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Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: Yesterday at 07:35
Thanks Dovefromabove - shame I don't have a big ginger cat.

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:34
I've just found this horsetail in my front border, and it forced its way through the weed suppressant and bark chips I covered the ground with. There are also lots of smaller beige-y coloured mushrooms nearby, and when I lifted the membrane there were lots more underneath. The mole has tried to come up here, as there were mounds of soil in places, but it didn't manage to break through the membrane.

This front border is shady, and so far I haven't found any horsetail in the left border, which also has the membrane and bark chips and is sunnier.

The right border I can now plant up, also a sunny one, and I was going to just put bark chips on that, but the mole is now coming through that side, (as well as the lawn), so I was going to put membrane and bark chips there, to try and stop him breaking through that border.

Should I put membrane on the right side and remove it from the front, and just have bark chips on the front?

Any advice gratefully received.

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:42
With two large lawns back and front there's far too much grass for the compost bin, so some goes in there and the rest into a special compost bin we pay the local Council ??30.00 to hire. It gets empied weekly.

I have MOLES !!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 19:43

Just when I thought I'd finally got rid of them, they're back!!!  I've had empty lemonade cans upside down on metal rods poked down the holes they made and others along the left side border.  We have now planted up the left border and today there are two large mounds of soil in it, one where the poppy was and the other a rudibeka plant, which were not there this morning.  Also yesterday morning there was a pile of soil on the lawn and another further along on the lawn tonight.  I had removed all but two of the cans on rods, but they are now back down the holes on the lawn.  I have bought 3 childrens' windmills and I'm going to put them out tonight.  The mole repellent buzzer gadgets are still working, buzzing away underground and have been since last year when we first saw moles.

I sprinkled castor oil granules over the lawn and also nematodes last year, but the leatherjackets must still be there as already we've seen crane flies.

I'm now going to try chilli powder down the hole;  the garlic cloves I put down as well last year sprouted, so I had to dig them up.

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Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 12:29
There used to be a liquid product called Renardine, but it's no longer available so I'm told. I used to soak dried tea bags in it and scatter them around the garden when I lived in London, as we were bothered by foxes as well as cats.
We also used the Sonic Repeller in the front garden, but wired it to the mains, as every time someone walked by, it activated and the batteries soon wore out.
We have started using the Sonic in the back garden here in Kent, as the neighbours cat comes after the birds.

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 07:20
Without seeing the image I would guess they are grubs from the Vine Weevil, as I have problems with the same. I sort through the corms, pick out the grubs and the birds have a feast. Then I also sort through the soil/compost of the pots they were grown in, and usually find a lot more grubs.
There is a Vine Weevil Killer you can water on, but I can't remember the name of, as I'm still in my nightclothes and it is out in the shed!!!

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 07:27
I'm with fidgetbones and have used Brother labelling tapes for years on a not-to-cheap plastic label. They just peel off when I want to change them. I do label my garden because with a memory like mine, I forget where I've put things, mainly bulbs.
Also just to let you know - the mole is back!!! We've been mole-free for a few weeks now but yesterday noticed more molehills in our new front lawn. I think it's time for traps now don't you???

Moles AND Crane flies

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 08:17
The nematodes were watered in 2 days ago and here's hoping they work. The caster oil granules went in the week before that.

Yesterday was the first time we didn't see a molehill in the morning, but the runs are all over the grass, as we felt them while walking over it with the watering can.

The mole repellant is still buzzing away, and one of them is now stuck down a hole in the middle of the grass.

It's too early to say whether the caster oil granules have worked, or that it's eaten all the leatherjackets, or maybe moved off somewhere else, but I'll be back on here to let you know if it returns in the future.

Thanks again to everyone for your helpful suggestions.

Moles AND Crane flies

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 18:36
Thanks again for all your tips and advice.

Pot Tidying

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 18:34
Mine are washed and sorted, as well as the stones to block the holes in the bottom of the pots, and stacked on the shelves in the Summerhouse.
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Moles AND Crane flies

Advice needed on how to remove them 
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