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Help, turf over crushed slate chippings

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:39

If you try and do half a job by covering the slate you'll find your lawn will struggle because of it. The roots will struggle to penetrate the slate and will dry out come summer creating a dead yellow awful mess and a complete waste of money.

What you could try doing is sticking a post up on gumtree asking if anyone wants free / cheap slate chippings: all they have to do is take them away themselves! Ask around with friends and family as well: there's a lot to be said for labour that can be brought with promises of a BBQ and drink when you're all finished and if it helps someone else finish their garden even better.

With regards to topsoil I had it delivered in one ton bags straight to my driveway from the local builders merchants. I just needed to wheelbarrow it into the back garden.You shouldn't struggle at all with getting it.

Now there are advantages and disadvantages to turf verses grass seeds. But with BOTH you wont be walking in it for at least a month while it establishes itself. Turf costs more but does create an instant effect and of course by covering the soil stops weeds establishing themselves. Remember with BOTH to choose a type of grass suitable for you: do you need it to be hardwearing for animals and children for instance? Seed is hugely cheaper but you do loose that instant effect.

Of course if you want an instant garden that you can walk on straight away with minimal fuss have you considered artificial turf? You wouldn't need to worry so much about the slate removal (no roots = no problem) and it can be fitted in a day. Maintenance is somewhat easier and it will always be ready for summer.

Shan't be using Crocus again

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:30

That's disgusting Geum. Because of the courier cocking it up I can guarantee if anyone at Crocus has any sense they'll not be paying for delivery so why should you!

I hope that it DOES actually arrive today and that you can revive it. Otherwise I would be tempted to take the box, fill it with horse poop and send it to them.

gallery of shame

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:26

Plant Pauper: my partner is actually allergic to plaster dust so I have to tidy up while I chip it off the wall to keep things at a minimum for him (because apparently trying to get him to live in a tent in the garden for six months just isn't fair). Unfortunately this also means that this is probably one of the cleanest rooms in the house.

The corpse is a fantastic feature that I like to call distraction therapy. Stare at him long enough and you'll not notice the hole in the roof!

gallery of shame

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 06:53

I shall take some photographs this afternoon for you all to delight in. But as a hint; when the inside of the house looks like this 

don't expect the outside to be perfect!

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 06:47

Morning all!

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 19:26

It wouldn't be a bank holiday without some DIY. More knocking plaster off the walls. This possibly 1950s wallpaper at least features appropriate decorations!

Please Recommend a Liquid Slug Killer

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:18

I was going to suggest beer; maybe you can just put it out at night?

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 08:08

Morning all. Haven't read back much yet; struggling to wake myself up! More tea required. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 07:22

Morning all. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 07:28

Morning all. Expecting it to be very quiet at work today; it feels like most of Sheffield have left to go to Wembley. I hope they had their jabs.

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