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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?

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:06

I would put into a much larger pot, adding in lots of feed. Watering from the bottom is best - I should practice what I preach though!

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:42

Just answered - it is a Fatsia and it could be lack of water/just being winter. As I said it would be happier outside in a dampish spot in semi-shade.

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:41

It is a Fatsia japonica aka False Castor oil plant as the leaves look similarish to the real Castor oil plant, Ricinus.

I see nothing wrong with your is perfectly hardy and can grow outside btw.

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:23

Lift up the phone and repeatedly press the star or hash button. Automated calls think they have called a fax machine and take the number off the list - same for manual callers. Works for me as I get a lot less calls telling me about PPI and the like. In fact I hardly get any since doing that for a few months now .

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