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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.

Hiring a lawn scarifier

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:34

If it's that bad improve the drainage, that's your best chance of ridding yourself of the moss.

Perfect lawns are hard work, scarify spike, brush in sharp sand, reseed. It can take a year or two or more depending on what sort of ground you have. It's a labour of love or hate depending on your point of view.

Moss loves moisture and shade, so solve those problems before hiring a machine.

Strawberrys Second Year

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:30

I'd just wait a while Ben. When you see the new growth really starting to come up, then just trim back the affected leaves.

Gathering seeds etc from the flowers in my garden

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:49

Sorry LucyL, but almost everything you mention is propagated by cuttings or splitting. The geranium will seed but again it's easier to split them.

Most of the things on the seed swap thread are left overs from bought seed.

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:13

If they are in pots remove any debris and burn or bin,then remove the top two inches of compost and add some fresh. Right now they should be quite dormant, so you won't have that much foliage. Get some Rose Clear and spray the whole plant AND the top of the compost. Feed them when the new foliage emerges and keep them well watered throughout the growing season. Spray every fortnight with rose clear covering the whole plant. Feed again after the first flush of flowers.

Inspect them regularly and re-spry at he first sign of any repeated infection.

If they aren't in pots the same regime applies.

The spores that cause black spot lie in the soil surrounding the plant, so removal and spraying is essential, sorry about the ashes, but it has to go.

What is this?>??

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:19

Whatever it is I wouldn't worry about it. Just pull it out.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:37

Picked up 3 hosta's for next to nothing, very healthy, bareroot and not dried out in the slightest. Already potted and in the cold frame.

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:34

If you have a look at the crocus/RHS websites, you can use the filters on the left to select wildlife friendly shrubs and plants.

A simple bird table near the conifers would attract a variety of birds and with regular menu's of free food you'll soon have  a loyal following. Have a bit of patience though as sometimes it takes a while for word to get round.

Also have a look at the RSPB website as to best types of food and when. 

It's getting to spring and birds are already starting to pair up, so a regular supply of food especially for chicks would be a good idea. 

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