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Damaged bark on red oak

Damaged bark on red oak

My darling 4 year old boy took a hammer to a newly planted somewhat mature tree I believe is a red oak or beech. It is badly damaged should I wrap it with something it was planted last autumn so I hope it survives. Do you think it is currently alive? evelyn1979, fermoy , Co Cork Posted: 25/03/2017

The damage is limited and the tree will survive. Wrap the exposed areas with strips of balck bin bag.



Can I cut back lavender now as its getting too big? Loui, Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny Posted: 21/03/2017

Lavender can be lightly pruned over, more like a trim, in spring. Hard pruning risks the plant dying off.

  Have I left it too late to trim these shrubs

Have I left it too late to trim these shrubs

Can you advise me if I've left it too late to prune / trim back these shrubs. They were planted few years ago & not pruned regularly. They're getting a bit too big now. ShellyAnne, Trim, Co Meath Posted: 13/03/2017

This is early summer ceanothus which can be lighly trimmed after flowering to reduce size, but it can react badly to being pruned hard back into old wood, often dying back.



When should a lilac bush be pruned? 030320171, Tomhaggard, Co Wexford Posted: 03/03/2017

Lilac is best left not pruned as hard pruning can cause flowering to stop. If you must prune, thin out the branches after flowering, some more next year and the year after.


Overgrown Griselinia Hedge

My next door neighbour has a Griselinia hedge on both sides of her back garden. Both are at least 3 feet wide. If it’s cut back by half or even two thirds, will it sprout again, and if so when would be the best time to do it. Mary Catherine, Blackrock, Co Cork Posted: 27/07/2016

Griselinia can be cut back as much as you like in early April.



We planted pyracantha as a hedge 18 months ago and it's doing well. When and how would be best to cut it back as it's growing too tall next to our neighbour's wall? Arwen, Rathdowney, Co Laois Posted: 22/07/2016

 Cut new growth back in July, old growth in late winter.

If it is too big after 18 months, how will it be after 18 years? 


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