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Once leather jackets have fed they go deeper into the ground to escape predators. I'm not surprised you can't find any they've eaten their fill. So as Verdun has said treat it in late summer after the crane flies have have laid their eggs it should help, although a repeat application a month later will achieve best results.
Mo11, I'd wait, colder weather is coming in the next 7-10 days including frost. This will induce dormancy very quickly, you don't want to encourage new buds just yet.
If your neighbours lawns are OK then I'd consider having a dig around and look for leather jackets as the main cause. I presume your neighbouring lawns have similar exposure to salt spray and as it initially took and grew well drainage wouldn't be an issue.
For those of you interested, colder and maybe more importantly drier weather is on the way.
You mean wood v aluminium. To be honest there's little difference other than the aesthetic's in my experience. Well maintained they'll both last for years. Maintenance on aluminium is lower and easier, budget wise aluminium works out cheaper as well. The growing conditions will be the same inside although some people think aluminium is slightly hotter. It's down to budget or personal preference.
Add some grit to the potting mix they don't like wet feet.
Ficus benjamena or weeping fig. Temperamental in some houses.
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It's a money plant or Crassula Ovata/jade plant.
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You'd be better off buying 2-3 year old shrubs Joyce. Shrubs sold in 9cm pots are last years cuttings and will take another 2 years to really get going and four for £20 is expensive in my opinion. If you go to any decent garden centre you'll pay that for more established shrubs. Verdun is right pay that little bit more it'll be worth the extra few quid in the long run.
As you're renting I'd be reluctant to do anything more than apply a weed and feed in spring. That will reduce the number of weeds overall and improve the appearance. It's been so wet this year so far that a any drainage issues couldn't be assessed properly till spring. If you don't have standing water I'd suggest the drainage is passable. Neglected lawns will have moss no matter what. After the weed and feed you could scarify the lawn and repair any patches with fresh seed. After that I'd wait and see how it develops. People spend fortunes trying to attain the perfect lawn, but if it's not your property a passable lawn is all you really need.