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Lidl surprises

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 09:20

Looks a great price. Just remember that your lawn will look terrible after using it but will be fine in 4-6 weeks! You can compost what comes out (as long as you have not been using chemicals) but might be best to be put in the council compost bins.

I do not have a local Lidl - closest is 15 miles away.

dampening off

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 15:43

Mulch with perlite helps. Are you leaving the lid on the propagator? If it has any moisture on the walls or roof of the propagator then you have too much water, so cut it down and open the lid/get rid of it.

Willow Trees

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:54

These Willows tend to be grafted, so the root stock will not suck up excess moisture like other Willows can. Willows only soak up water in spring to early autumn when growing, so no use in winter. I would improve drainage in other ways rather than trying to use plants.

I also think that smaller Willows will have more extensive roots within a few years than a 15ft one would.

Willow Trees

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 13:42

I think she meant 1.5 metres as 15ft is 4.5 metres and I have yet to see a garden centre supply anything that tall as it will be as tall or taller than the walls and would weigh over a ton.

I would wait 1 year for the roots to settle then cut a 1/4 of the stems each year to keep the curls.

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 12:24

I use a rake and remove moss and thatch in spring and autumn. Good exercise as you need to be rigorous! Unless you have a super large lawn than that is all you really need to do.

Willow Trees

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 11:43

If you want the corkscrew affect then you will need to cut back the stems/trunks as they straighten with age. That way the Willow will never get taller than 1-2 metres.


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 08:37

Low Sodium salt will kill moss - just add a few table spoons into a bucket with a pinch of bleach and brush it over the area and it will die back. It is the Potassium in Low-Sodium salt that kills moss so it does not work with normal sea salt.

C grubs in pots

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:00

They tend to burrow into the corms... you can tell if they are there or not as they leave holes. You need to poke something into it to kill them or throw the corm away.

caster oil plant?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:43

Fatsia like Camellia sinensis and many others were brought to the UK as house plants but then people tried them outside and they did well. When small they are actually better inside in winter than out as they tend to dieback in hard frost. Hardiness increases with age.

here i am again

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 10:32

It is still early March, so lawn is not the best looking yet but you can get the prep done now to improve things. It sounds like there is a lot of traffic in some areas - as you have thin and or muddy patches. So I would sow with grass seed for high traffic areas as you have already fed and scarified. Have you top dressed with sand to help with compacted areas?

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