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Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:29
inspiration123 wrote (see)

Since you're an the back we have paving slabs...but weeds grow between them ALL the time - they all have gaps between them.(very narrow gaps). any suggestions for closing those off?

 What Fairygirl said lol.


Re the soil...Pictures of what you have growing in the back would give an idea and/or try this....wet a handful of soil til pliable. Feels gritty? soapy? sticky? Roll it into a sausage. If it falls apart high sand/grit  content. If it makes a sausage pretty good soil. If you can bend it right round into a ring high clay content. Any visible sign of chalk? Stones? 


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:14

I hate using any chemicals but in this case you have to....unless anyone else knows different....

A 96 year old lady I used to work for taught me....A systemic weedkiller, buy as big a container as you can get. Stuff as much bindweed into a jar as you can then pour, dont spray weedkiller into jar. Lay it on its side (so rain can't get in) on the ground and leave it until bindweed dead. Might take a couple of hits but it works and does the least damage to surrounding plants, wildlife as poss. 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:48

Hi  Any pics would be helpful and if not more description re aspect, type of hedge, soil etc. Also how much work do you want to do? Hedge stays? Goes? Lawn stays goes? etc. 

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:44

Hi Mike  Shouldn't be a problem although probably a fairly large root system by now. Cut the growth from this year by about half in Autumn and move it then.


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:38

Love the double Philadelphus little-ann and what an amazing view you have. 

Just got back from another hot sweaty days work.

First garden still discovering whats lurking. Went in amongst the enormous shrubs and actually discovered a Philly, thats how overgrown it is. Was 5/6 ft tall hidden by Cotoneaster, 2 laurels, several self layered Viburnum bodnantense all about 15 ft a very tall Leycestra and 2 hollies! Poor thing was still flowering profusely even though no one was taking any notice of it. Has a bit more breathing space now but didn't have long enough to really clear round it.



Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:13

Morning everyone and hello Penine  don't believe we've met. Off to do 5 hours today not quite so hot and first garden has shady bits so shouldn't be too bad. The second garden is beautiful. She has gone right over the top out the front and everyone comments on it. All bright colours makes you smile just looking at it. Have a good day all and don't forget sun cream!!!!


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 07:58

Think they are still there just lurking lol.Like GG found many snails in hedges and behind ivy. Think as soon as we get any rain they will be on the rampage!

Small Japenese Maple

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:48

When you say you have watered them do you mean the leaves Norma? If you water the leaves when the sun is out that would scorch them too.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:42

How exposed to the elements danny?

You could try...


osmanthus burkwoodii

Prunus lusitanica

Eleagnus quicksilver...will tolerate light shade

Rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:04

Why kill them fidget are they bad then? 

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