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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.

tomatoes with blind trusses

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:41

Probably yes as tomatoes don't like extremes at either end of the temperature scale.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:32

Thanks for all your comments. I was just wondering as Monty said deadhead Buddleia for more flowers on Gardeners World on Friday which I have never done before so went straight out Saturday and deadheaded mine. Then wandered around the garden to see what else I could cut back that I never had before that would re-flower, and noticed the Astible and Ligularia Przewalskii, and though I normally leave both for winter interest as I love the frost on them wondered if I could get a second lot of flowers first.

Identifying a plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:18

It might also be sedge.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:11

The privet hedge that I have, had to have one part taken out as I wanted the down pipe from the house fed into the well as it has a pump in this well to top up my pond. The privet hedge that was taken out was put in the pond to make sure it had enough water whilst trench was dug from down pipe to well and then it was replanted. The back of it was brown and did not change due  to the cherry tree behind it casting full shade. Despite pruning it is only just beginning to recover after two years.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:54

It could be that it is too shady as the other side of the hedge looks ok. Root restriction due to the closeness of the path may also be a problem or it could be that the hedge as a disease though I suspect not as it is ok on the front. Cutting it back may help and you could try feeding it but if it is caused by problems mentioned at the start of my reply are the case, pruning and feeding will not help.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:37

In addition you might want to take cuttings to propagate them as well, just in case. See the section 'How to take rose cuttings' on this Gardeners World web site.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:18

I normally do not cut any of these back as they look lovely in the winter but would they re-flower if I did?

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