Tim Burr

Latest posts by Tim Burr

Kerria Japonica Pruning

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 07:48

Perfect - thank you.  Now, where's the secateurs! 

Kerria Japonica Pruning

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 07:44

Flowers have started to go over, with poms poms going or gone white.  Gone a bit straggly and wild looking.  Good time to prune?  How far back should I go?  Some stems appear to be over 12 foot tall. but want to make it more manageable.  Also want to encourage some new shoots from the ground to thicken it up.

Perspex mirror

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:50

If you're going to put a perspex mirror on a fence to visually expand the size of your garden and make it look like the fence is not there then please put a trellis over it to break up what appears to them to be a way to fly thru'.  Birds in my experience don't fly directly thru' trellis but over it, so playing trellis over the top of a mirror should avoid bird injuries.  It might not achieve the look you're wanting, but unless you want dead and injured birds in your garden, its the best way to avoid unwanted damage to the wildlife. 

Pittosporum taming

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:33

Once took a Pittosporum down to ground level - it was over 12 feet tall.  Within 6 weeks it was starting to re-sprout from the stump left behind.  If it'd left it, it would probably have been back to 12 feet tall within a couple of seasons.

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:29

One trick I learned is to use a spring loaded tea strainer, which you can use to capture the beasties and when they try to leap out of the way, they get caught.  You can buy them on Amazon...£1.10 with free delivery.  Perfect for catching Lily Beetles.


English bluebells!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:34

Went to Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming in Surrey last Saturday.  Stunning.


Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:31

You can use a systemic weedkiller like Pravado and that will stop Lily Beetle in its tracks.  The only thing is though that any beneficial insects that want to feed on the nectar will equally be affected by Pravado so by killing the one thing you want to get rid of, you could inadvertently kill the good things.  I stopped using Pravado a few years ago for exactly that reason.  Lily Beetle catching is now a fun game to play on a Sunday afternoon!

A mystery weed...

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:00

More info...


Japanese Rowen (Sorbus Commixta)

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:56

Any ideas when a Japanese Rowen (aka Sorbus Commixta) puts on its growth - is it before or after the flowers/berries have set.  And is it a slow grower or quite speedy?

Herbaceous perennials not appeared

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 10:03

I consistently lose newly planted herbaceous perennials in my garden.  I plant them one year - they do great, leave them for the winter and by spring, dead and/or rotting in the ground.  Some however do make it every year and when they do, it usually means they will be in for the long term.  Monarda's are one's that consistently fail to come back.  I've tried them in several different areas of the garden but although they do well in the season they are planted, they never come back.  Given up on the them now.       The soil in my garden is fairly light loam but about 18 inches down, there is a hard compacted layer, so in winter, the ground can be quite wet as there is nowhere for the water to run to.  I also suffer with moss not only growing in the lawn but also on the borders.  When I moved into my house, I had the garden re-landscaped.  There was a small tree located at the bottom of the garden that looked like it was really struggling, so decided to take it out - it was only around 15 foot tall.  I literally only had to pull the tree out of the ground with my bare (bear??) hands as there was no root ball as it had obviously rotted away.  Amazed it survived at all and that it was still standing - just!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' Tree

Gone a bit wonky! 
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Mildew on my Laurel Hedge

How to treat successfully 
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Fatsia Japonica - frost damage on new growth

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Kerria Japonica Pruning

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Japanese Rowen (Sorbus Commixta)

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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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