Filed Under (Birmingham) by admin on 25-08-2013


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I just dug up an old tree stump that was in a yard and now theres a big hole.Can i just throw grass seed in the hole and cover it back up with dirt or is there a certain way of planting grass seed?

Don’t cover the seed. Put the dirt in first, throw the seed on top, and pressing the soil to make good contact.

Grass seed needs light to germinate, and if it’s buried completely, nothing will happen until the soil is disturbed, or washed off enough that light gets to the seeds.

Hi, I’m looking to plant a privet hedge at the front of my mid terrace property and wondered if anyone could recommend a good species please?

There’s not much sun at the front as there’s a big tree blocking light. I’m ideally looking for something that is evergreen and mid-green in colour that reacts well to being trimmed.

Thank you.

Privet is normally grown as a hedge and comes in two varieties – Golden (Ligustrum ovalfolium Aureum) and Green (Ligustrum ovalfolium). It is the green one that you are referring to. It has oval rich green leaves, is fast growing and will make a dense hedge which you can keep trimmed to the height you want. It is normally evergreen but may lose leaves in very cold winters although I have never seen that happen here in the South UK. It is shade tolerant so will be quite happy where you are thinking of growing it. It also reacts well to being trimmed at any time, although you should keep the top narrower than the bottom so the bottom gets some light. It has creamy white flowers inJuly that are attractive to insects.

For hedges 3-10ft plant 12-15" apart or for a denser hedge plant in a staggered double row with 15" between rows and 18" between plants. A very good supplier that I have used over the years for hedging is Buckingham Nurseries at Bare root green privet works out at £1.15 each for 5-49 plants. If you are going for bare roots best to get planted up in the next two months. Keep them well watered during their first year. Don’t go for the other suggestions I think green privet will be ideal.

I was wondering how you make a frog pond,a turtle pond or a fish pond because my family eventulally wants to have ponds in our yard when they get better jobs and a better house and when they can afford it,I live indiana,what are some frog and turtle species native to Indiana that can live in ponds in back yards,I think frogs,fish,and turtles should be separated and not live In the same pond because fish eat tadpoles and small frogs,and big frogs eat fish,And turtles eat frogs and fish,I know in nature they all live together but if I have small yard ponds,they should not all be in the same pond,and I know they all have different needs,and I would rather to have a pond with these animals than have them as pets in a Aquarium or a tank because they carry germs and salmonella,I had these as Pets before. Frog Pond-What Frogs are Native to Indiana?how big and Deep would the frog pond need to be for frogs such as Bullfrogs and toads,how would I need it to be to be for it to be attractive to frogs and toads to make a new family?how would I need it to be for them to be able to hibernate in the winter? How else would I need my yard to be to attract frogs?do I need a garden?do I need bushes? Turtle Pond-can turtles come on their own like frogs can?if I had a pond for turtles,would I have to have a fence around it?how would I need it to be so the turtles can hibernate in the winter?how would I need the pond to be set up? Fish pond-how would I prevent turtles and frogs from getting in here?i already know how this would need to be set up.

You won’t keep the frogs and turtles out of the fish pond.
Can’t be done.

Keeping the pond from freezing solid should be enough for your turtles to hibernate… they don’t really hibernate, so much as get really slow…

I have a frog pond… by the simple expedient of digging a hole for one of those plastic garden pool tubs that you get at the big box store. It’s full of tadpoles.

In Indiana, your soil might be clay enough for you to dig a pool and let the rain fill it… stock with water lilies and wait for the frogs to show up.

In my last garden, I dug out a seep spring and stocked it with gold fish. And pond lilies, pickerel weed, iris, and other water plants.
The frogs and salamanders came on their own.

Filed Under (Gardeners) by admin on 16-11-2013

I don’t have any power tools and would like to start on a birdhouse using a handsaw. I am sure it takes much longer than the power saw and power tools, but I would like to go ahead with the handsaw anyway. Are there simple birdhouse plans I can use or any ideas? I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Bird houses come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. I have made dozens of bird houses and bird feeders over the past 40 years. depending on what type of birds you have in your area will determine what type of house or feeder you build. Small bird houses for wrens are usually the easiest to make. Flat pieces of wood cut to certain lengths have the best results. One of the first projects in the Cub Scout manual is making a birdhouse. Once you have an idea of the size and shape you can begin to cut the boards. I like to use cedar or redwood since they don’t rot in the weather elements. There are hundreds of designs on the web. Good luck and happy birding!

I have been looking for some trees to put in the back of my house. My house is very bare on that side and need some trees to put there. I would like some nice looking trees for not too much money. Please help.

Generally, the younger the tree, the cheaper it is.

Go to any Home Depot/Lowes/Menards and have a look at the trees they keep outside. They generally keep the more expensive trees inside so that they can lock them up at night.

You’ll find lots of trees to choose from.

