London (change)
Fri 6°C / 1°C
Tomorrow 4°C / 1°C

Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

When should I plant Phlox

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:54

Get them in now , they will have a better chance of establishing even with the recent colder weather, it won't continue so they will have at least a month to settle before the first proper frosts arrive.

Bricks for lawn edging

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 19:19

Hogweeds suggestion of paviors is a good one, but I'd still use a base as suggested, they can be cheaper than bricks as well and available from any good builders merchant. Levelling is easy, use a spirit level and lay them directly opposite each other and move in a clockwise direction till you have your desired effect, for wider area's use a plank or scaffold board. If the area is too big for a board get the first one level and use that as a guide for the next one, side by side. 

Laying grass on stones!

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 15:13

How big is the gravel craig and what's the soil depth underneath? If it's pea gravel 10mm then just dig it in it will make the lawn more free draining which will prevent moss growth. I'ts likely to be a bit compacted after having gravel on top for a while, so digging it over would be advisable to loosen the top 6 inches to aid drainage and rooting. If you've removed most of the gravel I wouldn't worry too much anyway. It may help us if you knew what sort of soil you're laying turf on, if on clay then leave the gravel to improve drainage.

Bricks for lawn edging

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 15:04

Sorry David K but steve isn't laying bricks, he's creating a foundation on which bricks will be laid. Your mix will be 3 to1 sharp sand/cement. 4 to 1 will be too sloppy for a foundation and the bricks won't be even as some will sink into the mortar. Washing up liquid is great for laying bricks but not for a foundation which needs to set relatively quickly.

Chasmanthe Query

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 12:43

According to various sites, they won't be hardy in the uk. I'd lift them and put them in pots in the GH and plant out next spring, although they are sold as hardy on some sites.

buying young plants

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:52

It really depends on the weather peanuts. Buying in young plants now is ok if you have greenhouses and cold frames, but really now isn't a good idea, they won't be large enough or have developed enough of a root system to go into the ground by september. Many companies are guilty of selling off excess stock at this time just to get rid and make more space. Personally I'd leave it for now unless you invest in the GH or cold frames.

Canada Geese going home : (

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:47

We have resident populations of Canada geese in the UK who don't migrate, we also have several sub species who do migrate. I'd be more guided by swallows martins and swifts who are still flying about freely and feeding. When they gather on the telephone wires then autumn is really coming.

advice please

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:23

Try this link billie pretty simple really.

slabs havent stuck

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:43

Hogweed, you can't wet cement that's already set.


To mow or not to mow.........

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:32

I leave new laid turf for at least a month before cutting. I find leaving it for a while gives it a chance to settle and put down some extra roots before cutting and then a cut on the highest setting you have on your mower. Grass right now isn't growing as quickly so I'd give it a trim in about a week and then wait another month as growth will soon start to diminish significantly unless we get an Indian summer.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

New Pots in bags

Replies: 12    Views: 155
Last Post: 22/01/2015 at 19:00

Compost Advice

Replies: 11    Views: 384
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 12:33

PM for Artjak Compost advice

Replies: 0    Views: 128
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 15:06

Plant ID's please

Replies: 12    Views: 397
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 10:23

Two ID's please

Replies: 25    Views: 442
Last Post: 16/12/2014 at 20:42

Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
Replies: 21    Views: 796
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 15:33

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
Replies: 2    Views: 182
Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 21:40

Best Thornproof Gloves

Replies: 3    Views: 773
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 23:10

Clematis for a dry bank

Replies: 6    Views: 463
Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

Replies: 3    Views: 315
Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

Replies: 17    Views: 2266
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
Replies: 8    Views: 632
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
Replies: 5    Views: 1059
Last Post: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
13 threads returned