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john jones replied to paul watson's discussion Hard (ish) pruning of a weeping birch
"I would do it. Would maybe try and wait a month or so but to do it now will be ok. Do nice tidy cuts to the branch collars and don't put anything on the wounds. People make wine from birch sap and tap the trees deliberately and they survive."
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Hi all. New to the site, very interesting reading some of the posts.  I'm based in Oxfordshire and a self employed gardener, mainly concentrating on the horticultural side of things and no so much on the hard stuff. Gardening runs in the family, my…
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Colin Hunt replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Summer house base (MOT or not?)
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paul watson posted a discussion
Hi everyone.I have a client with a  weeping birch that has 5 or six branches growing vertically (so not very weeping), he wants these pruned back hard to where the weeping format is. the weeping part of the tree is approx 3.6 meters, the verticle br…
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Adam Woods replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Summer house base (MOT or not?)
"the instructions said "firm ground" - so we just scraped off obvious lumps then levelled with the minimum disruption possible to the surface. It was a shed for general storage.... not for storing a motorbike or similar.... I would think if it was fo…"
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Hi all. New to the site, very interesting reading some of the posts.  I'm based in Oxfordshire and a self employed gardener, mainly concentrating on the horticultural side of things and no so much on the hard stuff. Gardening runs in the family, my mother being a professional gardener for over 30 years, I grew up with it. I did a bit to much of it as a child and got sick of it, so went off for a while and did my own thing. Then I settled down and had kids and came back to the garden for a good…

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Hard (ish) pruning of a weeping birch

Hi everyone.I have a client with a  weeping birch that has 5 or six branches growing vertically (so not very weeping), he wants these pruned back hard to where the weeping format is. the weeping part of the tree is approx 3.6 meters, the verticle branches are wrist thick where the client wants them cut and probly 1.5 to 2 meters in length to come off.I told him these dhould have been done late winter before the sap rises as they will bleed and could get infections in the wounds.Any advice is…

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Question for employers in the arb sector. When looking for a new employee, what courses /tickets would you want to see? Also if an potential employee doesn't want the climbing ticket, what else would be most useful to the employer?Would chipper and stump grinder be worth paying for.? Cs30, 31 already gained 

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2 Replies · Reply by GaryRK 10 hours ago

Marathon Horti K

 Any users of Marathon Horti K out there? I'm a fan of marathons lawn fertilisers and have seen this. I'm thinking for use as a base feed in borders prior to mulching which I try to alternate between mushroom compost and well rotted manure. I generally use the more traditional poultry manure or fish blood and bone, which is perfectly good, but just wondered if this horti k is 'better'?I manage some quite sizeable borders so there will be an added cost particularly compared to poultry manure.…

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5 Replies · Reply by dan 16 hours ago

Summer house base (MOT or not?)

I've been asked (from someone on a budget) to lay a base and assemble a small summerhouse (pictured) Keeping in mind she needs the cost to remain low, would you consider it a bit risky not to put MOT down? The base would be made up of damp proof membrane, and slabs laid on sharp sand.  

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