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Wildlife pond without liner

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:25

I forgot to say the stuff they put around it was Bentonite.

Wildlife pond without liner

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:22

Had professional to do mone and they used a very heavy compactor however there is a weeping willow near by and this soon romped through the clay to get to the water and caused it to leak so I had to call professionals back in and they had to dig a 3 foot ditch ll around it and put in some special clay granules that went like concrete as soon as they were watered. So it is possible but costly. I addition I get more wildlife in ny straight sided concrete lined pond that I do in my clay one. 

I.D Tree please !

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:11

A willow should not be within 100m of any building. I have a weeping willow when I moved in. Its about 100m from the house so I thought that I was ok until it invaded the drainage pipe from the pond which is about 75m away from it. It was impossible to rod the pipe out and I had to dig the whole pipe up and put a solid plastic one with no joins in it as the willow was quite happy to invade the pervious pipe originally used. So if this is a willow which it does look like be warned that unless it is a good 100m away from anything involving water, remove it.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 15:58

Colder than it has been but not too cold to garden here in the southwest of England and still some lovely sunshine and better this afternoon as there is less wind, so about to head out again, having just got back from getting last of my veg seeds I wanted from my local gardening shop as i like to support them as well as the online and mail order companies and garden centers.

Weed or plant

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 15:53

No plant is necessarily a weed, just a plant in the wrong place,as bluebells, muscari and foxgloves can all be called weeds by some people though I think this  could be colts foot which spreads by seed and underground  runners and is difficult to remove. I suggest you remove some to see how easy its is. If it flowers it will look like a yellow daisy and set seed easily, so don't let it if you decide to keep it 

Please recommend a flowering plant

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 15:35

In my garden where there are bluebells I have added snowdrops as they are well before the bluebells, narcissus and hyacinths as these are again before them, large evergreen ferns to provide interest all year around, native foxgloves digitalis purpurea to flower just after the bluebells (I grew from seed) and I have just added japanese anemones for late summer. I also have included some shrubs and pieris would work well for you on acidic soil. I have also used large heuchera which seem to be doing ok as well though I do not have any Allium triquetrum and you may need to remove some of this before planting any digitalis or heuchera. Never add plug plants as they will soon be consumed by the plants you have mentioned. You should also be able to grow small azaleas and rhododendrons which will complement the bluebells and come in lots of different colours. Check on their finishing size as some can grow huge whereas other will nit grow bigger than a couple of feet.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:05

Thanks all I will try though there are hundreds of them. I think I will have to tackle one area at a time and just keep pulling any flower heads off the other areas so they cannot seed.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 17:33

I used to have an area of about 50m square with paths through it which were full of ragged robin, cow parsley and buttercup but the last few years it has only come up with docks and lots of them. I sprayed the are off with roundup and once everything had died down replanted it in the spring with astilbe, troilius and iris etc but in amongst them is a huge number of docks and course grass so much so that I can barely see the plants I put in. I assume that I will have to dig everything out if I can find them. Does anyone have any suggestions as I am on heavy clay which is at the moment solid so not a hope of digging them all out and anyway the area is huge.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:22

As my clumps are large and I will be splitting them, I am going to cut back half of each plant and see what happens, that way I will still get the brown ones with frost.

Weed or not!?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:43

Don't just try to dig out the roots as they easily break and you end up with more and the roots can go down a very long way.

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