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Following on 'Advice on Lawn Problem'

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:50

I'd leave the vigourous raking for now and let the lawn recover (it will, don't worry).

I can't really tell from the photos whether it's a weed or grass, but I would suggest more regular mowing - that grass is too long. 

Regular mowing will encourage the grass to spread out horizontally rather than upwards.  It looks to me as if the long stalks may be the grass trying to flower and seed. 

Cut the lawn at least once a week with the mower blade set at the mid level and you'll see a noticeable improvement in a few weeks. 

If the mower is chewing rather than cutting the grass cleanly get the blade sharpened or get a new one (I got a new blade for my hover mower from Amazon, or you could try http://www.espares.co.uk/

If there are still some large leaved weeds use a 'touch' weedkiller gel such as this one http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/roundup-gel-weed-killer---150ml-007672 .

If there are still some bare patches in a few weeks' time you can rake the soil over gently and scatter some grass seed over to fill in the patches - if the soil is very dry it might be better to leave this until September which is a really good time for sowing grass seed.

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:19

Morning Primrose and Hosta   I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Hosta, and will stay out of your store - I once managed to freeze all the tills in a local department store!!!   Hopefully technology has come a long way since then

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 06:32

Good morning all   I hope everyone's had a good night's sleep.  Lovely pics Gg We've had more showers overnight - blackbirds busy on the lawn battling with the worms, robins taking mealworms from the dish, dunnocks scurrying around under the plants and starlings whistling from the rooftop - lovely

Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:58

Stop watering it daily - let the soil dry out between waterings - even in the summer

Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:45

Hello William

William Couch wrote (see)

Hi all,

.... What am I doing wrong?....

You're being impatient, that's all   Olives are Mediterranean plants that love sunshine and warmth - they won't grow in the sort of temperatures we've had in the UK up until now.  It'll wake up when the weather picks up. 

The thing that finishes them off more often than not is having cold and wet feet - they can cope with cold but not cold and wet.  Make sure the compost is free-draining and wrap the pot in bubblewrap in the winter and keep it dryish.

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:29

You too Hosta   and everyone else

What can I put in a tub with sunflowers?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:26

Even sunflowers planted in the ground need staking or tieing to some sort of support - mine will be up against a 2 metre tall fence and tied in. 

You'll have to find some way of holding yours upright - it would be such a shame to come outside one morning and find it had blown over

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:21

I've got a Hadspen Blue here - it looks great with plummy/bronzy/orangey/creamy/ yellowish tones

Well, supper is over, kitchen put back to rights and feet are up

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:36

There are cage-birds and poultry that have frizzled feathers - with them it's obviously a mutation which has been bred for, so presumably it can happen in the wild - it will be interesting to see if he has offspring that carry the same mutation.

ID Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:32
Fritillary wrote (see)

Is it Nepeta Mussini?

That's what I was thinking of!   

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