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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Website problems?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:07

My " followed threads" have disappeared. Has anyone else suffered this and what is the solution?

What tree to plant?i

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:58

Sorbus Wilmornii "Kilmarnock" is a dwarf weeping tree, very well behaved and ornamental.

Evergreen Hedge

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:18

I think that your criteria are probably unrealistic. You can't expect plants to grow to your ideal shape and size and then's just not the way nature works. Why or how could a hedge grow to the ideal and then stop, and remain healthy? A hedge has to be managed by you to whatever size you want as it strives to keep growing. I would be amazed if anyone can come up with a suitable solution, ....but here's hoping for you.

Get rid of Land Cress

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 23:19

Do you mean hairy bittercress? 

Strimmer or mower?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:28

Petrol Hover is best for you. You have control without encumbrance of cord.

Identification please

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:26

Looks great if grown around base of trees, just think how lovely the contrast would be with Silver Birch. I have done this and they always reappear each year.

Any help on this please

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:19

Alien invader from planet Zog...don't go near.....


Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:51

Yew is good and is easy to clip to required shape as it grows, and if it gets out of hand for any reason you can recover things easily. Conifers are not good generally as they sometimes don't respond well to clipping.  Some are OK, others are not so I would avoid. I would also avoid escallonia unless you live in a mild part of the country, such as near the sea as frost will damage them. Ceanothus are lovely but I believe they are susceptible to something nasty (not sure what) and die, which is what mine did!! Pyracantha are the best for security but can be viscious when you come to prune/clip them. I have some and they rip me and my clothes to shreds when I go near them. You could darn socks with the thorns. Laural is another good hedger, although they look best if you take the trouble to prune them branch by branch rather than shear them or clip. The latter cuts some leaves in half and then the cuts turn brown and don't look so nice. If looks are not so important then shear away...

Also when you choose your plants they say that you don't need big ones as the smaller ones always seem to catch up. Also when you position them allow sufficient room for them to grow sideways towards your boundary PLUS enough room to get behind to trim, shear etc. This is about 2 or 3 ft. It doesn't sound as if your neighbourhead relationships are good enough to do this from their garden!!

Finally if you can afford it get yourself a cordless hedge trimmer ( unless you plant Laural) since this will make the job easier and you will be more inclined to keep at it. Finally, finally think about the height you want since it can be difficult and potentially unsafe  to clip once you get over 5ft.

Have a look around where you live to see what does well in your locality. Best of luck....



Posted: 20/04/2013 at 10:19

Many, many years ago I was told that French gardeners keep their lawns green by raising the cutting height on the mower and cutting the grass long, so to speak. i have cut mine relatively long ever since. Is this true in your experience, Busy-Lizzie?

Agapanthus advice

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:43

Yes,remove dead leaves, generally tidy up. Pot up in new compost will look good. Feed with tom food , half strength when you water. Compost in pot could have a little added grit for drainage.

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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