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pond problem

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 00:21

I think it's just algae.  I think it will disappear when the pond is more in balance.

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 00:10

Spirit level?

Please help ID these trees.

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 23:58

Looks like an ash tree.

please help weed taking over my garden

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:46
Charlie November wrote (see)

I hate to suggest chemical warfare, but that's a broad-leafed weed in a lawn, and you can get things that kill doctyledonous plants like that without harming monocotyledonous grasses.

The reason I hate to suggest it is that some of them are so persistent that you can use them to clear weeds out of a pasture, let horses graze in that pasture, heap the horsemuck in a corner, let it rot for a year, spread it around the roses and kill the roses because the weedkiller's still active after all that.

The alternative is extreme trial of patience and your knees: paint it with glyphosate everywhere it comes up. It's probably linked underground (easy to check by pulling one out and seeing whether a fat white rhizome comes with it) and if it is you won't have to hit every surface piece, just enough of them in each "grid square" of the lawn.

If you really want to do it all physically, I suppose you could cut two rows of turfs, then do a row at a time, cutting row 3, laying it on top of row 5, putting row 2 upside-down where row 1 was, cutting row 4, laying it on top of row 6, putting row 3 upside-down where row 2 was and so on. No guarantee of it killing things, but if you then turfed over that you'd be giving the new lawn a major headstart. Put some broad-leaf-only weedkiller between turned turfs and new turf and you've probably got it. Just be really careful not to get it on anything else.

Charlie November, these paragraphs would give me a headache, let alone if I was an inexperienced gardener!!

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:08

Do you have a ready supply of plastic drinks bottles?  You can make mini-cloches.

Remember at this time of year you will only get frosts on windless nights so you can cover them very gently with single sheets of newspaper, which you remove in the morning.

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:47

Do not dilute glyphosate incorrectly.  If too weak it will not work.  If too strong it is a waste of your money and your time doing the spraying.  The manufacturer has worked out the optimum strength.  Ignoring the directions is just plain silly.

wild rhubarb

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 01:34

Rhubarb does not come in a 'wild' variety.  It is either something else and should be avoided or has grown from a thrown-out crown, maybe in an abandoned garden.

Blossom trees for large pots to create a screen

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 16:52

If the tree is fast-growing it may not stop at 12 - 15 ft and it will look most unbalanced in a pot at that height.

metal plant supports

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 16:46

They are probably made of a rust-proof material so just put them in groups of, say six, and push their points in the soil or hang them on a nail in the shed.

Can't say I've ever found them a problem.

Advice on replanting young unknown tree

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 16:34

Your first step is to remove it from 'a large tub of water' or you will kill it!

I doubt it will need pruning until it is much bigger as it looks like a tree.  Prunus perhaps.  Do your best to find out what it is this year, then you can treat it correctly.

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