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Grass cutting

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 09:18

if it is dry and a frost is not expected, cut higher than you might normally and if possible use a grass collector. Leaving any clumps of grass would not be good.  It is typical we may be entering a cold snap and in Devon I have a frost!

It is good to keep on top of it and even a slightly higher cut makes it look so much better, just don't leave those clumps of grass on the lawn if required rake them up!


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 09:46

My Tesco often has a large batch of plants that are a very good price; yesterday it was very healthy looking hydrangeas & lavender.  What worries me is it takes business from all the year round nurseries and garden centres, which are perhaps only just making a living in these difficult times.  We are all driven by price, but at what cost to small businesses? National chains have put many small independents out of business, including florists, cloths shops, butchers, green grocers, fish shops to name but a few, we are all guilty but if on occasion we could use the small store or high street a bit more, we may be able to make a difference to the dominance of the big stores, who drive down the prices from the suppliers and dominate the market.  (Must get off my soap box)  


Posted: 16/02/2013 at 11:36

is there anything  can spread on the lawn now to kill off some of the moss before perhaps I scarify, moss seems to be the biggest issue down here this year.


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 14:33

Thanks, its a shame I can't do anything now though.


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 10:18

looks like leave it alone maybe best - thanks. I will spend time on the rest of the garden.  The problem is next break is Easter and if that is wet I end up trying to scarify too late and can make it look worse, what sort of times do you do what jobs to sort out lawns please?

This video is good - but I'm still unsure when to do these jobs? (it is often a bit wet in Devon!)

Monty's video on lawn renovation:


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 09:54

I like to have a fairly nice lawn (I’m far from obsessive) it’s full of moss after the winter we have had,  it’s obviously fairly wet at the moment  –  not excessively as a gentle slope - we may have a ‘dry’ week next week, should I leave well alone, high cut sometime soon, weed and feed, borrow a scarifier, I’ve heard of using sand (?)  - any suggestions please? (we should not have a frost in Devon next week)

What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 20:24

I would say a prune would do it good to get the air round it a bit more, help with pollination and help prevent some diseases. 

'Apple and pear trees should be pruned every winter to ensure a good crop of fruit the following season.' (RHS) some tips: 


Red currant pruning

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 21:53

They are not as easy to prune as Blackcurrents where I just cut back hard the old fruited wood.  However Redcurrants also bear their fruit on old wood. Prune bushes by removing diseased or only very old branches in winter, then prune new growth back to two buds in early summer to keep plants compact. Leaders should be pruned to outward facing buds unless the branches are bending or crossing, keep the middle open, they then should be cut to upward + outward  facing buds. Best left until they have started fruiting.

Good luck,


Posted: 22/12/2012 at 21:41
Lyn wrote (see)

I live on the edge of Dardmoor, very high, windy and bleak at times, and have never killed one either, I saw it right down in March, but have taken them right down in October. they dont die.

on the edge of Dartmoor myself and never killed one either - yet!


Posted: 22/12/2012 at 08:57

I leave the seed heads for the birds, but the plant can get damaged by wind rock in the winter.  I prune on a dry (Ha Ha) mid winters day and a bit more in the spring.  I believe the book would say (as above) prune half to two thirds early winter to stop wind rock, prune back more in early spring. they are very tough, linzbfc you can get away with a great deal if they are a mess.  chica if they come back too strong take cuttings which take well and replant.  As we know fantastic or wildlife and a great plant that needs little attention other than a good prune every year.

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