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Transplanting established hedges using machinery

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 00:46

Well the Highways Agency did just that all through Pembrokeshire when they put the gas pipeline through.  Dig and plonk.  As good a method as any.  The plants will barely know they've been out of the ground!

laurel hedging

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:08

Sort out the drainage or soil-conditioning before you finally plant them.  Nothing like to stand in water-logged soil.

Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:04

Had a thought.  The red-leaved apple tree might be a crab apple.  Or it might be that  Prunus they plant on the roads of housing estates.

Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 01:48

Ornamental cherry may be in flower now, but not one that will produce fruit.

That red-leaved tree does not look like a fruiting apple, but I may be wrong.  2012 was a bumper year for apples, lots of trees had a rest last year, but lots were magnificent.  On the other hand if it is an apple tree it may have gone biennial.

The pear tree is far too far away to tell anything.  Ours produced very few in 2013.

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:38

Make sure you remove the windows from envelopes or they drive you mad when you use the compost as you have to remove the strips as they don't rot.

Buy yourself a robust paper shredder.  The cheap ones from supermarkets last very little time if you use them a lot.  I don't shred shiny paper - that goes for recycling.  Sheets or large pieces of cardboard - without the sticky tape - can go straight in the heap, no need to shred it.

Also don't put avocado stones or peach stones in the compost heap; they never rot down.

How can I get frogs to use my pond?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:26

Singing gardener, I know you won't like my advice, but it is not a good idea to move spawn from somewhere else to your pond.  You may be transporting disease.

There are frogs and toads everywhere, sorry, but they don't like your pond!

climbing hydranga evergreen

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:19

I think they can take more than two years to get going; but when they get in their stride they grow really well.  They like a north-facing aspect.

Witch Hazel

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:00

The trouble is most of the winter/early Spring plants are raised for sale in poly-tunnels, or under other shelter.  Sometimes they take a year or so to get over the shock of being in the big wide world and having been forced for sale it may flower a bit later, as flowering rose suggests.

Badly behaved cut flowers

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 23:55

It smells OK in the garden, it's when you bring it in the house it smells of cat pee!!

Wavy Hedge

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:36

When you trim it make sure you use a line and several posts, pulled taut.  It looks as though it has been trimmed to a line which was only fixed at the two ends.

It will then grow to fill the middle bit where it has been over-trimmed.

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