Filed Under (Landscapes) by admin on 16-11-2013

I am planting a meditation garden, that has moderate to deep shade. I already have Kentucky Bluegrass and Hostas installed, but am looking for some other ideas for color. Suggestions, anybody?

Here are just a few suggestions:

Coleus-has lots of different foliage colors…

Fuchsia-lots of choices…

Vinca minor (periwinkle)-a few options…

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (creeping Jenny, moneywort)-to trail with gold leaves…

Bacopa/Sutera-ground cover, available with white, pink, lavender or blue flowers…

Lobelia-provides an abundance of flowers, annual and perennial varieties; ground cover or upright plants…

Impatiens-lots to choose from…

Dicentra (bleeding heart);_ylt=A0S0201EIkRI3ZYAOPGJzbkF?p=dicentra&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Polemonium (Jacob’s ladder)-get the variegated kinds, so pretty!;_ylt=A0S0207LIkRIkOoA5ZiJzbkF?p=polemonium&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt;_ylt=A0S020rYIkRIzhcAh1qJzbkF?p=polemonium+brise&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Corydalis-so pretty ususally you find the blue and yellow kinds;_ylt=A0S020nzIkRItWQBYhmJzbkF?p=corydalis&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Heuchera (coral bells)-lots of foliage colors to choose from…

Tiarella (foam flower)-a few choices

Heucherella (foamy bells)-a cross of Heuchera and Tiarella;_ylt=A0S020mdIERI92IBGBOJzbkF?p=heucherella&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Lamium maculatum (dead nettle)-to allow to trail…

Torenia (wishbone flower)-pretty…

Begonia-lots of choices…

Hedera (ivy)-good for filler, be sure to get non-invasive kind!
Campanula (bell flower)-lots to choose from….

some Ornamental grasses will do well
Erodium (heron’s bill)…

Geranium (crane’s bill) – true geraniums…

Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium)…

Pelargonium x hortorum – fancy leaf types…

Viola and pansy
Pulmonaria (lungwort)…

Digitalis (foxglove)…

Helleborus (lenten rose)…

Trollius (globeflower)…

Abutilon (flowering maple)-lots of options;_ylt=A0S020q.IERIJBkAQguJzbkF?p=abutilon&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt


Ceratostigma (leadwort)-great blue flowers!

Sambucus-nice lacy foliage, look for purple leaf varieties or gold ones!;_ylt=A0S020qoIURIoBcAdaKJzbkF?p=sambucus&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Viburnum (snowball bush)-can’t beat them in full bloom;_ylt=A0S0204AIkRIzuYA_aqJzbkF?p=viburnum&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Thalictrum (meadow rue)-nice dainty flowers;_ylt=A0S02079IkRItOgA2zqJzbkF?p=thalictrum&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=utf-8&js=1&x=wrt

Acer (Japanese maples)-many to choose from!

You will want to double check with a good local nursery to see if these are good in your area. You can also add a few mixed containers on different height levels to add instant color and pop. I change mine up about every 3 months so that they are fresh and providing the bulk of "color" in the shady areas. These can be assorted shade annuals if you want. You can also add some specimen plants in pots and if they are elevated will create a nice focal point.

Good luck!

Filed Under (Gardeners) by admin on 16-11-2013

my friends dad caught a painted turtle in his casting net by accident. i have been taking care of him since then. i need to know where to buy pond plants for him. if you could help me please choose the best answer. thank you for taking your time on my question.

Why not get them free from a pond ……………………………………………….

Filed Under (Gardeners) by admin on 16-11-2013

I live in North Yorkshire (England) when will the danger of frost be past and it be ok to put bedding plants in?

You answered your own question! When all danger of frost is past it is o.k. to plant.

How long should I wait until I start raking leaves off my lawn after I just planted fresh grass seed? I planted the seed about a week ago, but there are a lot of tress in my yard, so its starting to cover the lawn…. When would it be OK to start raking them off? I also have a blower, but I assume it would not be good to use that just yet because I dont want to blow the seeds off/away. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Won’t leaves block sunlight though from hitting the seeds/ground?

A thin layer of leaves over your newly planted grass seed is a plus. It will keep heat and moisture in the seeds for sprouting purposes. In fall leaves are put over some of the garden projects like a mulch to help keep warmth in the roots. Then the leaves are removed in the spring and put into the compose pile.

Filed Under (Gardeners) by admin on 30-10-2013

A couple months ago we planted 150 feet of privet hedge bushes. I just read on the internet that the berries are poisonous. I am 1 1/2 months pregnant and considering ripping them all out if they are going to pose a threat to my child in the future. Does anyone know how poisonous they are? If you eat just one berry is it life-or-death or would you have to eat a whole handful or what?
Any ideas on a replacement privacy hedge? Preferably evergreen. I live in north Idaho, near Moscow.

One berry would not cause a life and death situation and they have a very unpleasant taste so I would not worry to much about that. However I would still recommend getting rid of the privet as it is a very aggressive invasive species.