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moss in flowerbeds

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 09:02

give the surface a light rake to remove the moss,

then add a layer of compost (about 1 inch) this will give everything a feed in the bed and then top with a layer of mulch (2-3 inches) this should stop the moss returning.

artificial grass

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 11:07

you can sink most trampolines, just make sure they have something solid for the feet to sit on that aren't going to sink or twist, my friend used small square paving slabs on top of a layer of tamped gravel, if you soil is liable to collapse (sandy soil in particular) then you have to put some boards in to stop it filling the hole.

you can also make the edges of the hole not vertical, think about what shape the trampoline bed is when in full down 'bounce', it looks like a cone and you dig the hole accordingly, just make sure you leave enough room or someone might hit the floor when using it.

Last edited: 18 January 2017 11:10:01

stepover fruit trees

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 11:38

either JI mix should be fine, you might want to add some multi purpose compost into the mix and chicken manure pellets mixed into the bottom couple of inches of fill to give the tree a bit of a kick start next year.

remember to remove all fruit in the first year so the tree focuses on growing rather than fruiting.

Last edited: 17 January 2017 11:41:30

artificial grass

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 11:29

some of the fake grass available now looks quite good, bizarrely you have to weed it if real grass starts to grow, it useful in areas of high traffic, or high child usage and once the kids grow up a bit, its easy to remove and put a real lawn down.

Also think about sinking the trampoline into the ground. A friend of mine has just done that and its remarkable how much better her garden looks for it. Just remember drainage, otherwise you get a trampoline/paddling pool combination! 

Hot conservatory

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 08:55

it isn't about how hot it gets during the day, its about how cold it gets on a night, once the night time temperatures drop below 10 degrees indoors it limits what you can grow.

so the question is, how cold does it get on a frosty night outdoors?

Coral Spot?

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 08:58

coral spot infects dead or dying wood, it doesn't kill the wood to infect it, if you prune back into living wood (at a bud so more die back doesn't occur) you should be ok,

don't compost the stuff you chop off, i'd burn it and dust it around plants in the garden in the spring.

Moving a rose

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:12

You could take cuttings? take plenty and hopefully one with strike, that way you don't loose the rose (technically) and you don't have buy a new one!

Blue Atlas Cedar Tree

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:06

any of the crab apples, rowans, birches, small maples would all do fine and give good colour at various times of the year.


Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:05

the easiest way I have found to stop the neighbours cats using my garden as a latrine is to get a cat with an attitude,

we've just rehomed a cat that is 1/4 Scottish wildcat (she a tame cat, not a feral one- though her mother was feral and I think she taught her bad habits) anyway, cat poo in the garden disappeared within a week of letting her out.

and cats don't poo in their own gardens!

RHS Bridgewater

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 15:15

It would be nice to have another RHS site in northern England, we have Harlow Carr and then you have to head to Hyde Hall in Essex for the next closest.

Wonder why are they mostly located in southern England? are they scared of the slightly colder conditions north of the Watford gap?

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