JJ’s gar­den so­lu­tions

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Re­plant­ing pin­cush­ions Danie Zeelie of Ree­bok in the West­ern Cape writes

I have two pin­cush­ion plants that are cur­rently in full bloom but I need to move them – we’re erect­ing a wall at our home and they’re both in the way. Is it OK for me to move them now? I’m con­cerned that they won’t re­cover af­ter re­plant­ing.

JJ replies Pin­cush­ions, like proteas, don’t care much for re­plant­ing. If you have to do it, I’d sug­gest wait­ing un­til early win­ter when they en­ter a rest­ing pe­riod. Cut away two-thirds of the branches to fa­cil­i­tate growth and water well af­ter you’ve moved them to the new spot in your gar­den.

An un­ruly mess! Patsy Crisp of Cape Town writes

I live in a ground-floor flat and just out­side is a gar­den bed with a tall de­cid­u­ous tree in the mid­dle of it. Dur­ing win­ter, the leaves fall con­stantly which means I have to do a lot of sweep­ing. The trustees won’t al­low me to re­move it. While the sur­round­ing plants are grow­ing well, it be­comes wild very quickly.

I’ve con­sid­ered re­mov­ing the veg­e­ta­tion and deck­ing the area with a seat around the tree but any sug­ges­tions on how to cre­ate a low-main­te­nance but at­trac­tive area would be welcome.

JJ replies You could com­mit to re­mov­ing some of the branches through­out the year, but the mess will re­main as long as the tree does. Deck­ing the area will cre­ate an even big­ger prob­lem as the leaves will get swept un­der­neath where clean­ing is dif­fi­cult and then rot. The tree’s root sys­tem might also lift the deck over time. In my opin­ion, the best low-main­te­nance so­lu­tion would be to gar­den in con­tain­ers and flower boxes.

CON­TACT JJ van Rens­burg is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Gar­den World in Jo­han­nes­burg; visit gar­den­world.co.za.

Lis­ten to JJ’s gar­den­ing tips and tricks on Der­rich Gardner’s show Brek­fis met Der­rich at 07:40 ev­ery Saturday on RSG.

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