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tree planting problem - please help!

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 22:34

Lee, taxus cope well with low water but will need a reasonable amount.  Being near the house creates drier conditions.  the gravel mulch will help conserve moisture.  Water as you would with any pot plant outside.  Every spring I would apply a granular fertiliser too.

I like to trim the open ground they grow moderately once established so, for me, an annual trim keeps them extra tight, dense and neat.  In pots growth will be much less but in a year or two don't be afraid to trim now and then.  

You think your Standishii look good now but come spring and summer the colour intensifies beautifully 

Problem with grass creeping from next door into border

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 22:20

Folks, you need to respect ecokid's request here.....he has made it clear he is spending a lot of time dealing with a lot of encroaching weeds from neighbour's fence and has asked for our help.  I have provided a solution.   For anti chemical lobbyists glyphosate would be a one off with a possible follow up treatment

hand weeding without any barrier from next door will be on ongoing and nigh well impossible chore 

Raw manure under new turf?

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 20:32

Dave, my point is that no matter how much firming and levelling is done over the winter the lawn level will change as manure rots down.  This from personal experience.  If manure is rotovated in early spring the problem would be even more noticeable.  For me soil level and firmness is the most important aspect to a good lawn. 

if the manure had been applied 12 months ago ....and I would trench it in......then yes the ground would have time to properly stabilise.

n.b. any work on the soil would only be done when it is dry and workable.....there will be such times over winter


Raw manure under new turf?

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 19:53

No Grabs I wouldnt spread manure around now.  It depends on just how fresh too. if rotovating I would not use it. you could trench it in but the lawn surface will sink in places as the manure rots.

I would rotovate it and apply fertilizer a week or so before sowing seed.  Better to spend the winter raking and firming the soil so that your lawn surface is as level as possible.

use the manure elsewhere Grabs 

Daffodils are sprouting too early!

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 19:46

Grabs, you may well be right. ,lots of daffs here right now with many still to come.  


Posted: 22/12/2015 at 17:47

Been a little gweedy today......a quarter of the tasty goodies have been partially consumed alweddy.  It's weelly hard to wesist.    

Wain has eased and a dwy day tomoworro 


Posted: 22/12/2015 at 15:58

Still a few website/forum issues I see 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 15:54

There isnt going to be another series is there?  

It will be just the same next year. 

it is juuuuuuuuuust a little silly now 













didn't get enough outrage last time so thought I would stir again..........





Problem with grass creeping from next door into border

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 15:49

Ecokid, no problem re your foxgloves...just pot them up into decent size pots ....sufficient to hold the rootball you extract....and grow them on until you have the bed ready.  I do this all the time.  

Good is the way to go 


Posted: 22/12/2015 at 15:44

Hey KEF....where did you get my video? 

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