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Entries from April 2010

Plants for full shade under trees

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Question Any plants that grow under trees in full shade? Answer Ajuga Alchemilla mollis, Arundinaria (Bamboo), Acuba, Berginia, Brunnera Epimedium, Hedrera Colchica, Lamium, Pachysandra, Pulmonaria, Lonicera Pileata, Skimmia Japonica, Vinca, Viburnum Davidii. For More information click here

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Establishing a large water feature or pond

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the main keys in creating a water feature such as a pond or large lake is to achieve a depth and volume of water. This might sound an obvious requirement but its often overlooked. The reason for this is that it will help even out the waters temperature through out the year. You […]

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Ideal plants for Bees

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Ideal Plants for Bees ( most of which can be grown from seed ) Agastache Achillea Buddleia Centaurea Cephalaria Cornflower Dahlia Digitalis Echinops Echium Gaillardia Heliotrope Jasione Perennis Blue Light Lavatera Lavender Liatris Spicata Maridold Zenith Monarda Phacelia tanacetifolia Nepeta Echinacea Sunflower –Traditional types Thymus Serpyllum Verbena Bonariensis Zinnia

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Chamomile Lawn

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Chamaemelum nobile dwarf seed is a strain of a very dwarf compact spreading form of chamomile – not to be confused with the taller growing herbal varieties of chamomile. Having said that it will need a light trim four or five times a year, especially should it start to flower. Once established it thrives in […]

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Hoof and horn fertilizer for garden plants

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Hoof and horn fertilizer is the traditional slow release fertilizer used in gardening since the victorian times. As the name suggests its simply ground up anaimal bones and contains hoof and horns of cattle ect. It can burn the roots of plants especially root hairs so it best used by adding it to the base […]

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Creating Garden Border In An Existing Lawn Area

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

When creating a Shrub Border in an existing lawn, there are a few steps that one would have to follow. Here at GardenAdvice, our experts recommend to gardeners performing this exercise, to take the following steps in order to make this task as simple and straightforward as possible. Firstly mark out the area with a […]

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Frost damaged ceanothus

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments

We have had loads of questions this year about ceanothus being damaged by the frost. Our advice is to wait for a time to see if they re-shoots from the lower branches and then cut back to these green shoots. The shoot might take up until the end of May to start to come through. […]

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Young Grape Vine Care

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments

A grape vine usually takes a couple of years to establish. At this stage it will not produce much fruit it normally takes about 3 to 4 seasons to get going fully. To get started, you need to feed the canes with a high potash feed ideally a liquid feed thats used for feeding Tomato […]

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Choisya ternata winter damage

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Many choisya ternata of seem to have been damaged by frost and snow this year . They have always been classed as a tender plant it just with the mild winter over the last 6 years we have forgotten they are tender plants. Repotting them is the right thing to do and it would be […]

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Moving perennial plants for an area infected by Horse tail weed

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Moving perennial plants infected with horse tail weed. Often an area over run with horse tail can be difficult to control. Its best to start a fresh by removing the plants and treating the area with a weed killer such as round up. In the case of perennial plants they should be dug up and […]

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Moving an established wisteria

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Moving an established wisteria. Its very hard to move them mainly because an established plant has very deep roots and this makes it very hard to move the plant and keep any root hairs in-tacked. These are the roots that take up the water. If you deciede to have a go at moving a wisteria […]

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Plants damaged by frost

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

With this winter being on of the hardest of recent years now at the start of April its a good time to give your plants a helping hand. Many of the softer plants have been damaged such as ceanothus and fatsia japonica together with the slightly more exotic plants such as the bottle brush shrub. […]

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Ceanothus damaged by frost

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

We have noticed and indeed have had loads of questions this year about ceanothus being damaged by the frost and the bad weather. Our advice is to wait for a time to see if they re-shoots from the lower branches and then cut back to these green shoots. The shoot might take up until the […]

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How to prune clematis

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

With regards to your question on how to prune your clematis is a tricky one. If you can remember when your Clematis flowered this will help. As you have probably seen there are three main types of pruning groups: ——————————————— Group 1 These clematis flower early in the year producing flowers on wood that was […]

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