A council has apologised after planting trees in the middle of a football pitch — but said it would not immediately remove the new plants. Residents of Logie Durno, in Aberdeenshire, turned up for a kickabout at the local playing field to discover a copse of young fruit trees had been planted on the pitch.
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This article doesn't surprise me at all.
After working for 13 years for a borough council who will be named less. I have experienced several of these fails first hand from the management level.
The one that brings to mind is planting a trees along side path,with out doing their homework on where the original path ends.
According to this article this is what looked like just happened.
Surely the park staff management saw the goal post and thought hold on this isn't right.
In this day and age council cut backs according to the parliamentary report last week the areas first to be thinned will have to be management and not the workers after all the park staff where only following orders from above
Here is an excellent guide on how to prune your wisteria by the @Telegraph.
The golden rule I was doing my RHS was that they need to pruned twice in one year to promote good healthy growth and in the age of Health and Safety which many people seem to forget its best to be insured for public liability when dealing with houses and ladders as you do not know what hidden wires are lurking in-between the vine or tangled up and in case of the ladder breaking the window or even worse you falling you are covered.
Of course the down side is that with that premium comes the extra cost.
Some clients will turn you down and get some inexperienced to do it ~ Good For them
But I rather be safe than sorry.
Back on to the Wisteria as I mentioned already before they will need to pruned twice Jan to Feb and again July to August
Autumn is the season for mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of fungi that appear suddenly in our gardens at this time of year, along with morning mists and the smell of woodsmoke. An integral part of our environment fungi play an essential role within the ecosystem, converting dead material into nutrients required for plant growth. However, in the quasi-naturalistic setting of the garden, not all fungi are created equal. There are relatively harmless saphrophytic fungi, which live on dead or decaying organic matter, and aid the process of decomposition. These perform a vital function and one which, from a gardener’s perspective, is relatively benign. There are also beneficial micorrhizal fungi which form a codependnent relationship with the roots of plants, assisting in the uptake of nutrients from the soil in exchange for sugars and carbohydrates. But there are also pathogenic fungi, which are rather more of a nuisance, possessing as they do a penchant for living material.
Two weeks ago, several patches of cinnamon hued mushrooms, each with a darker central spot on the cap, appeared in one of my regular gardens. This was not an auspicious start to the day, as these mushrooms bore a marked resemblance to one of the three signs of the armillaria group of fungi, also known as honey fungus. Armillaria is a virulent pathogenic genus – recognised by the RHS as ‘the most destructive fungal disease in UK gardens’ – which invades the roots of trees and woody perennials, weakening the plant and then consuming the decaying organic matter. The cap of the mushroom is convex at first, like a shallow dome or half a tea cake, but as it ages the outer edges curve upwards, revealing the gills beneath. While the mushrooms do not necessarily appear each year the presence of honey fungus is also suggested by a sheet of white fungal growth beneath the bark at the base of the infected plant, and by the characteristic black rhizomorphs, or ‘bootlaces’, by means of which the organism can spread long distances through the soil. The mushrooms in this garden were concentrated around the decaying remains of some old shrubs, on which both the white mycelial sheet (which smells very noticeably of mushrooms) and the beginnings of the bootlaces were evident. Finding the fruiting bodies, with their characteristic colouring, was a fairly good indicator of what was now lurking in the lawns and borders. Finding all three signs together removed any remaining vestiges of doubt. Honey fungus, I was now confident, had arrived.
To put things in perspective, it is reputedly the case that the largest living organism is a kind of honey fungus, Armillaria ostoyae, which covers an area larger than 2,000 acres in a forest in Oregon. No wonder that I wasn’t overjoyed to see its relative manifesting in these Kentish grounds.
