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Weed identification

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 13:35

That's dog lichen, it's not a weed. Treatment - none, but you need to improve the drainage drastically  by getting a fork and going quite deep, 4-6 inches and lifting the lawn. Brush in good quantities of sharp sand and grit. You'll need to do this 5 or 6 times a year as your ground is compacted and the drainage is very poor. Shade is probably a problem where this is, sowing grass seed suitable for shady area's would help. You won't cure this easily unless you went to the expense of lifting the whole lot, then opening up the top 12 inches of soil and adding plenty of grit and sharp sand mixed with compost.

Primrose help needed

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 09:52

If they are going in to pots, I've just done some. They are hardy so they should last, they normally do for me, and in late spring I pop mine into beds. The one's I planted this spring are flowering well already. I guess your'e talking about polyanthus rather than the native primrose, even so both are hardy and I pop mine in at anytime.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 14:44

It won't be worms eating your bulbs, can't help with that, its more likely to be mice.

You can't move worms they live in the soil under the lawn and are essential for soil health. So you can't do much I'm afraid.

Just plant more bulbs.

My sad Rosemary plant :(

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 13:56

Ideal mix for rosemary is sharp sand and grit, with about 25% compost and full sun even in winter. Wouldn't agree with nut on hardiness, if the drainage is right mine have been down to -12 to -15 C and they are huge, 3ft plus.

Growing on tulips

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:21

If you feed the tulips after flowering, the bulbs should be bigger. You won't stop bulblets forming, that natural reproduction. As for growing them on if you pop the offsets into a nursery bed they take a few years to get to any size, but you'll get more with patience. Don't let the small bulbs flower either, snap off the flowering heads and feed them with a foliar feed at the same time as you feed other bulbs. 

Help Wallflowers

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:15

Wall flowers like good drainage, if their feet are too wet they do rot. A mix of mpc and sharp sand and grit would be a lot better for them than just mpc, and with winter rain a water reservoir wouldn't work well.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:09

After the first frost has blackened the foliage, dig them up, brush off the soil as best you can then put them upside down to let them drain for a week or so and then store them frost free over winter.

Lawn issues

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:28

Nicola, in your opening post you have post you have identified the problem in one, wetter weather see's the grass thin. It's drainage. Lawns if they aren't spiked and air let in become compacted that's why in Autumn and spring lawns need to be spiked, lifted slightly, scarified etc and generally maintained. Where some of the previous posters have come from, no offence to any of the above, I really don't know. Lawns however you keep them need this regime, or the grass thins. Leatherjackets have hatched and flown and laid new eggs by now, but the wet is the problem. 

Yellowing Pinks

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:19

First frost will see the flowering stems die off. Just cut them back. If they need splitting they're easy to split or take cuttings from in spring. It's that time of year really, don't worry about it.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:13

Your'e more likely to die of an accident in your own home or driving your car to and from work than be poisoned in your own garden. I've seen so many people die from sudden events and sad as it was to see, if I die in my garden, at least I would die happy. I can't think of a place where I would rather pop my clogs.

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