Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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  • Or bamboo? Ferns?

  • The people who owned this place before me thought that a dozen leylandii (I think half are something else but similarly massive growing) would be a great idea for a small garden. I think it's a less great idea so will be getting rid of them.

    What's the best way of doing this? They're around 5'-8' at the moment, how big will the roots be? Do people take these? I'd be happy to give them away but would I be able to get them out without killing them? Otherwise I guess it's a few trips to the tip.

    (Bonus points if anyone knows why my windowsill appears to have rust coming through the render.)

  • ^

    love the swirly lawn 👌

  • I think people do it because they buy a place with a small garden and then wonder why they are overlooked.

    Anyroad up, no I doubt anyone will want them but dig them out sooner rather than later. root should still be manageable at the moment

  • If you can’t get the root out I think copper nails hammered in do the job of making sure they don’t come back once cut down?

  • Conifers don't re-grow from stumps so no need to bother with copper nails. The nails won't do much anyway other than possibly blunt the saw of some future wood hacker who is unaware of their presence.

  • Those will dig out very easily, the root balls won't be more than 18" in any direction. If you cut off larger conifers at ground level they don't come back, but they don't rot away for absolutely ages.

    The rust is almost certainly a steel lintel that was rusty when installed and rendered over.

    Edit: as @ChasnotRobert said, beat me to it.

  • As @ColinTheBald said, the roots don't go much further than the tree itself. Confirmed by the tree surgeon who took 5 big fuckers down from my last place. And, there was no sign of anything regrowing from the stumps after 4 years.

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  • What to do with potted strawberry plants over the winter? Have read about a million different opinions - so lived experience valued!

  • Cheers.

    Height is a good question.

    The plants currently there are about 6'-7' but will do more if allowed. I guess I was thinking about something low to 4' on the basis that I could layer them in front.

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  • I'm in this exact same situation. Almost to the word. I already have the french drain along the shed, but the amount of water in the ground is ridiculous. When it rains I can see the water pissing out of the clay.

  • The bamboo I had saved as being non invasive and recommended was Fargesia robusta 'Campbell'
    (Campbell's form).

    But it sounds like it doesn't like it too wet.

    Anyone know of another non-invasive evergreen bamboo that likes being water logged over winter?

  • Cheers all, hopefully shouldn't be too bad a job getting them out then other than a few trips to the tip. Maybe I should try flogging them as shit christmas trees.

    I'll be planning to replace the ones at the back with bamboo to try and cover up that tin fence. I assume it would be sensible to put a liner in at the same time to stop them spreading. I'm guessing I'm also going to need a fair bit of soil to fill the gaps too.

  • Yeah it's a pain. It was a bit shit before we had kids, but now we spend so much more time on the lawn in winter.

    I'm OK with it turning into a bit of a mud bath as ultimately with kids you can't be too precious about lawns. But if I could manage the water a bit, it would be good.

    Luckily the previous owners were avid lawners. So even though I've done nothing but mow it badly, it's still looks good* most of the year.

    *except when it's waterlogged and I make a mud slide in the lowest section

  • I would suggest you need a water butt, beyond the shed,
    with leaky pipes leading away from it going all around the beds
    all the way up to the acute corner and back down the left hand side.

    You will then avoid having a ditch across your lawn,
    and the shed roof will be watering 30/40 yards of edge bed.

  • The other thing you can do to help with water logging, if you're going to be planting anyway, is dig the soil thoroughly to break up the clay, remove any big chunks, then incorporate lots of grit and organic matter.

    Also mulch heavily with organic matter at least once a year and the worms will help incorporate it for you, breaking up the clay as they do so.

    I'm fairly sure I'm correct in saying it's not technically the water that kills plants when they are waterlogged, it's the lack of oxygen at the roots. So anything you can do to increase aeration will help.

  • We just leave them outside. They don't seem to care that much.

  • so im the worst gardener in the world, but i got some lawn patch repair stuff and went out a week ago and repaired all the dog pee pee patches.

    apparently i should see results all ready

    all i see is exactly the same as when i put it down, light brown fertiliser type stuff, no shoots or any grass....

  • Hmmm what was your process?

  • i dug out the patches in the grass a little.
    opened the box
    filled the patches.


    there has been sun
    there has been rain
    there is no shoots
    has it all been in vain

  • Only other thing I might suggest is cutting the lawn quite short, scraping the bald patch with a screwdriver / scarifying it.

    Personally I’d Chuck a load of grass seed down, cover with fertiliser/top soil and make sure the bird don’t eat it all.

  • Other than being cold the weather should still be ok for this

  • Can confirm that B&M have a good range of well priced bulbs - obviously not the variety from Farmer Gracey but they are cheap. Picked up a few hundred, then realised I won’t be at home for most of spring!!

  • Worth saying that there is a slope from right, down to the left.

    Locating a water butt is tricky. The easiest spot would be in our little sun deck thing, but I don't want it there for aesthetics.

    Putting it to the right of the shed door was my original plan, but the ground is very uneven and the plinth doesn't extend enough. So I'd have to work out how to build something. It also throws up the issue of the view from our dinning room.

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Does anyone know anything about gardening?

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