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lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:51

Frank, re: the compost heap: there is actually nowhere else to put one. what you see in that pic is pretty much what we have. i could probably get a rubber dalek one and stick it up the side of the house, that would be on top of a drain cover though with paving slabs around.

thanks for the advice

lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:24

by the way. i did think about re-positioning the cammelia, and putting a compost bin in that left hand corner.

lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 12:23

Hi Frank,

thanks for the suggestion. and yes, i hate the fence too. the intention definitely is to hide it and surround the garden with much more nice looking things. i am literally starting from scratch, and there are many areas of the garden to do so its where to start.

the border is already at the back, its gravel (the same one that goes up the sides in the picture.

what plants would you suggest? the soil is very acidic, heavy clay. i quite like cupressus/goldcrest, something like this: theres no danger on height particularly, as there is a house behind that back fence anyway.

worth buying primroses now?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:58

Hi there,

in birmingham, i tested the soil and its between acidic - very acidic (6.5 5), heavy clay, and poor drainage in places. i had in mind to put them on display in pots (i have 3x 22cm pots), taking them out when their season is over then putting them somewhere until next year, replacing them with a different flower and keep it rotated year round. does that sound reasonable to do?

worth buying primroses now?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:43


the local nursery is selling off some primroses, 50p each or 30 for £10. they are full bloomed, wondered if they were worth buying and if so what to do with them once they are done flowering for the year?

crinodendron recovery

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:41

if memory serves me right, i think some miracle gro stuff was used, this one:

what do you suggest? taking it out and re-potting? i actually wanted to plant it in amongst a gravel bed at the back of the garden, but would keep it in a pot until it returns to better health if thats the best thing for it for now.

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:36

with regards to the wooden compost bins with no hatch - how do you go about getting the compost out from the bottom?

crinodendron recovery

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:31


we have a crinodendron, although not as big as this one: (the label on ours says growth is 5ft/4ft)

here is the state it is in:

it looks like there is couch grass growing in that pot too?

any advice on what to do with it?

lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 11:25


thanks for the reply. ive got some pics of the garden here, if anyone wants to take a look and suggest, please feel free or give me a better diagnosis of the condition of the grass? the picture makes it look drier than i thought it was.

the red line is where the worst moss is, and gets no sun pretty much. part of the left corner, where the commelia is, gets sun in the afternoon and the evening. also, that gravel border goes right around the back too.

lawn maintenance, under poor conditions

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:31


im after some advice with what to do with a patch of the garden.

i have a square garden surrounded with 6ft high fencing (more or less), and about 15% or so of the back end of the grass gets pretty much no sun at all, the soil is highly acidic (ph 5 when tested), the soil type is heavy clay and consequently there is moss there. i did my best to reduce that, upon moving into the house the moss and weed problem was horrific, hardly any of the lawn was actually grass! but the problem still remains in that last patch somewhat. i will attach a picture when i get home later if i can.

im wondering if there are any ideas on what i could do with the area, or whether i could keep the grass and just work harder to make it better. the whole lawn is surrounded by about a foot width of gravel border. i have a cammelia in the left corner (adolphe audusson) which gets sun from mid afternoon, and a sorbus tree in the other corner (planed slightly inwards of the corner) which due to its height gets a bit of sun all day. the cammelia has grown nearly double its size since autumn, and the sorbus has grown also but is quite slow. it has not flowered/fruited yet either (last year).

i mowed the lawn for the first time this year at the weekend, and plan to rake it then pitch fork (aerate?) it tonight. is it then advisable to use a combined lawn feed and moss killer?

any other help would definitely be appreciated! thanks.

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