A pair of mature birch trees dominate this garden (there had originally been three, but one had to be felled last year when I noticed a rotten hole had developed at the base of one – mentioned in a blog post here), and one of the newly planted borders near a particularly fine crop of mushrooms features a Magnolia 'George Henry Kern', Viburnum tinus, and Hydrangea 'Annabelle'. I couldn’t have created a more sumptuous menu for the honey fungus had I tried – all of these appear on the list of plants particularly susceptible to this pathogen, so we shall have to keep an eye out for signs of stress, by which time it may well be too late. I would prefer where possible to lift the plants and containerise them in the same position with some artful planting to hide the containers, a plan that’s presently in negotiation. The first step was to dig out all the infected rotten wood – stumps and roots were well decayed by now and offered little resistance to the trusty mattock – and as much soil as possible, all of which was bound for the bonfire. The chemical control for this was banned for use as a garden herbicide in 2003, so physical destruction (burning) of infected material is the only legal option at present. The legislation wasn’t able to prevent me from disinfecting my tools with Jeyes Fluid before moving on to other areas of the garden, a sensible precaution to take.
The next step is to have a reputable tree surgeon inspect the remaining birch trees for signs of infection, particularly as the root and stump of their departed companion resembles at present some kind of mushroom gourmand’s fantasy. These trees are too tall and close to the house, and the garden too exposed and windy, to countenance any chance of structural weakness.
Should the worst transpire, we will have to look to more resistant plants – a list of which is available here – to replace those that might succumb too easily to this voracious fungus. For now, we’re pairing the measures we’ve already taken to all the optimism we can muster, and hoping it won’t come to that.
Tthe beginnnings of blue black ‘bootlace’ rhizomorphs in the middle of this rotten stump
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Here is fascinating article about the scourge of every garden - Honey fungus.
Due to this mild weather we had up to now it brought on a lot of fungi spores about.
Humans have constructed buildings since the New Stone Age, starting with simple structures built for shelter using natural materials. For many centuries later, the construction of buildings was almost one with nature, using rocks, rubble, and naturally occurring substances, until the Iron Age, when
This is one of My favourite architectural plants for a LARGE GARDEN
With the emphasis on Large as it can virtually take over garden as it gets older and established,And then its problem to dig out and dispose off as its rhizome grow on top of each other and get too heavy lift with age.
So It tends to be plant and forget type of plant
This story and many more can be found in my weekly publication of Top #Gardening cover stories ~ http;//po.st/Paperli
You're not the only one struggling to make it through the harshest months of the year—your houseplants are also busy dodging drafts and soaking up every last ray of dwindling sunlight. To give your ferns and fiddle leaf figs a fighting chance at survival, follow these ten tips for winter plant care (then keep your fingers crossed that spring comes early this year).
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Here is another excellent article taken from Paper.li ~ http://po.st/Paperli ~ from the people at @aparthmenttherapy on how to look after your over the winter
An Overview of the Major Types of Lawn GrassesWhile selecting lawn grasses, you should go for those that thrive in the local climate and area conditions like sun or shade. Choose the most appropriate one keeping in mind the needs of the entire family, including pets, adults and children. There... http://bit.ly/2jmpx4W
Kobi is a modular robot that’s basically a Roomba for snow and leaves. It’ll mulch grass and leaves, throw snow into a dedicated area, and mow the lawn. You have to define its physica
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As 2016 gardening seasons closes we can only wonder what next year will bring.
My self Ill take manageable and realistic bite size in forecasting.
But will the future hold for us now we have already come step forward technically with robotic mowers and Astro turf, now we going one step ahead even more with this machine that can blow and sweep leaves and snow away from your drive as well as cut the grass
There is even a gadget that on making from the robotic mower inventor to weed the garden.
But qouting from the inventor it doesn't recognise weeds and plants and just strims at ground level.
So Its basicly a robotic strimmer or weed wacker that our cousin from the states like to call
Take a leaf out of a French inventor’s book for a compost heap that’s cheap as chips
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This is a fascinating article on how to use up all your garden rubbish.
Though its very laborious My best advise is to make it in the Autumn and forget it until spring that way the chipping would have totally rotted down.
The big mistake I have seen many people make is scatter the chipping directly on the ground this is wrong cause the chipping acts up like a sponge and soaks up the Nutriments until it reaches it capacity so it may be wise to mix the chipping with your garden compost first and wait till it fully inoculated
Another thing is that wood chipping contain no nutriments only carbon if you think about it all the food has done to the roots of the plants
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