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Waterlogged Lawn

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 17:12

I think I should write a crib sheet for this question as you're right it's constantly a question on here. You may well have either clay soil or compaction. Neither is quick to sort out. I'd lift the grass and have a look, try and get a fork into the soil. You'll find it hard to get very far if it's compacted and clay be will wet and claggy. If it's compaction you need to lift the turf and break up the soil underneath, removing builders rubbish as you go. Then you can add well rotted manure and think about laying the turf or seed it. If it's clay dig a hole, a spades depth and see if water collects and how long it takes to drain. The longer it takes the worse the problem. If it's clay there's little long term solution other than to take everything off and dig it adding maure and as much grit as you can which will slowly improve the drainage. If you have seriously poor drainage the best option is land drains. 

Sorry I can't provide an easy answer. 


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:53

Teresa you can only light prune azaleas, hard pruning will kill it. Just remove damaged or dead stems, then follow Lyn's advice.

Welcome addition or weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:50

Looks like sweet William.

Old Azaleas

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:47

A light prune after flowering, and I mean light, removing old stems and dead wood will help and then a feed and mulch will encourage new growth Ellie. They can be either perfectly reliable or down right temperamental in my experience, especially when large.

Sad news rip Victoria Wood

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:42


Lawn from seed

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:40

Parky it's been warm cold, warm cold, wet cold etc. Not ideal for grass seed. Patience is a virtue in these conditions.

Whats gone wrong with my Rhododendron?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:37

Most likely is leaf spot, fungal infection aggravated by wet conditions. Do as Verdun has suggested. Many plants have suffered this winter but we have to put up with it.

Weed or hollyhock

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 12:35

Weed, garlic mustard.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:45

Saw a swift this morning.

Advice on fuschia cuttings please

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:44

Just let them grow for now Kitty. When the new shoots reach about  4 inches pinch out the tips to encourage branching stems. Well done by the way, always nice to succeed with cuttings.

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