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11 Jan 2018 17:34
So I ordered the following 4 medium sized plants a couple of days ago:
Choisya 'White Dazzler'
Azalea japonica 'Madame Van Hecke'
Erysimum Bowles Mauve
Also bought Hebe Mrs Winder
11 Jan 2018 10:24
Thanks Borderline. Why do you think lavenders and Dianthus aren't suitable? I had them on the list because they are already in my back garden, I like the look of them, they don't get too big and they are evergreens. I do like the ones you suggested too and am considering them instead. I only need about 4 small plants to go in between the medium plants.
10 Jan 2018 11:55
Yeah I think I will probably do that. If I buy the plants now, is it OK to leave the plants in pots outside?
10 Jan 2018 11:24
As I said I won't be planting them when it's frozen and almost all of the plants I'm selecting are evergreen. I'm only going to plant about 4 (medium sized ones) now so I can plant the bulbs around them. I have to plant the bulbs now otherwise they will die. The 4 plants won't be more than 40 pounds or so and I don't really want to wait till March/April time to plant them and my bulbs will have died by then. I am willing to take that risk. Someone from a garden centre also said I could plant now provided it's not frozen. Perhaps I'll buy the plants (mostly from online nurseries) and just leave them in their pots.Thanks.
09 Jan 2018 14:49
I might take a chance and plant them. I have about 40 bulbs and I really want to plant them soon. Thing is I want to plant the bulbs around the 4 medium sized plants so I need them to be in before I plant the bulbs. I could then cover everything with a winter fleece cover for a few weeks until they get established.
09 Jan 2018 13:12
Hi Obelixx, I don't really have any room to plant them in bigger pots and keep them. If I plant them when it's relatively mild (min temps not colder than 2,3C) for a few days and plenty of compost and mulch, will they survive?
08 Jan 2018 23:41
Thanks Borderline for the reply. Is it OK to plant them at this time of the year provided it won't be too frosty?
08 Jan 2018 12:18
Thank you. Any suggestions on the plants for the front border? And whether I should plant them now?
08 Jan 2018 11:58
Hi Ladies and gents, I need some advice on a couple of things.
Firstly, I'm getting my front garden done (New brick fence, new limestone foothpath and blue slate in the rest of the garden). I'm wondering what to plant in the new flower bed/border along the new brick fence.
I'm in west London and the front garden is pretty small. It's only about 5m wide and about 4m long. The brick wall is about 90cm tall and 4m wide. So the border is about 4m long and 50cm wide. It's North facing but I doubt it gets a huge amount of sunlight due to other trees in the vicinity. Regarding the plants I was thinking 4 medium size evergreen plants (max height of 1.5m or so) , 4,5 small plants to go in between and some bulbs as well. So I've come up with these so far:
medium sized plants -
choisya ternata white dazzler or choisya ternata sundance
A couple of Azalea/Dwarf Rhododendrons
Small plants/shurbs -
Some lavender, Hebe and Dianthus
Various narcissus and crocus bulbs
What do you think of this list? Do you have any suggestions?
Also is it OK to plan them now? I see that this week it's not going to be so cold (minimum temps over 2C)
The other thing I am after help is on the weed bulbs growing in my new lawn in the backgarden. I want to get rid of them/kill them.
I had my back garden landscaped last year (turf laid in February). Prior to that, the back garden was in a jungle like state with lots of bulbs (but didn't really see any flowers on them unless I'm mistaken). I think the landscape gardener didn't use a weedkiller when he cleared the garden so the bulbs remained and they started growing through the newly laid turf. I tried to dig some of them out without damaging the lawn too much and also cut the tops off them.
Annoyingly, they are starting to grow through the lawn again. They have quite hard leaves and when I walked on them it felt crunchy. I tried cutting the tops off them using a trowel.There must have been about a hundred of them.
Digging them out is not an option as I don't want holes in the lawn. Can you please suggest another solution? If I apply round up gel on them, will they die?
Last edited: 08 January 2018 12:00:04
03 Nov 2017 13:02
Thank you all for your replies. I will leave the lawn as is and assess next year :)
31 Oct 2017 16:22
I cropped the image maybe you it might be clearer now.
31 Oct 2017 13:00
Thanks for the reply fairygirl. I think the pictures probably don't tell the full story or aren't clear enough. The lawn is definitely thinner at the end compared to rest of the lawn. We don't really use the gate at the end so it's not like we walk on it a lot. At the moment it's not too bad but I'm worried that it'll get worse and more grass will die/more ground will be exposed.
With the Acer, I see the leaves of the branches at the bottom are healthier looking. The ones at the end have ends that are dead looking. And I've already removed a lot of those leaves. I am not sure if it's a disease or it's just normal for the leaves to be looking like that this time of the year. Mind you it started a couple of months ago.
31 Oct 2017 11:44
I started a thread few months ago about my new lawn having bumps due to bulbs growing underneath and I had really helpful replies/suggestions so was wondering if you could help me with another issue (2 actually) I'm having.
