Latest posts by Verdun

a plant for all seasons

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:45

Nandina can be fickle. acid soil is best if in a pot

taxus standishii is lovely in a pot or in the ground. unrivalled colour and indestructible.

phyllostachys aureus is a will run and run. it strives to "escape" and, contrary to common belief, it does go deep too 

Grass problem's

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:40

Glenn, I assume no waterlogging there now. grass seed sown 3 weeks ago is asking a lot. even here where its mild.  next month is better and you should see something then. That 7 to 14 days depends on temperature and nights have been cool or even cold.

i would apply a feed now. dont mow too close either 

battery powered lawnmowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:54

My Bosch cordless is excellent, lightweight and quiet.  The GTech cordless looks good too 

Converting flowerbeds to no dig beds

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:51

Agree with regular topdressing/mulching.  

Cardboard is not as great as it sounds.  Currently this has been done ...put down last autumn in a neighbour's garden.....and now breaking up and looking awful. Difficult to plant through 

Weeds in lawn

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:47

Lucid, weedkiller would have done the job in 20 mins holes in lawn, no stuff to move.  In my own lawn weedkiller is seldom used except for spot killing. Thick grass regularly mown discourages weeds.

well done sound a determined lady 


Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:41

Shirley, no to john innes.  Use mini bark chips or mushroom compost 

Pruning hydrangeads

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:39

Just cut back to those pairs of buds Bouleversee 

keep some shoots but very thin whispy ones should be cut back hard...they will never provide flowers 

Getting rid of ivy from a cherry tree

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:36

I would cut at or near the base of all woody shoots there and paint the cuts with SBK.  the top growth will wither during the summer. Remove pieces you can get to as well using secateurs 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:08

A soundbar makes  big difference you said, the new slimline tvs are a bit tinny.

what a lovely day...still warm.  Moved a biggish camelia; still in flower and buds but fully expect it to carry on flowering 

Cytisus Praecox (Broom)

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 12:38

Mr Jay, no you cannot hard prune any broom. 

I would buy another..they are short lived things and it seems your shrub is unlikely to have suitable material for cuttings.  I find cuttings from brooms difficult....poor success rate for me.

treat yourself to a nice new centres often have them on offer in spring 

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