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When to scarify...

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:55

Hiya Des

spiking is aeration,yes.  Agree it is tiring  even on my light soil. You can get spikes to strap to your shoes and you simply walk over your lawn...???   Not quite the same as scarifying....the removal of thatch etc to allow light and air to penetrate the lawn's surface.  Spiking goes deeper. 

I am not totally convinced of the need to spike.....stopped it a couple of years back....but on heavy clay soil it can be beneficial.

get your aerator does make a big difference.     

Greenhouse tomatoes and eucalyptus tree

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:46

Andy, I think your eucalyptus will become a big problem at some stage so worthwhile tackling it now so a good decision to cut if down.  

although eucalyptus is often I grow them....and quixkly regrows I find the roots do not start shooting up eveeywhere.  The SBK is just a precaution to kill the stump  

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:23

Wet PP? wet?  Not here . Not the sunshine hoped for yet but dry and pleasant enough 


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:17

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:14


I'm going to mention "conifer" but don't hold your head 

Taxus Standishii is an easy, upright and very tolerant evergreen tree.  It is also delightfully attractive with its yellow summer foliage turning to olive in winter.  There is also a dark, on the fwce of it,  sombre looking variety that thrives in dark shade but this is a good foil to other plants as well as a good screening plant.

phormiums?  These are evergreen grass like plants with superb colouring in their leaves.....from red to yellow.

Check out lonicera Baggesons Gold........yellow new growth on olive foliage and can be trimmed to any shape,,is evergreen and relatively fast growing.

cordylines too ....plain green to red and yellow variegated.

in fhe west of Ireland you have a similar climate to my own i think....mild at least?  

Anyone knows what happened to my lavender?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:53

Ariadna, too much water 

lay off the watering....lavendar hates it.  Water only if it dries out.  

i don't like lavendar growing in pots because it is difficult to assess its watering needs.  In the ground I never water lavendar...i have a newly planted hedge (last autumn) and never watered it despite some hot summer sun and light soil.  

(Has your pot got drainage holes?) 

a common problem with plants bought now is that the roots are congested.  this prevents water uptake and stresses the plants.  your plant may therefore be dry at the root but soaked around the foliage.  The roots should be teased out if congested.  what was root system like?

It should recover if you leave it alone 

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Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:46

But Nut, the "pretty things" are what many of us want in our gardens . Who wants to grow things just for butterflies?

Having said that, my garden most everyone else's.....full of glorious colour, full of "pretty things" right now.  It did not occur to me that butterflies do not lay eggs on buddleias but it makes sense.  They are flitting in and around agastaches for example and never seen eggs there either. 

We do not need to be wildlife experts to encourage butterflies......let's grow what we like and the chances are wildlife will enjoy at least some of it too. 

daffers, I regularly dead head buddleias to keep them flowering and compact....when a stem has no more flowers on it I cut that stem off.  A new flowering stem is likely to appear.  

My feeling is that an increasing number of people are growing all kinds of plants thus creating food and conditions for wildlife like bees.....more this year than for a long time....and butterflies, hedgehogs,,frogs,,etc. 

Last edited: 28 August 2016 13:47:42

A tree is my garden is very sick

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:18

I agree get rid of the diseased plants.  Our gardens are too precious to carry passengers like that.

jeyes fluid is not what is once was....very much re formulated as I understand it.   The new formulation is approved for garden use

However I WOULD definitely drench the soil there.  Why not?  We do this in our greenhouses in autumn to help protect next season's tomato crop don't we?

Tatiana, clear away all debris and spray the soil there...use a watering can.  Rake the soil a day or so later and repeat it. This won't destroy the environment      but it will help destroy any fungal spores there to enable a fresh clean planting 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:00

No GD.....been misty and drizzly for most of the morning.  Now sun is trying to push through and a good afternoon beckons.  Not expecting wall to wall sun though 

despite the "mizzle" I decided to give my 2 hollies their annual trim.  They are big ....15' tall and wide....and I shape them following their natural tendencies.  So Golden King and Handsworth New Silver now neatly trimmed to maintain 2 pyramids on one boundary.  my pride and joy 

Garden Rescue is back......

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 12:29


(A few years ago I set my recorder for "up the garden path" .  There were loads of programmes on one of the channels during the day. Saved them up and then realised they were not garden progs )

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