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23 August 2015 14:45:59

I have 4 oak trees planted along one side of the back garden. I really like how they look right now. Bus as they are oak thry will at some point completely dominate  that part of the garden. I would also like to plant a border along  where they are.

So should I take them out now or create the border around them?

TerriShoos TerriShoos 24 August 2015 09:06:36

They won't start being really dominant for another 20 or 30 years, it would be a shame to take them out as oaks are so good for wildlife. But it wouldn't be possible to have a good border around them, as they'll shade it out and dry out the soil. I'd put the border out from the gravel and the existing planted area, and leave the oaks be, myself. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 August 2015 12:14:02

I agree with Terri. I have 3 oaks in my garden planted 6 years ago and they are similar in size to yours - No problem at the moment with planting under them - I have bulbs, helebores, Geraniums, Crocosmia and a lovely Persicaria Elata all doing well. I reckon I may need to raise the canopy in a few years if the shading is too much. As to their overall height - I'm told it will take about another 50 years before i need to worry - so that won't be my problem :-) 

CiaranJK CiaranJK 26 August 2015 00:10:46



14 February 2015 21:16:40

In the garden two Saturdays in a row. Must be nearly spring.


PeterW PeterW 14 February 2015 21:23:04

Yup it's great longer days and milder weather

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 February 2015 21:31:33

These day I have to bring the clock out with me so I know it is time to go in and start the dinner.

Scrubber Scrubber 14 February 2015 22:30:46

Ciaran ,it is! i was out this afternoon and the birds were singing and there was a definite buzz in the air though not of bees, sorry about the size of the print I dont know why!

fran m fran m 15 February 2015 07:06:35

I second that.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 February 2015 07:54:05

Yup, Boing! Boing! Boing! Spring has definitely sprung!!!  Bring it on!!!  :)

Jackie Jackie 15 February 2015 08:24:42

Even the mornings are brighter :) 

andyf7 andyf7 15 February 2015 10:56:19

great to have the weather to do that, and to be off work. 

CiaranJK CiaranJK 21 February 2015 19:39:07

Hah. Kickback from winter this weekend.

Moved Conifer

15 November 2014 21:14:25

Got to move the conifer to its new location. Fingers and toes crossed now that it will take hold. Amazing how dry the soil was where I took it from despite everywhere else being sodden.


Myrtle Myrtle 15 November 2014 21:57:03

Good time to do it. So all the best

fran m fran m 15 November 2014 22:05:46

Good luck with that.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 15 November 2014 22:34:29

Lovely shaped tree, hope it does well for you. Great distant view.

JoanG JoanG 15 November 2014 23:03:50

Looks like a big job, hope all goes well.

andyf7 andyf7 16 November 2014 19:00:59

best of luck with that, i hope it takes off for you. 

PeterW PeterW 16 November 2014 19:08:00

Well done on moving that, looks like it is in a lovely spot too

CiaranJK CiaranJK 23 August 2015 14:48:03

Sadly didnt make it. Got blown over twice. Lessons learned.

Glorious Day

12 October 2014 11:42:28

Glorious day here in sunny Roscommon nowthe fog has lifted.

Ihave a conifer about 7 ft tall that I put in the wrong place. Will I be able to relocate it?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 October 2014 13:40:28

Two years ago I got a couple of conifers that tall from a garden centre who grow their own - they dug up the whole root-ball and I replanted them immediately. One of the pair took very well  but the other is still struggling especially over this summer. I had to give it a couple of gallons of water every day whil the weather was dry! If you decide to move it you will need to be very diligent with watering for at least a year - and it still may not survive. 

andyf7 andyf7 12 October 2014 20:57:28

if you could lift it with as much soil as possible and as Hazel said never let it dry out. you will have to move it anyway as its in the wrong place, So go for it. 

Gardening TV

12 October 2014 07:59:52

Thanks for the encouraging welcome back comments. Its been another weekend of tidying and trying to wrestle back some degree of control over things in the garden that I had left go. I have enough of these projects to keep me going all winter. The problem I usually run into is that the ground gets too wet a the soil becomes sticky so its hard to get anything done.

Early Sunday morning is my time for my gardening tv fix. No one else out of bed yet I can watch my recordings of Gardeners World and Beechgrove Garden. I especialy like the gentle scottish humour in Beechgrove. Always great ideas in both shows for gardening innocents like me. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 October 2014 13:34:19

I suffer from that heavy stick soil too, Ciaran but I have noticed that some areas are getting easier to work due I think to the roots of my plants breaking up the soil a bit and by adding as much compost as I can make - as the soil gets less clayey it becomes easier to work. Keep up the good work! 


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