Printer Friendly

Don't hedge your bets, give it a clip; The next seven days in the garden.

AS the flowers grow, so do the weeds and all else that is green in the garden.

If you have a leylandii hedge you know what I am talking about, and if you haven't already clipped it twice, you could always think again, and rip it out.

Leylandii requires clipping three times a year, but you can also check its growth with the use of a hormonal retardant. This spray-on chemical, slows growth to a minimum and may allow you one less cut - but even still, leylandii will get to 50ft plus.

There are numerous plants that you can use for hedging that are more useful than the eager leylandii, and I have heard that there may well be a forthcoming ban on planting leylandii in built-up areas.

Fuchsia magellanica makes a most unusual hedge of purple and red blooms.

I recall that it even survived the rigours of my grandad's gardening efforts - conclusive proof it is a real toughie. It will reach six feet in less than two seasons, and will flower all summer, with one annual snip in August.

Your own hedge will need clipped at least once, and if you haven't done it yet, do it soon. If you leave it too late the new growth doesn't have enough time to harden and is susceptible to frost.

In any case you may wish to get another clip in before the end of the season for hedges such as privet and Rosa rugosa.

Common beech is another top class hedging plant, and surpasses itself in its purple-leafed form, Fagus sylvatica purpurea.

The dry summer has allowed Beech Mealy Bug to build up and if you notice leaves on some of your beeches have curled at the tips and gone brown, check the underside of the leaves. If you see a cluster of hairy green aphids, get some systemic insecticide on the job.

I use "Rapid" as it doesn't harm bees, ladybirds or lacewings, all of which you need in the battle against the bugs.
COPYRIGHT 2000 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Author:Chudziak, Bill
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 6, 2000
Previous Article:SEVEN HELD IN MIGRANT RAID; Secret swoop on Highlands salmon plant.
Next Article:PROBLEMS; The Beechgrove Garden's Carolyn Spray answers your questions How can I stop my courgette tips going soft?

Related Articles
GARDEN LIFE; It's time to hedge your bets for winter.
Chores for the week.
Gardening: this week's chores.
Hedge of reson.
Over the HEDGE.
Stylish border hits the mark; Gardening.
Reach new hedge heights; gardening.
Gardening: Living on the hedge; NEWI.
gardens: Reaching new hedge heights.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters