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Flowers for Shaded areas

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:28

Hi, I watched Gardener's world recently. Monty had Tellima Grandiflora and Tiarella Spring Symphony - both are happy in shaded areas. I have some shade in my car and I would like to plant them there, I cannot see plug plants for sale online for these flowers - I thought this would be a cheap way to cover the ground. The area is not big - may 5 x 4 metres. Do you know where I can buy these plants reasonably cheaply?

May be I am too late for this season?

Thanks

Alastair

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:24

Hi, Thank you for your help with this. Lawn is now aerated using hollow tine tool.

As explained earlier, no cores came out, just pushed soil in.

I used mixture of compost and sand as recommend and it worked fine.

The job was very hard as you predicted, but I hope the lawn will be better for it.

I am waiting for the grass to dry so I can put fertilizer on (complete 4 in one).

I have bought a roller aerator with spike. It looks good and I hope to use it every week or so.

Alastair

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 08:26

Yes that seems sensible, I'll give it a go, though I think it may be more difficult than all sand to fill those holes.

thanks

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 13:48

oh, forgot, why compost and sand ?

thanks

 

 

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 13:35

A little came thro' on my 1st goes , however the mud in the tine is quite solid and so the tine acts more like a solid piece of metal.  I thought mine looked good and is fine apart from this problem. Suggestions online are to spray the tines with WD40  every so often, but I can't see it being that effective. I'm happy just to carry on as is, because it will take quite along time to complete without having to spray tines and push earth out of times with a cane.

Alastair

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 11:27

Hi, I tried using the Hollow Tine Aerator. It is hard work as you predicted.

I notice the cores are not rising out of the tines as they are blocked. I think it will be very difficult to get the cores rising out unless you have an idea.

My question, is it okay that the cores are not removed ? I am still managing to push the tines down as far as they will go (about 3 inches). I am filling the holes with sharp sand - this is time consuming as I fill each one individually by pushing the sand down with my fingers - I think if I used a brush to sweep the sand into the holes , the holes would not be filled. I have a hard brush, but it is old and the brush head is worn down so that the spines are shorter and don't bend as much as a new one would.

Any advise very welcome.

Alastair

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 16:25

Thank you for your help.

I'm still keen to try the hollow aerator - I might it tomorrow, though the temperature is about 6C-8C during the day. Should I wait until it's a bit warmer. I think the grass may be growing now. Thanks. A

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 21:09

I don't have clay soil. My lawn is about 18mx7m level. No moss. few weeds (most removed last year). There is thatch. We have a rotary mower (Mountfield). Cuts the grass well, however I would like the grass to be shorter because I think it looks tidier so bought a used petrol Qualcast 35s cylinder mower. Just had it sharpened.I plan to use this for the lawn this year.  I have a free weekend this weekend and would lie happy to aerate the lawn. Happy to give it a go with a hollow lawn aerator and sharp side. Do you think it's a good idea ? Just seen on Amazon some people have difficulty pushing the aerator into the lawn. Any feedback welcome, thanks

Lawn Aerator

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 13:29

Just wonder if this is worthwhile. My lawn is quite dry , it does have thatch.

I have a scarifier/rake.

Just wonder are those garden hollow tine aerator's a good idea?

Anyone found one that is quite sharp so easier to use ?

thanks

Windowsill propagator

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:12

Thanks Zookmer, I know that some seeds are fussy and like to be at a certain temperature for a certain time in order to germinate. I think some electric propagators can be set to a specific temperature while other cannot. My utility room is heated , but not that warm as an extension to house without proper solum. Should I still go electric ?

Thanks,Alastair 

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