Welshonion


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Talkback: Top lawn care tips

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:16

Unless they are new lawns, they don't need watering morning or evening.  As soon as the rain comes the lawn will quickly recover and not having to mow in this hot weather is a bonus, surely?

neighbours fence

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 13:36

Hydranga Petiolaris is lovely once it gets going, but it can be a bit slow.  It enjoys a north-facing aspect, but ours is not evergreen, is that unusual?

Gardenfanatic, perhaps I'm odd, but I wouldn't let an ivy plant get that out of control, especially if it wasn't mine.  And those ash trees seem to be too near the fence in the background.

any suggestions for tall trees

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:58

Beech will keep its leaves when at hedge height.  Beech trees lose all their leaves in winter.

Yew and holly are nice, but holly is slow growing.

Hogweed in my meadow

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:25

Cover anything you don't want to harm with a flower-pot or bucket and use an agricultural formulation of Roundup.

It is a weed that will multiply if you cut the root.  You may have compounded your problem.

How to restrict the spread of a climber?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:22

The only way to restrict it is to remove it completely.

Case of wrong plant in that situation.  Your neighbour has a perfect right to object if it strays onto his wall.  You say it is trespassing - it is.

Buddleja hanging its heads - is this normal?

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:16

It very likely is thirsty.  Remember its roots will not have gone far into the soil yet as it was planted in June.

Under the holly tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:13

The holly tree will suck most of the moisture out of the soil.  It may be too dry for anything precious.

Rowan Tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 15:10

They are very astringent, I'm surprised any child would eat enough to make them ill.

Parents really should take responsibility for teaching children not to eat anything in the garden without permission or adult supervision.

I really don't think a pot is the right place for a rowan.  Why don't you ask the council if you can plant it in a park?

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:19

If the dogwood has well-coloured stems in the winter, cut back in spring, otherwise you lose the whole point of growing them!  Cut the old stems to the ground.

Forcythia: cut out one third of the oldest branches every year after flowering.

Camellia don't usually need much pruning if they are in the right place.

This in answer to the original post, now 8 months old.

Help! Help!

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 09:15

As specific crab apples are grafted, it would be no good to plant a seedling or seeds of John Downie.  You would get a very inferior plant, probably the result of cross-pollination.  Have you tried looking on the Orange Pippen site for growers in the USA?

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