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Planting Red Robins

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by john2k, 2 Jul 2018.

  1. john2k

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    I am planning to plants red robins along the side of my house where i've dug up. Is there any tips to prevent unwanted weed and things growing with it? The red robins I am getting come in small plant containers. So I assume I just dig out a little hole for each one and then put the red robin in and then pack it with soil? shall i put wood bark or stones on top? Do you need to water it immediately after planting it?
     
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    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=145

    If the soil is good you can do that; if it’s poor then dig a bigger hole and mix in some new compost. You could also chuck in a handful of growmore. Bark or stones help suppress weeds, though if you think perenial weeds will be a serious issue (e.g. if there were brambles there previously) then a membrane followed by bark/stones would be even better. Water the plants before and after planting and then again in the following days if the current warm weather continues - but don’t drown them.

    The RHS website (link above) has lots of useful info.
     
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    I have these in my front border. Over time they make very nice hedges if pruned right to thicken up.

    They grow surprisingly quickly.
     
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    Thanks @endecotp

    What's the best way to prune them? I don't want the bottom to become bald and how often to prune them?
     
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    The RHS page I linked to has a whole section on pruning.
    I’ve never grown them so I won’t try to add anything.
     
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    I have a bed of new top soil that was laid on top of existing soil. The old soil was dug out about 15 to 20cm and laid with new top soil as part of a block paving job. One thing I noticed is that the original earth underneath the new top soil is rock hard and is more like a dard brown colour with lots of stones. It's extremely difficult to dig it. So got me thinking,.even though my new baby plants are going into the bed of new top soil which is currently deep enough, what happens when the plants need to mature? Will the roots be able to go through that rock solid soil with stones?
     
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