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Hosta Purple Heart

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 10:42

leave it to die back naturally then give it a decent mulch this winter,

slugs and snails often only attack hostas that are showing signs of stress (too dry/hot/underfed)

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 10:14

in Teesside currently it's bizarrely warm (like 18 degrees) we've had a band of rain go thru and now the worlds gone a weird orangey grey glow, and there's not a breath of wind, it really feels strange out there, plus all the birds have gone silent!

Last edited: 16 October 2017 10:16:00

ground elder

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 10:10

the gel glyphosate stuff works well for stuff in the lawn,

I use a paintbrush to transfer from the applicator to the leaves, that way you reduce the amount of collateral grass killing that happens, just remember not to walk on the lawn for a day or so, otherwise you can track it elsewhere.

Pruning a Viburnum

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 09:45

most viburnums you prune after flowering, but what you're asking about is formative pruning (or hacking) you could take it to the ground and it would come back.

best done in early to mid summer, so it has time to reshoot and the new shoots to harden off before the first frosts.

ground elder

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 09:42

glyphosate weed killer is the only thing I've found to get rid of it fully and permanently,

you have to find how it got onto your plot? did it come under the fence from a neighbours? if so then you need to bury some weed membrane  upright as a barrier to it stopping coming back in.

starting a plot from scratch: realistic?

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 11:30

the simple answer is yes of course you can, but it will take a lot of work.

start small, first strim everything - keep an eye out for perennial vegetables that might have been left(rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus etc,) and any fruit bushes that might be hiding.

then I would get coverings on as much of the plot as possible, cardboard, black plastic, weed suppression fabric (we used to do old carpets but they have too many chemicals in them now) and anything you can't cover will be your starting point.

so the uncovered areas, you have three options

- strim it then spray it with weed killer - its actually getting late to do this now as it needs warmth to work properly.

-or you cover with cardboard and then 6 inches of compost/manure and plant straight into that - its called the no dig technique - look up Charles Dowding he does this technique

-or you have the hard graft of digging over and removing EVERY weed and root and incorporating organic mater - compost/manure etc. before you start planting

Tree roots cracking wall

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 14:56

i'm assuming you not in the UK, or at least on the mainland.

the bigger the palm gets the more the roots will spread, its only a matter of time before the wall loses it battle with gravity and comes down unfortunately.

Preparing a clay soil for turf

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 08:43

it depend on how much money you have to spend,

you could pay someone to remove the top 3 to 4 inches and replace with a sandy subsoil that you bought in and then lay your turf on top.

or you could scrape the top inch off, lay an inch of sharp sand/compost mix and sow seed onto that, its just still in seed sowing season.

Something is taking over my lawn

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 08:50

or you can just leave them and get pretty flowers in your lawn in spring.

depends how 'pristine' you want your lawn. 

Just got a hutton period alert from blightwatch for my area

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 08:49

it pretty much the end of the potato season anyway, they'll need to be harvested in the next month or so before the frosts arrive really.

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