So my garden and lawn are looking great and for the most part very healthy. However I can see that the lawn is starting to thin out at the end, near the gate. It's still very green but I can actually see the ground/mud through the grass in this part. I suspect this is due to lack of sunlight and poor drainage there. Before my garden was landscaped/new turf laid, there used to be a concrete patio at the end (about 2,3 meters long) so we removed this. I remember the drainage at that end was pretty poor and it was very boggy for a couple of months (we did the work end of last year). My landscape gardener added sand and topsoil to prepare for the lawn and I used a garden fork to make holes in the ground before laying turf to improve drainage a bit.
I haven't really seen it water logged or anything but it does seem to have more moisture than parts of the lawn.
What can I do to stop the lawn thinning out? I spoke to my landscape gardener and he reckons reseeding + a lawn feed would help. What are your thoughts on this? I believe the lawn is a Rolawn and it's rye grass. Should I use rye seeds or a mixture of rye and fiscue (shade tolerant grass)?
The other issue is my Acer Sangokaku tree at the end (left hand side and doesn't' get a lot of sun either) although looked very healthy for a few months, in the last couple of months has started to look like it has a disease on it's leaves. I am not sure if you can see clearly but I see the leaves at the top are dying/dead basically don't look very healthy. What could be causing this and what can I do to remedy this?
Thanks in advance.
17 Mar 2017 14:13
Great thanks a lot guys. I'm not so annoyed/angry anymore :)
Will a lawn weedkiller work regardless of the type of weed or bulb it is? (someone suggested it might be bluebells though I haven't seen any flowers yet).
Is it not recommended to use glyphosate gel on them?
17 Mar 2017 13:03
How do I find out what type of weed it is? Should I take a couple of them to a garden centre? Would a lawn weed killer, kill these?
17 Mar 2017 12:52
Yeah a lot of weeds were removed from the garden but I am not sure if the preparation was good enough. I am quite new to all this gardening stuff so didn't really know what would be a good job.
At the time I did ask him about weed killer but he said they don't work.
What can the gardener realistically do though? Is it a lot of effort and money to relay the turf?
The gardener is a mate of a mate so I can't be too harsh on him either.
17 Mar 2017 12:40
The bumps are definitely from the bulb weeds as they are quite thick and hard and when they are growing they are lifting the newly laid turf.
I'm not sure if the gardener would be happy to relay it (most probably won't) unless I go down the legal route. How much would it cost to remove the turf and relay it? Will you have to prepare the ground again and apply top soil?
17 Mar 2017 12:00
Thanks fidgetbones. That's a bit of releif. As you can imagine I was so annoyed/angry after spending all that money thinking I'm not going to have a nice lawn.
Can you recommend a particular glyphosate gel? Will this kill the weed including the bulb after one application or will I have to repeat this for a while?
What can I do about the bumps though? the lawn is not level because these bushes are growing under it! Should I used a roller as suggested by one of my mates?
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17 Mar 2017 11:26
I recently got a landscape gardener to put in a new patio, clear the garden, create flower beds and lay new turf.
The garden was a bit like a jungle with lots of weeds. Here's a before picture:
Landscape gardener laid turf 3 weeks ago and I can see there are lots bulb weeds coming through the turf especially where 2 strips of turf meet. The lawn area is probably about 10m x 4m. I walked on the lawn for the first time yesterday since it was laid and I could feel the turf being very bumpy. The bumps are quite big and feel hard. I think these are created by the bulb weeds trying to grow under the turf which is lifting the turf up.
Here are some pictures from the lawn and flower beds:
There were couple of areas where it was really bad with big bunches of weed plants coming up through the gap between 2 turf strips. so last night I moved the turf bits to the side to expose the weeds and tried to dig out the weeds and bulbs. I managed to remove the leaves but don't think I got all the bulbs out. They seemed to be too deep and I didn't want to cause too much damage to the turf. I then poured a bit of hot water in to the soil where the weeds were (was careful not to pour them on to grass) as I read that hot water can kill weeds, added a bit of soil to cover the hole and then moved the turf back. I hope I haven't damaged the turf too much.
There are probably 10-20 weeds that I can see come through the turf but a lot more bumps (weeds still under the turf).
I don't know what to do. It's not possible to remove the weeds that's under the turf (but not in between 2 strips of turf) without having to dig out parts of the turf which will create holes.
I see lots of these weeds in flower beds but I can at least dig these out.
Obviously I am very annoyed at the situation. I don't think my landscape gardener used a weed killer when he prepared the ground. I did ask him at the time about a weed killer but he said 'they don't work'. However number of articles online about laying turf, seem to suggest using a glyphosate weed killer.
Also I saw lots of bulbs (presumably weeds) were on the ground before he laid turf and I'm not even sure he removed them before laying turf.
Is there anything I can do to get rid of these weeds without destroying the turf? What can I do about the bumps? (someone at work said use a roller).
Will I have to get it re-turfed? Perhaps I should ask the landscape gardener to do this!
thanks in advance for your input.