London (change)
Today 12°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 11°C


Latest posts by blairs

New lawn from scratch

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:55

I have 2 kids and the drive way is used a lot more than the lawn. They can cycle, scoot and play more on paving than lawn. I would actually say decking the area would be better than lawn as you can sit out and your son can play safely in an enclosed space, so that is something to really think about.

I have changed my patio area a few times, lifting slabs laid on sand. I just forked up the sand to decompact it and then laid turf on top, quick and easy and cheap and it takes quickly. I find grass seed can take a while to thicken up and can't be used until it grows or you end up with bare patches.

Advise lease

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:43

A photo would help. If it has been in the same place for 12 years happily then has something else changed? Perhaps a tree or hedge has been removed? Acer palmatum does suffer from branch death, normally as the result of wind or drainage issues.

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:56

Dig the area up and count the bulbs. If it is mice then the leave teeth marks in the bits of bulb that they do not finish. They tend not to like Daffs. I wonder if you have Narcissus bulb fly larvae - they eat other bulbs as well. You can tell when a bulb has been eaten by them as the hollow it out. I think it worth digging and seeing.

Poorly mountain ash

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:25

They like moist well draining soil, is the are too damp? They also like full sun to flourish. Am just wondering if it is something simple like adding drainage and feed rather than blight?

Plagues of caterpillars each year on our geraniums

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 10:46

If you have a lot of caterpillars on the plants then it is a yuck job to pick them off as sheer numbers is quite sickening. I collected 60 off just 2 plants last spring. My kids fed them leaves - I put them in the council compost bin when they slept and they went off to a better place. Provado or Bayer have a spray that kills off pests like caterpillars - whatever the stuff that kills off Lupin greenfly.

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:17
artjak wrote (see)

Worm casts are supposed to be the MOST wonderful soil/growing medium?

True, but when they get wet they turn to mud just like the rest of the soil underneath. So If you try and brush wet worm casts it sticks like glue or smears all over the lawn.

Sentimental Plants

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:23

I bought a Japanese maple in memory of my parents. It is a twin trunk tree, red with deeply filigreed leaves. My mum died the day we found out that my wife was pregnant with my daughter and I think that she heard me when she was in a coma as she rubbed my hand. She died the next day with my dad following after, so the maple is my sentimental plant.

The MPT seedlings look totty in those pots, but should double in size this year with and branch out. Watch for the roots trying to go through the pot into the ground!

Plagues of caterpillars each year on our geraniums

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:14

You can spray for caterpillars, though I find going out in sunny days and at dusk and collecting them works wonders. I normally squish them or through them over to next doors veg plot 

Bamboo query

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:11

Bamboo should like wet and mild, mine put on new growth in winter, sending out shoots. They do naturally lose leaves now. I am wondering if air circulation is too poor in your car port, causing mould? So I would leave the leaves and stalks and let the wind and nature take its course.

Pruning wise, I only thin out stalks but some people do cut Bamboo when they have reached their desired height - it is up to you if you think 4ft is the right height. Those pruned stalks do not grow taller, only new ones will.

starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:47

'Diane' asked the question quite a lot...

Discussions started by blairs

ID seedling

Replies: 2    Views: 308
Last Post: 07/04/2015 at 12:04

Seedling/Weed ID

ID on mystery plant 
Replies: 9    Views: 478
Last Post: 03/03/2015 at 09:15

Freesia - how to get them to be more than an annual

Replies: 4    Views: 598
Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 23:22

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 422
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 770
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 999
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 1704
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 938
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 684
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 1116
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 964
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 5    Views: 4080
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 2275
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
13 threads returned