Tim Burr

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Cats pooping in raised bed compost

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 11:30

Yes, it will be fine.  It would also say its fine for veg too unless you're a bit squeamish about a bit of poo.  You can always just remove what's in there.  Plenty of crops are grown in all sorts of stuff which you probably wouldn't want to know about.   

There are lots of scare stories about cats and Toxoplasmosis but vegetables can't catch it, and if you're growing root veg, then common sense is that you wash the veg before eating it and if that doesn't get rid of it, then the cooking process will.  The only caveat perhaps is if your pregnant or suffer from an immune deficiency you should avoid cat poo, but otherwise Toxoplasmosis is generally harmless to most people.  Try to keep cats off the bed by simply planting it up, or if you're waiting a bit, put some twigs in the ground or lay chicken wire over the soil to stop them being able to dig.  Make sure its secured down.

Bluebells - not spreading

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 13:50

I don't recall seeing the seedlings in the spring.  I don't cut the flower heads off when they go over in the hope that they will self seed.  I take it that they don't spread by bulb division like Crocosmia, say?

Bluebells - not spreading

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 13:28

I planted some bluebells around 4/5 years ago, and although the ones I planted come up every year, they have not spread at all.  I was warned when I planted them that they would take over the garden in a few years, but they've not done anything like that.  I'd have liked them to spread around a little bit.  I have them in a shaded area of the garden (which I thought would be ideal being a woodland plant).  The soil is light loam. The ground does not get too dry nor too wet.  Any ideas?  

Small bed/border around conservatory

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:34

Small bed around a conservatory.  Cleared out old (except for a Lobelia, which I dug up, split, and replanted temporarily).  Have a Yucca in the ground which I think I want to also remove - very spiky points on leaves and also suffers from brown spot hence why cut off all the lower leaves.  Bed faces North/North East / East.  Gets no sun in late autumn/winter/early spring, and in summer only gets sun in morning/mid afternoon at best.  Would ideally like something for all year round interest, and wondering if ferns would be a good choice, interspersed with a few choice long lasting perennials.  Soil is light loam. Any ideas?  Not a large border by any imagination.  There is a pond on other side of path and slugs can be a problem so nothing that will feed the local beasties please. 

Garden Pond Renovation

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 13:24

Is now a good time to renovate a tired garden pond? No sign of any frog spawn yet.  Have plants in baskets which are all a bit past their best and need replacing and the water mint has taken over a bit.

Coral Spot on Rowan

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:57

Assume this is Corel Spot which I spotted on a young Rowan I planted a couple of years ago.  It appears to be the only area of the tree that I can see it on and I've cut off the offending tiny branch off the main trunk. Do I need to do anything more?  I understand that there are no specific sprays or fungicides.

Conservatory Yucca

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:35

Yucca in my conservatory has grown to the ceiling and nowhere else for it to go.  If I cut off the main trunk to below where the four main branches come out, will it re-grow again from below the cut?  And if OK to do that, what's the best way of cutting the main trunk without damaging it too much.  Also, the current trunk is sealed at the top with something - what is that, and can it be purchased to re-seal it.  I did think about using candle wax!! 

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:32

Is there a systemic insecticide available that can be watered in and taken up by the root of a house plant rather than sprayed on? My conservatory plants (Yucca, Ficus, Draceana and several others) are slowing succumbing to Scale and despite repeated spraying with an indoor bug spray its doing nothing and the problem is getting worse. I have taken plants outside and gave them a good wash with garden hose several times during summer. Some of the plants are several years old and are otherwise healthy and huge (yucca is nearing 8 foot tall!!). Don't really want to lose them although getting to the point of thinking I'm going to have to get rid of them and start afresh once I've given the conversatory a deep clean to rid of any remaining Scale insects lurking. The only otger thing I could think of is a insect fogger like the ones that kills fleas, but not sure how e it would be on Scale insects.

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:58

I've got an old Ceanothus. My guess is that its probably as old as the house (circa 21 years?) and put in by the previous owners when they moved in to the new build.  It is around 12 feet tall and in a relatively small modern development garden is too big.  It is also looking rather tired and although it has leaves on the outside, it is sparse inside.  I've noticed that it has flowered less for the last two years and is probably less vigorous on putting fresh growth (which I do hedge trim back) after flowering.

I know that Ceanothus don't respond well to hard pruning so I've made a decision to remove it - however, not sure how easy it will be do to that, especially as the main trunk is probably the size of a medium sized tree.  Can anybody tell me what the root system is like for a Ceanothus?  I am wondering if I just cut it down low as possible to below ground level, and then replant near it, and let nature take her course on rotting it down, or will I be able to get the stump out, without recking the rest of the garden around it.  It is very near the boundary fence, so don't want to cause any issue of pulling half the fence down to get it out the ground.

Poorly Laurel Hedge

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:56

Any ideas what is causing this mottling on a well established laurel hedge.  Also, something has been eating it.  The new shoots have had the majority of the new leaves being removed leaving just green stems.  There is also damage on older leaves as per the picture. It did suffer mildew in the summer (which has been a persistent problem for a few years now).  Ground underneath is as dry as a bone despite the recent rain, and I've just cleared a load of old dried dead leaves from underneath it to let the water thru'.

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Oriental Poppy - what do to after flowering

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Bluebells - not spreading

Should I count myself lucky! 
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Small bed/border around conservatory

Ideas, ideas, ideas.... 
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Garden Pond Renovation

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Coral Spot on Rowan

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Conservatory Yucca

Grown too tall.. 
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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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