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Yesterday at 13:04
if you want wildlife the easiest way is to get water in your garden, a fountain, pond, rill, mini stream etc. anything like that will draw in wildlife.
2 days ago at 09:07
so you have pretty much no garden then? by those calculation you use a maximum of 5% of your garden for actual garden? (as opposed to concrete or access for vehicles over the grass)
the question is, why are you asking a gardening forum how to get rid of water, if you have no garden? surely a landscaping forum would be better?
but any way - collect the water in a water butt and use it for washing cars, you can run a pressure washer off most large water butts.
2 days ago at 08:52
Jeyes fluid is a cleaning agent for pots/greenhouse glass etc, it is not for use in any other capacity eg. cat scaring, mole scaring, vine weevil killing - its horrible, horrible stuff!!
19 Jan 2018 10:27
looks over watered to me, if you let it drain it might come back,if not you could take cuttings from the least wilted bits.
however has it been near any windows? i know you've had some very cold weather over there recently and it may have been 'frosted' inside if its close to a window.
in the UK (where this forum is based) we have grubs that can live in soil and eat the roots of plants called vine weevils, i have no idea if you get them in USA however, but you might have something similar?
19 Jan 2018 10:19
just leave it, it won't grow in winter, but come spring it will go bonkers in a greenhouse!
15 Jan 2018 12:00
if you can move it when its frost free and keep as large of a root ball on it hen you move it then it should move fine,
if its only been in the ground a couple of years the roots hopefully won't be too established
15 Jan 2018 11:53
anything woody taken out i would burn rather than skip and remove, the ash will be useful for the soil (you can also sterilise the soil using the fire) and you don't have to pay for skip removal.
i'd also be tempted to remove by hand with a saw and mattock rather than with a minidigger (harder work, but less damage to the soil structure), i would also see what you've got and cut back what can be kept rather than removing entirely, even if its been let go for 20-30 years the shrubs and trees from the original garden will be in there somewhere.
start by clearing pathways and removing weed trees and brash species (ash, elder, sycamore, brambles etc) and wait till the spring and see what pops up, if you need help identifying shrubs/trees/plants put decent pics on here and we'll tell you what they are and how to deal with them (some might just need chopping to the ground and let regrow, some might just need thinning out).
just take it steady, after all you don't want to accidentally chop down a 50 year old magnolia or camellia!
15 Jan 2018 11:38
why would anyone do that to an Acer??
first remove any branches that are crossing. (remember to only remove a max of 1/4 of the tree)
i would let them grow for a year and then remove branches that don't look right and repeat until it looks like a tree again
15 Jan 2018 09:12
that's water reed, i would bet more than a bit wet at times, more pond i would bet,
i would advise raised beds with Terran underneath to stop the reeds rooting into the raised beds and Terran with wood chips or gravel on the paths to stop it regrowing, if you have a shed make sure its raised up a bit, old railway sleepers work best.
10 Jan 2018 14:32
they look quite young, hopefully the roots won't be too substantial, dig them out is your best bet, leave a good 1m of stem so you can use it as a lever.
10 Jan 2018 11:45
i think you've over watered it was well, there may be no hope for the main plant, but you can snap the ends of the branches off and root them easily into well draining soil.
you can even snap off individual leaves and get them rooted
10 Jan 2018 11:30
keep it watered and re-pot in spring to a pot a couple of inches wider than the one its in now and hope for the best
10 Jan 2018 10:40
I've got a gardening group of more mature people (70 yr old +), but some are starting to struggle with some tools (grip strength decreasing, difficulty digging etc.)
I was wondering if anyone out there uses tools for the more mature person and if they do would they recommend anything in particular?
08 Jan 2018 15:17
beech is good, you can keep your side nicely trimmed and let the outside grow long, plus is a good wind break.
you could just grow some waist high holly, no one will step over it and you keep the views, plus bits for Xmas wreaths!
08 Jan 2018 14:27
what about attaching some wires to the wall and growing a climber up it?
08 Jan 2018 14:20
that's not an outdoor plant, that's a house plant,
they do not like cold, let alone snow. i think its a good chance that its a dead as a doornail.
Last edited: 08 January 2018 14:25:14
21 Dec 2017 10:06
i wouldn't bother, if they're going to get a fungal or bacterial infection it will already be in there by now.
21 Dec 2017 09:10
With the garden sloping towards your house I would see about getting a french drain near your house draining into you household drains, this at least will mean in heavy rain your house doesn't get flooded.
in future you can then link a land drain system to this french drain if needed.
21 Dec 2017 09:07
it might be worthwhile removing one side of the break if you can, if you leave a V shape it can collect water and be damaged by frost (or just rot) so you might need to pick the smaller of the broken sides are remove entirely.
21 Dec 2017 08:29
when you say zone 8b, that makes me thing you're not in the UK where this forum is based?
where are you on earth? as there may be diseases in certain areas that we are unaware of.