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Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 14:32

It is beautiful, but when I had clover like that it was so full of bees I had to cut it before the grandchildren could play on it. Much as I love bees I can't help loving my grandchildren more.

Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 13:39

My first OH died from smoking, aged 53.

The French are trying to ban Glyphosate, but the alternatives don't really work. Our local cemetery, where 1st OH is buried is a no herbicide area from this year and now it looks a complete mess. No one has weeded it, I don't suppose the village can afford to employ someone. I have a large driveway, what will I do when it's banned? It's all a nightmare.

Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 13:05

Glasgowdan, I did answer the question and I didn't recommend Glyphosate as that will kill the grass as well. Lawn weedkillers are selective and kill broadleaved weeds, but my first choice was to dig the buttercups out. That is what I do, then scatter a bit of grass seed on the bare patch.

Last edited: 30 October 2017 13:06:17

Move strawberries?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 06:57

Strawberry plants should be replaced every few years so I would start from scratch in another place, using new plants.

Weed ID reguired and which weedkiller?

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 06:55

Looks like buttercup. Could you dig it out? Otherwise a lawn weedkiller than isn’t an all in one should do it, but may need more than one go.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 06:51

Morning all. Body clock doesn’t understand about the new time. 

Hadn’t realised  was your birthday, Lily P, glad you had a good day.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 22:06

Had a lovely time today. Gravad Lax made by SonIL and oysters, then roast pork with real crackling, SIL went to a butcher and ordered it as the French usually take the skin off, then a selection of yummy patisseries. Son 1, who lives on the edge of Burgundy, brought some really good wine. But I lost a filling on the crackling, son 2, the Dentist, will repair it tomorrow.

We caught the train after lunch, but it wasn't the steam one as it's boiler failed the inspection so it's being repaired. It was a diesel engine. All the staff were dressed in Halloween outfits, so were the children. But the engine went wrong before we'd got very far and wouldn't go more than 5kms an hour! We were supposed to stop half way and have pumpkin soup for the grownups and sweets and soft drinks for the children and someone was going to read a scary story to the children, then back to the train for the second stage to a picturesque water mill and games for the children. But that didn't happen. We took nearly 2 hours to get to the first stop, the whole journey should take 40 mins. So we just had the refreshments while an engineer came and found the problem then we returned to the start. But it was fun all the same and the grandchildren played with other children on the train. It's an old line that was closed and a group of retired people have taken it over and run it through the summer.

Glad I recorded the Strictly results.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 07:54

Morning all.
Glad you had a lovely day, Chicky.

We are going to daughter 2 for lunch. Son 1 will be there, so I will see 5 grandchildren, includes a baby to cuddle. In the afternoon we are going on a special Halloween steam train ride, children in fancy dress.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 22:28

This afternoon I went and tidied up first OH's grave in the village cemetery. I planted it like a gravel bed with rockery plants for ease of maintenance. I had also planted a white rose called "Silver Anniversary" which SIL and BIL gave us for our 25th anniversary in July '98. I hadn't yet planted it in the garden when he died that November. Usually the cemetery has been tidied up in October and people have put chrysanthemums on the graves, but it was full of weeds and not many chrysanthemums. There was a notice on the gate saying it is now a herbicide free area. The French are trying to ban glyphosate. But it would be good if they could gather some people together to go and weed it. I weeded a bit.

Horse manure

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 22:14

Horse manure is too acid to put on plants before it has rotted. It needs to be left in a heap to rot for at least 6 months until it is black and crumbly. It will then be slightly acid, more acid than garden compost which is around neutral, so it should be OK for rhododendrons. You could always buy a soil testing kit.

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