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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:40

And a thick mulch of well rotted compost or manure.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 22:00

Kids + paddling pool = mudbath. If it's a regular feature then you'll need to be prepared to sacrifice a small area for a while. I'd get some tanalised  wood from the builders merchants and create a square, lay membrane and put down play sand so the pool can sit on top.

As for the lawn, even though it's east facing it should get some sun.

Drainage must be an issue, so regular spiking and brushing in sharp sand will improve it. Use a grass seed for shade to reseed it and use a mixture of sharp sand and compost to sow the seed into.

Lifting the lawn each spring increases air in the soil which combats compaction (You push a fork into the grass and literally lift it till the surface cracks).

Over time it will improve, but it's hard work. 

Advice on what to do with existing turf bed before laying new ornamental turf

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:44

Grass needs just a few inches 4 max to set down roots properly. Many lawns are laid on a lot less on new build property.

Permeable membranes allow nutrients and micro biology to move back and forth, and drainage won't be a problem.

So that's the depth your'e aiming for to lay on.

If you haven't got that much then it'll be difficult for the new turf to take.


Aluminium posts

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:37

It depends how many aluminium pans you eat Dove.

Advice on what to do with existing turf bed before laying new ornamental turf

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:35

Well if it's a permeable membrane, there's no real need to remove it. That is as long as you have sufficient depth of soil above it. It's just a case of laying a new lawn. As you've done it before you know how. It won't settle much due to the membrane.

Advice on what to do with existing turf bed before laying new ornamental turf

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 16:15

Old laid membrane is a pain to remove, it tears. If I understand properly what you've outlined you'll be laying on top of an existing lawn. Are you laying synthetic turf or the real thing?

Aluminium posts

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 16:07

Basically no. Aluminium doesn't corrode.  

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 16:05

If the soil is baked hard, then get your fork and push it in at an angle of 45 degrees and lift the turf till the soil cracks. This is about an inch or two. It allows air into the soil and improves drainage. Combine that with the sharp sand treatment and it will improve.

Desirable For Employers?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:45

I'd get the small business management one personally. If your'e going into any form of horticulture business skills will be very useful especially if you want to set up on your own.

Gathering seeds etc from the flowers in my garden

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:39

Lucy you can chop the geranium with a spade no problem, but they pull apart quite easily or use a sharp knife. You can split the vinca in a similar way. I think there is a section on splitting perennials in the how to section. I know there's advice on cuttings there as well.

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