Tim Burr


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The Decline of Bees

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 19:39

Interesting article in Telegraph suggesting the decline of the bee population is down to gardeners.  Right, I'll beat myself with a stick right now.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/31/gardeners-fueling-bee-decline-by-using-weedkillers-and-pesticide/

Have I been stupid?

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 18:30

You might be lucky if we have another mild winter.  Ironically, I've lost fully hardy plants in the last mild winter.  Just never know.

Laburnum Trees

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 18:28

I love laburnum trees, and would happily have one or two in my garden, but somebody told me that if I came to sell the house I'd have to chop the trees down as unlikely any family with children would buy it as the trees would put people off.  I know laburnum tree seeds are poisonous as I grew up with one in my garden and remember my mother telling me not to eat the seats when I was about 4/5 years old - she told me although they look like pea pods they weren't and I shouldn't eat or play with them.  Suited me as I don't like peas!!  Are peoples fears of laburnum trees that bad?  Surely parents these days have the same common sense as my mother did and just warn the children off.  And a laburnum tree wold be the least of their problems - they would also have to avoid the Acotnitum, Digitalis, Solanum dulcamara, and Narcissus then, and keep away from the pond whilst they're at it! 

Please identify this weed for me

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 18:22

Had this in my previous garden.  I just persisted in pulling it up and after 4/5 seasons it becomes very weak and just eventually loses the will to live and dies.  No chemicals used.

Weeds ?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:56

Thanks Pete - yes, spotted after I posted that somebody else had posted a picture of a similar looking 'weed' under a different thread.  Looks fairly similar.  First time I've seen it in the garden and appears to have appeared literally from nowhere.  Somebody said its got sticky seeds so probably brought in by either the foxes, hedgehogs or the millions of cats that use my front garden as a thoroughfare.

Weeds ?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:25

Save me starting a new thread....


Can somebody please confirm what this weed is?  It appears to have populated an area of my front garden in a gravel bed, which has weed suppressing membrane under the gravel.  It has colonised above the weed membrane in the gravel but has anchored its roots in the fabric.  Ignore the baby sycamore tree in the picture.  I know what that is. :-)


Black spot on yucca

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 23:45

The black spots are probably caused by fungal spores that have been splashed up from the soil by heavy rain.  The best way to deal with the black spots and reduce the risk of further infections is to cut off the infected leaves, and also any leaves close to the ground.  The risk is you've the fungus in the soil so it may become a recurring problem.  You can use copper fungicide, or neem oil on the plant early in the season.

Japenesse knotweed

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 16:55

She should speak to the solicitors who did the conveyance work. If the vendor deliberately lied, then all costs, including your daughters costs should be recovered. Also, check out the house insurance policy to see if it includes legal cover as that may cover off the initial risk.  You may also want to inform the mortgage providers as having knotweed on the garden could impact on the valution they provided the mortgage for.

Ivy damaging my property

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 23:12

Be careful when getting into disputes with neighbours.  If and when you come to sell up and move house, you are required to provide information on disputes with neighbours.  If you don't and a purchaser then finds out or they have their own issues which identifies previous disputes, then they could sue you for not disclosing it.


And I also agree with Emma41.  You can cut any overhanging growth from neighbours plants without the need to get permission (except if its a tree with a TPO).  However, you cannot simply drop or dump what you have cut off into your neighbours garden as you could be done with fly-tipping (yes, seriously true!).  You also cannot keep it, because you can be accused of theft.  So the only way around it is to offer it back and if they say no, then its up to you to dispose.  You can't just throw it over the fence and think its no longer your problem.  

Impact of lowering soil level on existing trees

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 15:03

Tree roots go outwards as well as down so any attempt to reduce the soil below the current level will create an issue with exposing the roots which may be just below the surface (ie, one or two feet down). If you expose them you would then probably want to cut them off, and then you risk the tree no longer being anchored with the risk of it toppling over especially in a high wind or even strong breeze.  On a mature tree, the roots dispersal can be as wide at the canopy, however, it will depend on the tree.  As a good guide you can do a root:trunk ratio of 12:1.  So for every 1 inch of trunk diameter, the roots go out by 12 inches.  So if the diameter of the trunk is 20 inches, you're looking at around 240 inches or 20 foot.  I don't see how you can feasibly reduce the level of the ground a tree is already planted in without doing serious damage to the tree or killing it.  You either need to leave them be, or make the difficult decision to remove them, lower the ground and replant with same or something different in the newly lowered ground.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Powdery Mildew on Laurel Hedge

 
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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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Black Aphids on conservatory Yucca

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

 
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Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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