Lawn trouble

by Pippa Greenwood

I've never been much of a lawn buff. Mine is definitely more of a patch of grass than a lawn, but even I am worried by the state of it at the moment.

pg_lawnI've never been much of a lawn buff. Mine is definitely more of a patch of grass than a lawn, but even I am worried by the state of it at the moment. The wet summer and autumn and cold, wet winter have caused a lot of damage. And our heavy clay soil has exacerbated the problem, especially on areas that we've walked over. It now resembles something like chocolate sauce!

When we next have reasonably good weather, I'll be out there with a garden fork, attempting to drive holes into the ground to improve drainage. I'll probably resort to raiding the kids' sandpit, and the sand used to fill in the drainage holes.

I'll also soon be out protecting my emerging daffodils with twine and canes. They're starting to appear along the drive near the lawn, and are just big enough to be seen by me, but not to be noticed by delivery drivers and friends who jump out of their vehicles and crash down on them! Well, at least this means spring must be on the way!

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Gardeners' World Web User 09/01/2009 at 15:51

My lawn or should I say swamp whats left of it either bounces back or I was seriously thinking of giveing it back to nature. Where I live, was or is marsh lands and I don't think for one minute building houses on it makes it change the fact.Last summer we dug drainage and dug chanels which we filled with sand and ballace, made boarders wider and the worst part which you couldn't walk on without sinking up past the ankles in places we dug a soakeaway and pebbled over it, even then for weeks when walking on this area the ground moved like walking on foam.It has settled now but what will happen to what grassed areas left this year I don't know.Whilst away at christmas we went to Titchwell RSPB and walking around on the upraised paths I said thats what we'll do the length of the garden this year if we can't walk on the lawn thats left one long upraised path down the garden to my greenhouse would be great, the frogs,birds and hedgehogs would love it my other half was'nt to happy about the idea but whats the other option if there is one out there somewhere. Anyway Pippa on a lighter note my daffs have been showing on the front boarder for about 10 days out the back in the marshlands I don't know, I'll see them when they flower from the patio.Spring wo'nt be long now, look out for the frogs and I've already seen wood pigoens pairing up thats a sure sighn,I think.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/01/2009 at 17:13

Do what I did Pippa and dig it up and plant vegetables.

Gardeners' World Web User 23/01/2009 at 13:09

I suspect the poigeons I see are already there and waiting for me to plant out what they regard as pigeon snacks in to the veg plots !! The problem with digging up the grass and converting it to veg is that a) I alreday have plenty of veg space (lucky me, I know, but it has always been number one here) and b) a veg plot does not make a good site for either a netball practice area or a swing !!! PG

Gardeners' World Web User 31/01/2009 at 21:56


Gardeners' World Web User 05/02/2009 at 18:24

Don't dig the lawn up will just be another part of the garden that will become a toilet, mine is on cloggy clay and very slippery but so far I'm not tempted to get rid.

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