the roots out, when I put it in the ground, its seems obvious that the roots are still going around in circles hence why its not growing.  I'd like to pull it out the ground and have a look - when is the best time to do that?  Immediately after flowing, or early autumn?  I have had camelia before in a another garden and then grew quite tall quite quickly so not expecting this to have been a slow grower.

 

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