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20 May 2017 18:11
Thanks a million, and you'll all be delighted to hear that the seedling has now been removed (and it's true - the root was tough to get out!!).
20 May 2017 08:39
I do agree with you, and in an ideal world the border would be much wider, BUT I've only got a very limited space to play with, and if you look back to my older post from September you'll see that I've already widened it from what it was. I'd love a bigger garden - and in due time I'll have one - but for now I'm going to make do. On the plus side, the border does widen significantly the further up the garden you go (you can't see it clearly in the photo I attached to my post).
I'll certainly be keeping well on top of the pruning side of things though to ensure nothing encroaches too much on the grass, and I hope - in time - that it'll become a little gem.
Further advice welcomed!
19 May 2017 23:21
Thanks to you both!
19 May 2017 23:16
A few of you may recall that I posted back in September last year regarding the newbuild property I'd recently moved in to, and I'm happy to report that I've been making (slow) progress extended the beds, adding top quality soil to a depth of about 2ft, and also - just recently - adding some plants/shrubs.
There's still plenty to do mind you, but I wanted to get your thoughts on two questions:-
1. What climbers should I put up this wall? It's south facing so pretty much gets the sun all day long.
2. Further up from the Beauty of Moscow Lilac Tree I'd like to plant a larger tree, but it obviously can't be huge as it's only a relatively small garden. Something that will:-
a) Be quick growing
b) Provide some sort of screening from the property over the road
c) Be aesthetically pleasing
On a side note, the slugs are devouring my recently planted Dahlia's (have put beer into an ice cream tub tonight to catch some of the blighters), and the Weigela that my grandmother gave me (next to the California Lilac) doesn't look like it's going to take.
19 May 2017 22:46
This plant/tree/shrub has recently appeared in my mother's garden, and it's growing at quite a pace.
Can any of you extremely knowledgeable individuals become a hero and identify this specimen for me?
17 Sep 2016 21:58
Guys, you're making me blush....
17 Sep 2016 19:46
Thanks to you all, it's most appreciated! Shall keep you updated...
17 Sep 2016 19:42
Thanks all, though I've not a clue what the last 10 posts were about!!
16 Sep 2016 12:34
Excellent advice, all gratefully received.
Therefore my plan for the coming 6 months is simply:-
a) Continue to mow whilst grass grows, but raise mower to 'medium' cutting height (it was on the lowest level, hence why the grass looks so poor)
b) Hold off on the 4 in 1 and apply this in the spring.
c) Give it time!
It's true I want everything NOW, but it's also true that this lawn will never be a bowling green. I knew this already as I've two young kids.....
One other question - should I put down seed in areas I consider as having poor grass coverage (such as the front left of the lawn, as you see in the picture) ??
15 Sep 2016 23:38
God bless you Nutcutlet and Nutcracker.....
15 Sep 2016 23:35
Have recently moved into a new-build, and when we moved in the quality of the lawn that the developer has laid was terrible. I've managed to recover it to how it looks now (below), but how can I make it even better? The black patches you see are where I've added 'patch magic' to fill in some gaps, but you can see it still looks - overall - pretty poor.
I have just purchased some 4 in 1, seed, and more patch magic, so am going to do my best to get it looking pristine, but I'm an extremely inexperienced gardener and would therefore welcome all advice.
15 Sep 2016 23:29
Any advice here would be VERY much welcomed....
I moved into a new-build property in late June, and I'm now getting around to looking at the rear garden. It's East facing, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning, and as the border sections get plenty in the afternoon too.
My knowledge of gardening is somewhat limited, but it's something I'm beginning to take a keen interest in, and therefore I want to make sure I get this right.
I've enclosed a couple of pictures so you've a visual, but I'm thinking of doing the following:-
a) Widening border space to allow for double planting (i.e. a tall shrub against the wall, with smaller perennials/annuals at the front)
b) Taking a semi-circle of grass out about half way up the border, planting a small tree, and surrounding it with some colourful plants/shrubs.
c) Possibly removing the grass in front of the garage (to the right of the garden) and adding some shade loving shrubs there too as the grass is struggling (level of sunlight there is poor)
d) The area behind the garage (a somewhat strange little area) is currently grassed, but that gets little/no sunlight too, so the grass is struggling as well. I thought about taking a good chunk of the grass out and planting something here too.
e) Gradually covering the brickwork with a climber. Boston Ivy, perhaps.
Would love to get some opinions on what I should do with this blank canvass. What I'd really like is to have:-
1) Some privacy from the houses across the street
2) A focal point (the small tree, for example), and then build around it.
Any opinions on the design, and also what types of tree/shrub/plants to use would be most welcomed! Please, help a beginner out!!!
15 Sep 2016 23:08
And if anybody can also let me know what these two are it would be appreciated. Assume they're standard - low maintenance - shrubs that many developers use, but they don't appear to be the most exciting...
15 Sep 2016 23:06
First post (of many, I'm sure), so be gentle.
I was just wondering what this shrub is that the developers have planted in my front garden? There are a couple of these things.....