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Is it OK to compost grass and moss which have been treated with mosskiller?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 22:31

As did mine when I did it myself but Green Thumb do  treatments a year and this one was (somewhat belatedly) the winter treatment which was just mosskiller and light feed.

Dark corner of garden - suggestions welcome!

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 22:26

I'm coming to the same conclusion, Verdun.

Is it OK to compost grass and moss which have been treated with mosskiller?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 20:27

I don't think it did, though I don't know why not.  The bill just says they have sprayed with a micronutrient feed that gives good colour; it also helps with the control of moss and indeed (after the 2nd application after I had complained that the first had a series of black lines, with large gaps between) it does seem to have killed off most of the moss.  I think I am going to give them the heave-ho and revert to applying a combined moss killer, feed and weed if I can get anyone to do it it for me.  Or move to a flat!

Dark corner of garden - suggestions welcome!

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 20:17

I have a similar problem:  a cupressus hedge about 10ft high,  and about 5ft between it and some espalier  or cordon apple trees.  New gardener has no suggestions as to what one can plant in this gap but surely there must be something.  Primroses self seeded there doing well at the moment,  Our side of hedge faces East.

Is it OK to compost grass and moss which have been treated with mosskiller?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 19:44

Greenthumb recently sprayed my lawns with mosskiller and a feed and I asked my new gardener to scarify them today to get the blackened moss and any thatch out.  He used a slitter rather than my scarifier so didn't get much moss out and then mowed the lawn and put what was collected in the bag in my compost container.  When I was doing my own gardening (can't do it now) I never composted the cuttings immediately after moss treatment and certainly not the moss, not that he got much of that out.  Is it OK to compost this stuff or would it be best to take it to the dump?  I went over one of the lawns with my scarifier and got a lot of blackened moss out.   I don't plan to compost it.  Who is right?

Pruning hydrangeads

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:41

I know one should cut back flowered shoots to a strong, healthy pair of buds but what about new shoots that have not yet flowered.  Does one leave the bud at the tip and not cut back, even if the shoot is not very thick?

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:52

Monty Don showed us a handful of crumbly leafmould last week which he said was from last year's leaves.  My last year's leaves are pretty much as they were when I put them in chickenwire bays.  I watered them when I first put them in but left it to the elements thereafter; they are not covered.  I have just transferred the contents of one to the other to make room for this year's and hoped that there would be some usablel leafmould at the bottom but all I found was compacted wet leaves.  Those at the top were quite dry.  What should I be doing that I'm not?

Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:48

Thanks.  Will leave it till early Feb. then.

"Look at the Natural England website where it is all set out. Recommended time for cutting hedges is January and February on a three year rotation."   I wouldn't like to leave ours for 3 years, especially the  cuppressus because that goes brown if you cut it back hard and never recovers and I don't want it getting any taller or wider.  I'd really like to have it done twice a year but at £350 a pop I can't afford that.  I used to have it done in the Autumn but the last couple of years couldn't get anyone to do it then.    


Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:41

We were let down by our hedge cutters this Autumn and as my husband has been in hospital I haven't found a replacement.  Is it too late to do it now this year, assuming I can find anyone to do them (we have various hedges: yew, leylandii, beech, holly) and if not should frosty days be avoided?  They were last cut in mid-February but the yew in particular needs doing again.

aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:36

Thanks, I'll try the w/u liquid.

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