Tim Burr

Latest posts by Tim Burr

Plant or weed....?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 17:33



Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 19:22

I cut back my Red Robin hard back in September without any ill effects.  It started putting out red stems/leaves in March and hasn't stopped since.  Its now bigger then it was in September, I'm sure.  I have been thinking about trimming it back now, but suspect I will be doing it again in September as the thing just won't stand still for five minutes.

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:51

I've often wondered what it must feel like to be a mealworm, lying on my back in a bowl and about to be snapped up by a hungry bird!  


Just a word of advice - if you plan to put out dried mealworms instead of live ones, please soak them in water first (overnight) and then drain.  Dried mealworms can dehydrate small chicks.

slug psychology

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:36

Have you tried dropping them in water and seeing if they rehydrate and spring back to life? 

Ants nesting in Bay tree pot

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:22

If not done so already, stand the pot on something to get it off the ground/patio.  Old bricks will do.  If I leave pots on my patio, the ants bury up from the joins in between the block paving and see the entrance to the pot as a new world to conquer and then inhabit.  Also, if you give the pot a really good soaking that can sometimes be enough to make them move on.  They don't like being waterlogged.

Too much time on my hands

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 16:12


Olive Trees

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:16

My Olive Tree in a pot is looking quite sorry for itself, and I thought it was on the way out, but the other day I dd spot some very early sign of new year buds.  I think the long cold spring has not helped.  I'm hoping it's just complaining but once the weather warms up, it'll sort itself out.

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:13

I've just completely decked my Kerria Japonica to the ground as it was looking a right mess.  Ive now got quite a substantial gap in the border.  Now I'm wondering if I've done the right thing.  Only time will tell, no doubt!  I did read that they are pretty rugged and probably a bit thuggish so I don't think I've killed it! 


Anybody got any of their own stories of gardening disasters they wish to share and whether it came out alright in the end, or it was a complete disaster!



Red Robin shrub

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 17:51

I cut my Red Robin back hard in the autumn.  In the Spring it's thrown out so much new growth I'm sure it is bigger than before I pruned it.  My neighbours don't like it because it blocks out light from their garden, but I do try to keep it trimmed low, However I turn my back on it for five minutes and its re-grown 2 feet.  And yes, I'm forever picking up the leaves that take forever to break down if I leave them on the ground.  The leaves are a great hiding place for slugs if left on the ground.

Flaming Weeds!

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:57

Bought one of the best bit of kit in a long time today.  A flaming weed gun! Fantastic.  Turn on gas, ignite and whoosh - obliterating weeds like no tomorrow.  I know I might not kill the roots and they might be back, but to clear a whole path in 5 minutes was great and satisfying.  Wish I had bought one years ago!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Water in systemic insecticide

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Removing an old Ceanothus

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Poorly Laurel Hedge

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Too late to prune back a Kerria Japonica?

Missed on pruning after flowering 
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Crocosmia Lucifer

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Extremely sickly looking bamboo

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Powdery Mildew on Laurel Hedge

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Last Post: 17/06/2016 at 20:32

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

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The Decline of Bees

Apparently, its all our fault! 
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Laburnum Trees

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Last Post: 30/05/2016 at 18:34

Black Aphids on conservatory Yucca

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Last Post: 08/05/2016 at 13:47

Name of the blue flowering plants on GW (Friday 6th May)

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Last Post: 07/05/2016 at 21:14

Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Last Post: 01/05/2016 at 12:41

Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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