Tim Burr

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When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:17

That's good - think it might need it.  If I don't do the bit that's gone above and then over the fence, think my neighbour will. 

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:12

Ok, thanks Nutcutlet.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:57

Hi, I'll take your word for it - how would I know the difference if its dulcamara or crispum?  I just remember somebody coming into my garden and saying, it was Woody Nightshade, which I looked up and got the latin name of S. dulcamara.  Thought it was that ever since.

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 14:44

Here you go...

When to prune Solanum dulcamara (Woody Nightshade)

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:13

Solanum dulcamara or Woody Nightshade has really taken off this year and now gone a bit rampant.  It has flowered wonderfully, but now coming to the end, and I need to get control of it.  It is planted up against a fence, but is not supported (other than by itself) but has managed to grow to to around 12 feet tall (fence is around 6 foot tall).  I was thinking of taking the longest stems along the fence to reduce height, and then prune out the stems that stick out into the border.  But when it the best time to do this?  The flowers are turning into berries, so wondering if its best to leave it now and wait until autumn/winter or spring next year, however, I was wanting to get into tackling it now, as it is set behind (and growing into) a Kerria Japonica which has also flowered and I want to cut that back to encourage new growth for flowering.  The mix of the colours from the yellow Kerria and the purple Solanum have been wonderful, but now paying for that! 

What is this grass/weed and how can I stop it taking over my lawn?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:58

I wouldn't have thought that they would have put such a pernicious grass seed in to the mix.  Its probably appeared form somewhere else.  Birds eat grass seed and then poop on your lawn as they fly over head.

What is this grass/weed and how can I stop it taking over my lawn?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:40

I think you'd be better to dig out rather than use roundup on it.  You'll effectively get the same result (ie, dead patch of lawn), but by digging it out, you would be removing the roots and all and you can fill the hole left in the turf by putting in clean top soil making it a good bed for new seed.  I've noticed in places where the Yorkshire Fog is, the area is very dense and excludes the other grass from growing. 

What is this grass/weed and how can I stop it taking over my lawn?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:17

I think I've got Yorkshire Fog in my lawn.  It started as one patch and now has spread to around 4/5 other patches and more appearing.  Its definitely not couch grass, which i recognise.  Couch grass tends to be thin and lanky, but this grass is quite thick - bit like rye grass.  I think I have got it initially from the bird seed as the main patch of it is near to where I used to have the feeder.  My lawn was only re-turfed about 5 years ago, but it is slowly being ruined.  If I was to fix it, then the only thing I think I could do is dig out the offending patch and then either re-seed or re-turf the patch, however, it would never look the same as the rest of the lawn.  I am getting to the point of thinking I might get somebody in to remove all the current turf and re-turf again.  

Slup pellets

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 22:00

I use the ferris pellets, which are said to be organic friendly.  I've done some research and its suggested wildlife eating the ferris pellet (with a slug or snail wrapped around it!) won't be harmed.  And they also reckon that snails/slugs that eat the ferris pellets generally return to die underground as they aren't killed immediately but simply stop them from feeding and then they starve to death.  I usually use the pellets early in the season as the slugs and snails emerge from winter hibernation, and before the critters and frogs come out of the pond.  That kills off a lot of slugs/snails and then I use them sparingly throughout the rest of the year and it keeps them in check.

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.


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