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Creating a rock garden

April 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Creating a rock garden The main points for creating a good looking rock garden. Firstly use the large rocks you can safely hand. The larger the rocks the better the effect. Rocks should be placed on the same axis and so the levels of strata in the rocks all run in the same direction so […]

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Top 10 decking tips

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

1. Ideally decking boards should always be laid in single runs i.e no joints in the middle of the decking area as this can and often will cause problems later in the life of the decking. The wood often twists at the end of each plank causing trip points. 2. Build you decking on Brick […]

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How to prune Hydrangeas

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Pruning Hydrangeas – most species do not require regular pruning other than the removal of last seasons flower heads. Resist the temptation to do this until after the risk of Spring frosts has passed. Remove any dead, damaged or weak wood as found. The exceptions are; Hydrangea arborescens and H. paniculata, cut back last seasons […]

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Designing a garden for dogs

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Designing a garden with dogs mind can be a bit of a conflict However we have designed several gardens for this purpose using large rocks and cobbles, plus plants such as Phormium tenax and Phormium cookianum, planting them at an established size. The hardest element has always been a lawn so often we have ended […]

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Pyracantha best time to prune

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

The best way to prune your pyracantha is to prune it lightly after flowering and again tidy it up in the autumn. Pyracantha blooms on the previous year’s growth. The flowers are pretty but the berries really steal the show. The more flowers that you have the greater the number of berries so really it […]

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Getting your orchids to flower

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Getting your orchid to flower , orchids generally live on tree bark so do not like to be in too big a pot. If in a big pot they might just produce leaves as they are ‘too’ happy. On the whole they like bright light but not direct sun light and want approximately 10 to […]

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worm casts on lawn

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Earthworm activity is the sign of a fertile soil and they are normally most active during the spring and Autumn. Ways of reducing their activity is to make sure that you always pick up all the mowings and do not leave them lying on the soil. Leaving them lying on the soil builds up the […]

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Growing Buddleia asiatica In a Hot climate

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Buddleia asiatica are normally ok with a range of temperatures and able to survive both cold and extreme heat. With high temperatures you will find that the plants spring or fresh growth will wilt during the day and become more turged in the night and early morning. In extreme cases of hot temperatures the plant […]

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Growing Camellias

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Camellias need to be in a position in your garden that does not receive the sun before mid morning. The reason for this that the flower buds can drop if they thaw to quickly in the early spring frosts. Placing them in a position that allows them to be heated up by air temperature before […]

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Slippy steps and flag stones in wet weather

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

After a time natural stone steps and paving such as flag stones tend to build up a layer of algae and litchens which become slippy in wet conditions. These are in effect small micro plants feeding on the build up of humids and nutrients on the natural stone over a period of time. The best […]

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Creating a seed bed for a new lawn from seed

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Once the area have been dug over or rotovated and the requires sand or organic matter etc added start raking it with a rake in different directs treading with your feet on the larger lumps as you go. Do not be to worried about the levels at this stage, next rake it so you have […]

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Building a retaining wall – GardenAdvice tips

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Building a retaining wall – the key to building a retaining wall is to retain the soil but not the water. Over 80 percent of the retaining walls that fail through cracking or simple collapse do so because the force and weight of the water in the soil behind the wall pushes against the wall. […]

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Aubergine plants

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Question I have some small aubergine plants I grew from seed. Do I stake them like tomatoes? Do I pinch out the tips to get them to grow bushy? . Answer Your Aubergine plants will need to be pinched out to help them bush out, this will help produce more fruit. The plants are also […]

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creating a raised bed for growing vegetables

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Creating a raised bed for growing vegetables. When creating a raised bed for growing vegetables the key is to establish a eco climate within the soil that is placed in the raised bed. Soil is a living organ sum and needs to be nourished and maintained. Simply adding soil to a raised bed without consideration […]

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Plants for a shady area

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Plants for a shady area there are alot of lovely plants that enjoy growing in the shade. What you have to bear in mind however, is that many naturally grow under deciduous trees so take advantage of when there is no leaf cover to flower so many of them are spring flowering. These would be […]

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Ivy problem on trees

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

The ivy on your trees should be pruned every spring and autumn to keep is under control and to stop it from smothering the trees and killing them. Normally we would recommend removing the ivy altogether by cutting the stems at the base of the tree and then after 4 months once the ivy is […]

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Trees that do well on a clay soil

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Trees that will do well on clay, for instance Holly (slow growing), Cotoneaster Cornubia or Eucalyptus gunnii (to be pruned back) if you are looking for an evergreen or hornbeam or birch for something deciduous. Be careful of planting tree to near a house if you are on clay soil as they can damage the […]

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Glasshouse base

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Question I am building a new Glasshouse. How can I build the base? Answer A glasshouse base needs to be about 100mm deep. The way we construct them is to level the ground, then using sawn timber, 100mm X 25mm, and pegs, make a box on the ground using the wood to form the edges […]

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Control of ivy on trees and shrubs

March 29th, 2016 · Comments Off on Control of ivy on trees and shrubs

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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Pruning back a Magnolia

March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Question Please could I have some advice on pruning back an over grown magnolia shrub? Answer Cutting back your magnolia tree: it would be best to wait until it has flowered which it should be doing now or very shortly. This will give it a full year to recover. Try to prune it so it’s […]

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