I would like to make a start on my garden the problem i have is it gets water logged when its rains i can't afford expensive drainage or hire any machinery hand tools only at the moment, its also very stony but does get the sun all day on nice days what would grow in those conditions or is there anything i can do cheaply to improve these conditions
I am a beginner gardner and was wondering if you could recommend some good garden design books or web sites. I have a large spread out garden and I don't know where to start.
my back garden never seems to dry out.what can i do to get better drainage.
I want to plant a few pot flowers on my balcony. Can you please recommend a few perennial and annual flowers / plants with some colour that are relatively easy to take care of.
My pond has been dug and now ready for a liner... dimensions are 16ft x 11ft and 3 ft deep. Do you have a recommendation butyl vs. pvc. Have installed butyl in a Wicklow pond but is it really that much better than modern pvc 2mm thick?
My wife and I have a shaded part in our garden and would love a japanese style moss garden, but are finding it hard to source seeds here in Ireland. Any ideas as to where we can find enough to cover approx a 5th of an acre? Thanks ,virgingardener
I am very keen to create a japanese garden in my back garden. Can you recommend some experienced japanese garden designers in the Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary area?
Hi Gerry, We moved into our new home over two years ago now, and we noticed a problem with our back garden immediately. We noticed that there is no soakage of water at all. All the water sits on the top of the grass and there is a slant coming right down to the back door. So all the water lodges at the top of the garden right at the back door. We were thinking of taking out the first quarter of the garden and filling it with gravel, would this be the right move? We want to be able to let our dogs run around it as well without being up to there neck in mud. How would you prepare the ground for such a job?
HI Gerry, just bought a new house in Kilcoole. Back garden is northfacing and I have built a shed & open roofed area across back wall. garden is small but slopes towards house. What would be the best design & plants for this garden? I do have 2 stella cherry trees, 1 Hazelnut tree, hydranga x 2 and a number of others, what would be the best locations for these?
I have removed ivy on 3 walls of south facing garden& would like your advice on covering walls with evergreen low maintenance shrubs in a space that is now gravelled and with small patio near house,The back wall facing north is overhung by large plane tree and leylandii. Garden is facing south but gets sun only on patio due to these trees .
My small pond 5ft. by 2.5ft.and 18" deep has become muddy and slimey. The slime adheres to the plants (oxygenater, Lilly and Iris) and also floats in lumps on the surface. There were fish in it up to 5 months ago when the heron got them all. It is generally very muddy and disgusting. I have a filter in it but have switched it off for the moment. Should I empty it and start again or is there any treatment for it. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
Just after digging out my garden for a patio. And it has produced a big mound whicj I have placed at the back of the garden, Id be interested in making a planted mound. Is it possible to rotavate such a mound its about 750mm high and 1500 mm wide. Also The garden area looks bad from walking on it will it come back to life once all work is finished. please look at photos inmy profile I need all the help I can get.
Hi Gerry, I have a square garden. We had it re-lawned last year so the grass is not that established. I want to incorporate some life into but am not a natural green fingers so am looking for maximum effect, minimum effort. Ideally low maintenance colourful shrubs with a bit of a wild look to them; I'm mad about the wild look. On sunny days the garden gets the sun for the entire day. I do not know what the soil type is.Any suggestions on what to grow would be appreciated as I haven't the first clue what to do! Thanks a million,Carol
Hi Gerry, we have a holiday home with small stones all around it. This is looking really bad with weeds. We have tried various weed killers, but with only very limited and short lived affect. Is there something we can use to kill all the variety of weeds and then seal the ground?Thanks