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Entries from January 2009

Control of ivy on trees and shrubs

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Question Do I need to control the ivy climbing in my trees with it cause any damage. Answer Ivy will damage most trees and shrubs. Late winter with the leaves of deciduous trees and plants having fallen means its easy to spot and ivy that climbing the plants stems. Ivy although it can look very […]

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Pampas grass pruning

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Question How can I prune my large overgrown Pampas grass. Answer During February any over sized pampas grasses should be cut back. Great care needs to to taken because the leaf edges can be very sharp and easliy cut your hands and arms. We have found the best method is to use an electric or […]

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Brambles invading other plants

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Question I have a number of brambles creeping through my conifers how can I control them. Answer Brambles by there very nature will often invade other plants and creep and crawl through the plant making them very difficult to remove. If cut back they simply sent out more stems increasing the problem. One solution we […]

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Pruning soft fruit

January 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Question Please could you tell me when to prune soft fruits. Answer First cut out any dead, dieased and damaged wood. Rasberries summer fruiting varieties should be pruned after fruiting retaining 6-8 young unfruited canes. Autum fruiting varieties should be pruned to the ground in February then tie the new canes to the wires as […]

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Ground cover planting under a shady tree

January 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Question Can you suggest some plants to provide Ground cover under shady tree. Answer With regards to your question on ground cover under a shady tree. What is the tree – is it deciduous or evergreen? The problem with sites under trees is that they can be very dry. If you improve the soil with […]

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plants for your rockery

January 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Question Please could you suggest some plants for a rockery. Answer With regards to your question on plants for your rockery here are some of my favourites. Small, slow growing Arabis, Campanula, Dianthus, Erodium, Geranium, Erinus alpinus, Thymus drucei ‘Coccineus, Reds flowering low growing plants are Fuchsia Tom Thumb, Aubrietia ‘Bressingham Red’ Saxifraga ‘Triumph’ is […]

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Moving a Cordyline

January 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Question With regards to your question on Moving a Cordyline. Answer Moving your Cordyline in an ideal world before moving a big plant the autumn before you should dig a trench around the plant and back fill with good compost and then in the following summer you dig up the plant, taking as large as […]

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