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Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 22:48

Hi Ken.  I'd apply moss killer first.

Leave until moss is dead and blackened then mow to shorten grass.


Then scarify to remove dead moss and thatch, and mow again if very untidy.


Hope this helps.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:04

Those are very well trained birds, oldchippy. Please send them my way!

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:30
Yes, I agree. Treat the lawn with moss killer and it should quickly kill it (and go black) in a matter of days. You can then rake/scarify to remove.

And if you can see lots of gaps and soil I'd recommend over-seeding with grass seed mixed with compost. April is usually a good month to do this, as warmer conditions and April showers encourage seeds to germinate and grow.

Talkback: Early butterflies

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 11:51
Yes, it's only cabbage white butterflies that will lay eggs on brassicas, and a fine netting cage built over these helps keep them off, as well as keeping pigeons away.

Four of our favourite native butterflies use stinging nettles to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to feed on. These include the Peacock, Coma, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

So it pays to leave some nettles around in quiet corners or natural 'wild' areas to provide a nursery for native butterflies!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:03

Hi nutcutlet. Exactly the same thing has happened to me before. I've thought that my Helleborus niger just got too dry in its shady site during summer, and didn't pull through. I've never got it to establish, unlike the Oriental hybrids and H. argutifolius that are far more reliable. Helleborus lividus has been good for me too.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 16:45
Now that's what I love about gardening ... plants for free!

Talkback: Microgreens on your window sill

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:53
Yes you do need seeds, but if you shop around you can usually find some great bargains.

And of course you can grow your own seeds. I always leave a few coriander, rocket, mizuna, watercress plants and others to bolt, flower and set seed. Beneficial insects like hoverflies love their flowers, feeding on their pollen and nectar. By the end of the summer you'll be able to collect masses of seed ... for free!

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 15:35
Hi James. Yes 'Amanogawa' is a lovelyy columnar flowering cherry. I used to have one in the front garden of previous house. However, I do think some other small trees provide colour and interest over more seasons than cherries. Personally I think better options are rowans (flowers,berries and autumn foliage colour) and crab apples.

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 15:35
Hi oldchippy. Hope you find a good replacement. Cedar does look lovely when it's small ... but it grows!

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:24

I like that one oldchippy! I think they'll be a lot of us joining you too. Yes, like it or not, 2014 has certainly started as The Year of the Water Garden!

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Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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