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pesky hypericum removal advice needed

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 17:43

In my early days I was swayed by fhe hype for this plant so I planted a nice group.  However, the first summer was a wake up call with "new plants" cropping up.  

I research new plants or study their behaviour during the growing season.....kniphofias  are ones to watch I think.  Prob they will be plants to divide annually.

roundup will work but wont affect plants resulting from underground spreading roots.  Each shoot has to be sprayed and then watch for and spray further growth during the summer

Yew tree planting

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 17:24

Yes, fish blood and bone is excellent containg both quick and slow release feed 

pesky hypericum removal advice needed

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:51

Amanda this hypericum is indeed a pest.  

Glyphosate weedkillers will effectively control and kill this hypericum but its now a little late to use it.  Use it in spring when growth is underway again.  Then again during the summer.

when you dig this stuff be aware of the spreading is not sufficient to dig up the plant as you see it.   dig over the area as much as possible and aim to pull every strand of root you see.  Then spray in spring 

Yew tree planting

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:46

Hiya Cornerhouse4

sorry Fleurisa but you are incorrect.

Yews will do very well in all sorts of soil.  Mushroom compost is ideal mixed with your soil.  Mushroom compost is excelllent soil conditioner.  Low in nutrients but don't let that concern you.  This feeds the SOIL creating a good product to grow your yews in.  As long as your soil doesnt get waterlogged your yews will thrive.

i grow several yews and mushroom compost has often been used within the planting mix and as a mulch 

Green manure vs. planting bulbs

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:39

Hello Hanna and welcome 

green manure is not suitable for that area.  Green manure has to be dug in meaning possible diseuption to tree roots etc.

use manure as a mulch....get your bulbs planted first though, asap., then apply your mulch 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:13

No prob Lisa.  It is better planted out. it will be just fine.  Now is good 

True geraniums

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:47

Yes, Lisa, better in the ground if you can but hardy plant 

Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 12:46 the concept of your OH cooking "waaaaaaaaay" too much food.  I am veey skilled ar consuming quantities of food   Wonder why I'm not fat ! 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:46

People are being so naive......charging for plastic bags does not mean they will be disposed of responsibly.  

I recycle, do not drop litter and use plastic bags.....for putting kitchen rubbish in before adding to the bin.  Those plastic bags choking wildlife etc ....along with fish nets used indiscriminately.......will still be thrown out.  Better to concentrate on fining people who act this way. 

Just as the experts told us to buy diesels a while back we naively swallow the hype.  The experts have told us how the winter will unfold, again.  Had to smile about that.  This info pushed news about serious issues into the background.  

Currently the Council are proposing to look into our bins.....with cash prizes for best recyclers.  Looking further into our bins ! 

Right, off to the recycling centre......

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:29

Non invasive paper pauper?  Hmmm!  Down here it is quite an aggressive plant 

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