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  • Thanks to everyone for the advice, and don't worry I've left the hedge that backs onto the fields as it is, and piled twigs and leaves in a corner away from the house (and dog). 

    I looked in the magazine and it suggests making leaf mould, plenty of leaves so I made 2 bags as an experiment. I'm so proud of myself ?.

    By the way, i inherited a rose tree/ bush/ plant with the house. It's in a pot and looks like it needs to move to a bigger one, any advice?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,777

    Depending on how big it is, I would plant it out into the garden if you have a spot in mind.Otherwise just plant it into a bigger pot and wait until you are ready to put it in your garden.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    I am a relatively new gardener myself and would say the best advice is to wait and see just exactly what you've got in the garden already.  I moved here in winter and rather hastily got stuck in and rid of lots of things that I now know should not have!  Only now, 5 years in, are the trees and shrubs beginning to fill out the garden.

    That said, since consciously being wildlife friendly I am amazed at the amount of garden visitors I have. Good luck with it all 

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    Hia I've finally got round to taking the pictures of the back garden, I'm leaving the front garden for now. As you can see jack was happy take advantage of a photo opportunity. Bless him ?

  • Wildlife, walls and fences. Don't forget to have holes, gaps and arches or something at ground level in your walls and fences to allow wildlife to get through.

    I have a neighbour who's wanting to erect a boundary wall and I'm having a lot of trouble trying to get them to have holes in the wall at ground level every now and then even though I've offered to pay half the cost of the wall as long as there's a hole every 3mtrs. There's no ruling as to who the existing structure belongs too (Trestle fencing covered in Ivy).

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Get that (? leylandii)  cut back as soon as you can to keep it at a manageable height. Once it gets too high to manage you are in trouble.

    Get some pots to put bright flowers in for the next season. Try your local Freecycle. to see if anyone has any pots or plants to get you started. I was able to give a away a lot of plant cuttings last year.   

    Walk around the area and see what grows well in other peoples gardens. Chat them up about there  gardens if they are out there. (My now 36 yr old daughter still seems to want to curl up and die when she sees me doing this. ) People like their gardens and their plants being admired.

    It's a long job to get started but having something bright in the garden makes you feel you are getting somewhere.

    After just having bought a house your finances are probably rather tight right now..

    Good Gardening.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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