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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 17:50

Fixed wheelbarrow wheel before starting a demolition job on a large conifer.  masses of branches and foliage.  Half done....a trip to skip tomorrow; first of many.  Then the task of digging it out. Then the sawing up of the trunk.   I asked the old lady down the road if she would give me a hand but she said no   She may be 90 plus but she could have pushed the barrow for me.....

warm dry but mainly cloudy today.  Prob pretty good day for hard conifer removing! 


Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:34

I have had shothole  on prunus cistena crimson dwarf shrubs 

i found Bordeaux Mixture at leaf fall, bud burst and mid spring to be very effective.  A winter wash or a couple of neem oil sprays too.  

my plants are dwarf vwrieties but yours are prob far too big to spray Abby. 

There is no cure and shot hole will gradually weaken any plants. I would try to grow these trees as well as possible...good feeding and mulching.  

if you do decide to replace your trees avoid similarly susceptible ones.  

Making a bed on existing grass?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:22

Iamto, no don't do that.  You will certainly regret it if you are planting a hedge there.  Think again 

Evergreen Shrub Suggestion

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:18

Cistus are short term shrubs only as are Halimiums.  4 years or so.  Not good choices for permanent planting.  I have grown so many of these shrubs but they deteriorate markedly very quickly.  they dont deserve a place in my garden.  

Apart from abelia ...confettii......there are some lovely pittosporums available.  Evergreen foliage...purple on Tom Thumb, silver grey/pink on Garnettii, almosf white on Irene Patterson.  Yellow foliage varieties too  and all thrive in hot dry spots and easily kept to size. 

Making a bed on existing grass?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:41

iamto, yes it will for most of it but not all.  Eventually it will become a weedy patch

I have done this over grass to reseed grass and it works well but not otherwise a good idea.

what did you want to plant there instead?

the recommendation when burying turf is to do so grass side down.  Grass side up can regrow.  

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:29

Ditto Fairy 

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:28

Too late for this year but late next May cut it back by half.  It will still flower in late summer but will not flop 

Sorry but I used Weedkiller

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:25

Dave, normally I would say leave it until spring but I think you should reseed that area.

rake it so you encroach slightly the existing grass then sow seed.   Water It.  Then cover with a thin sheet of polythene or fleece until germination.  

I have sown seed this way in winter with excellent results.

Evergreen Shrub Suggestion

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:17

What better than a choisya?  

I would go for White Dazzler a newer more compact variety.  Aromatic foliage and scented white  spring and summer flowers.  

Abelias too are worth considering.   Comfettii is a gem....beautiful foliage and white flowers right now 

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Posted: 06/10/2016 at 18:57

Trace, have a rose too for my mum...just the one.....for same reason.  History, sentiment and love 

nice thread Frank 

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