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Garden Diary - What's Going On In Yours?

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 2:32PM
We made the mistake of planting dwarf bamboo in our garden a few years ago and had the same problem - getting in early each year and yanking out new shoot was the only real way of doing it, occasionally taking the time to follow large roots and get them out whole, rather like a mega version of twitch grass. If your neighbour refuses to take the time to get rid of the original you will never get rid of it. The best solution may be as Jack says in creating a physical barrier: get some of that think plastic lawn edging (the stuff about 8 or 10" deep), push a spade deep into the soil land slide the a double thickness of plastic down next to the spade, then move along and repeat until you have a barrier in there. We did this to coral our bamboo, offsetting the two layers of plastic to create a barrier about 10-12" deep. This may not be very easy if you have woody shrubs on the border, though because you may have to go through their roots as well.

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brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2013 2:41PM
Thanks Mike, the problem is that, as you say, we have shrubs on our side, I've already had to take out a lovely little conifer which it had infiltrated, a bummer because it was a specimen we brought down from Chester when we moved 16 years ago and was a wonderful shape & colour, still - that's gardening

(we have a clump of the Aurea growing "corraled" in a large tub in our back garden and that hasn't moved an inch from the "Reservation" in the past 15+ years its been there)
Ewanneil 8 1.1k 2 Scotland
19 Mar 2013 7:05AM
There won't be much going on in my garden today. This is the view from my kitchen window just before 07h00. Oh, I want to live somewhere warm. I'm really getting fed up with all this white stuff.


KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
19 Mar 2013 7:21AM
Bbbrrr!! Yes, I'm fed up with winter now!
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
19 Mar 2013 12:03PM
We're lucky, only getting the odd flake thats not settling. But is bloody freezing cold with an icy easterly wind.Too cold to go out & do anything.
Just think, this time last year we were sunbathing!!!!!
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 12:18PM
Surrey is the place to be, not even a frost this morning and pear tree and blueberry 'just' breaking into first leaves. Blue tits filling up a nest box I put up 4 days ago. Almost tropical Wink - Well 2 degrees at night and 6 in the day.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
23 Mar 2013 3:47PM
Is it really 23rd March, just a few days before Easter ?

Stopped snowing about an hour ago, but it was that wet snow which just thaws and turns to slush very quickly, so no snapshots or building a snowwoman toady Sad
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 3:54PM
Even my Rhubarb has had enough and is starting to give up the ghost - we need some long warm spells with a bit of drought please! (Like this time last March Wink )
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
23 Mar 2013 6:17PM
Looks like the Amelanchier flowers will soon be shaking loose

It's supposed to go cold again next week, though - a very confused 'spring'...
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 6:59PM
its a glorious tree isn't it, we had one when we lived in Chester and it was always a joy when the first blooms came out followed by those delicate bronze leaves
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
23 Mar 2013 7:59PM
yes, they are superb. Ours came from the local garden centre which treats them as multi-branch shrubs rather than trees, but it's doing fine now.
Chester - ah. I'm from Liverpool originally and really loved Chester - the arcades, zoo....
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
23 Mar 2013 9:31PM
I'm desperately waiting for spring to finally arrive and see some wild hedgehogs in the garden again. This will then give me the green light to release the juveniles I rescued through the winter months as the little beggars are currently eating me out of house and home. The general advice is to release the juveniles once night temperatures have stabilised at about 7-8 degrees for a week or more, the temperature here at the moment is -1 degree! The hogs we have in captivity at the moment are fit and raring to go, but there's just not enough natural food out there for them to survive.........Anybody else fed up with this winter we've had?
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
24 Mar 2013 7:58AM
Yes, really fed up with it now! Still no end in sight! At least we've avoided all the snow this time!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
24 Mar 2013 11:29AM
A very rare, but beautifully welcome, visit from a long tailed tit this morning. I only saw the one, although they usually dash around in little groups. They're so pretty. I can only assume the weather has driven them onto my feeders because they're having trouble getting food elsewhere.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
24 Mar 2013 11:42AM
Along we the sparrows and starlings we get LTT's come in quite regularly Smile they've seemed to have paired up now for mating, so rather than come in the garden en masse, they're now visiting in pairs. What we have had this year strangely is a single Pied Wagtail who has a real penchant for dried mealworms, I'd have thought he'd been off to more warmer climes by now, but was I was watching him just few minutes ago. You might get lucky and see him on our webcam, keep an eye on the ground behind the feeders, a blatant plug I know but the place to visit as always is http://osman123.camstreams.com

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