Latest posts by Verdun

Strange roots (?) at the bottom of my apple trees... What are they?

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 07:02

Ha ha, Max.   Relax.

yes a mixture of soil and dried manure or pelleted chicken manure too to cover those roots.  Do you water it a lot?  Doing that encourages surface rooting 

Lawn advice

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 06:59

No point applying a feed and moss killer before scarifying I think.  

A mosskiller, scarify then feed.  If in doubt about the timings Max read the instructions on mosskiller 

during the summer a liquid feed or two will help maintain your lawn's appearance

Pruning my young apple and pear trees - advice for a newcomer please

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 06:51

Max, do no pruning and you will have large trees with fruit beyond reach 

in the open ground a "goblet"shape is helps prevent trees getting leggy and opens them up to allow plenty of ventilation.

you can have fun with pruning apples and pears so dont be afraid.

see how your trees grow and prune for balance too by pruning to outward or upward buds and by harder pruning weaker branches to encourage growth.  Summer pruning simply prevents any crossing branches, of course 

i put in an orchard a few years ago and have kept the bushes at shoulder height.  They are easy to pick and highly productive.  They are summer pruned as if they are espaliers, etc., viz.  they are pruned to spurs on every branch.  (Summer pruned in late july early August) 

Last edited: 16 March 2017 06:53:43

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 06:38

Morning chatterboxes 

Pruning Tip bearing (and Partial...) trees in the same way as spur bearing

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 06:36

"Treat the same way"  Max and you will never have fruit on tip bearers 

What to feed cuttings and seedlings?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 22:22

Yes, one cane per stem Craigh.  Loosely tied at regular points.  In addition, I put a circle of ties around the canes at 3 or 4 points to catch the smaller side shoots.  Summer Skies is excellent.  

I have some shorter delphiniums ...heck, name escapes me for moment.....that are nice but it's the tall guys that impress, right? 

Lawn advice

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 22:14

Grays, a lot now to do in a relatively short time

I would mow on a high setting

apply a weed/ moss there moss or weeds?  If no moss or the odd weed I would omit this step....just not necessary. 

scarify asap or a week after you have applied weed and moss killer

mow again to help tidy the lawn

apply a granular or liquid lawn feed

any gaps remaining in the lawn can be least a week after feeding.  If you feed after seeding you will damage the new grass

my own regime right now .....scarifying done last to spot weed, apply lawn food,  top dress (done a few days ago) and re seed any sparse areas in a couple of weeks

I mow twice a week in the growing season with blades set to allow a longer sward.  

What to feed cuttings and seedlings?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 19:42

Just keep the slugs at bay Craigh. Delphiniums are the queen of the summer border.  Are they the tall ones? Make sure you get the supports in sooner rather than later.  The throw their spikes up before you know it so you want them nice and straight 

Is this bush sick?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 19:38

I think Nut is correct.  Best to cut back hard as she suggested 

it will take a long time to rot, wont regrow so rig up a tripod of steel rods and plant a clematis montana up it.  

I did this several years ago and all anyone can see in winter is a neat support system. in spring it is smothered in pink flowers. 

2017 in my Bristol Garden.

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 19:01

Did you eat them all Marion?  What a reward indeed 

did you get your magnolias?  Which ones? 

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