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Hi gardeners.  I need your help and expertise i've recently moved into a new home where the garden is beautiful and i'd love to keep it that way, however i have no idea what i'm doing.  I know i need to cut things back to encourage re-growth but not sure what i should be cutting back as i dont know what anything is.  I've attached photos of each thing i'm not sure about.  Could you please let me know what it is and also what i need to do with it.Thanking you in advance image

Last edited: 27 November 2016 21:25:09



  • Sorry but i'm not able to upload any pictures for some reason.  Could anyone help!

  • Yep clicked on camera selected the ones I needed but then nothing didn't seem to go through the upload routine it should do ?

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,995

    Exciting for you... there will be plenty of help and tips on this site. You could do with finding a neighbour or friend who is green-fingered to walk round the garden with you so you can make some notes. I spent the first spring/summer in my new garden identifying all the plants so I could find out how best to look after them. 

    Cant wait to see the pics... 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,995

    Try just doing one pic first? 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,658

    I always seem to have to compress photos to less than 1Mb but that may be my slow internet.

    Generally it's often a good idea to leave things be at this point in the year. You can tidy up but, if you can tolerate a scraggy look over winter, you don't need to and it often helps both soil and wildlife if you don't. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Thank you think I may have to. Just worried if I don't cut these back I'll kill them or they want regrow properly as the garden  looked lovely when we viewed it want try and keep it that way. 

  • You won't kill them by not cutting them backimage. The old stems may even protect them if we have a hard winter.  In the spring you will see buds and new leaves starting and that is when you can cut off the old stems to make room for the new ones.

    Some shrubs may possibly not flower quite as well if not cut back at the right time, but plants are usually forgiving and there is always next year!

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