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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 08:54

Good morning all  I'm awake and have my second coffee 

It is dry-ish and quite bright at the moment and seems warmer than it has been. We've turned the heating off again. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 22:41

They're gorgeous Obelixx - what lovely neighbours 

Sweet dreams all

Bind weed

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 19:48

You tell 'em, one year's weeds make seven years' seeds ................ it'll take time to undo the damage done by the last gardener if they want it done properly.  They've already been paying someone to do a rubbish job - one would hope they've learned their lesson ........ 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 19:43

Here it is

it's a long thread - several of us were making new ponds about the same time and comparing notes - I've linked to the page with photos of our pond  but it is a very successful pond and we love it.  But there's lots of other really good information on the rest of the thread. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 19:19

I'm sorry I didn't answer but I was just going out when I spotted your query ... 

I think Watery's advice sounds good - I'll try to find one of the earlier threads about wildlife ponds ... 

Wildflower identification

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:16


I know I've seen it somewhere when I was with someone who said it was the native Solidago - which narrows it down to Minsmere or Dunwich Heath, Rye Marshes or Dartmoor .......... 

Wildflower identification

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:58

That still looks like the Solidago virgaurea to me.

I don't know the plant suggested by Bob (Verbesina occidentalisbut I believe it has stems with longitudinal growths on the stems rather like those on the Euonymous stems, and I can't see anything like that on your second photo. 

Have a look at this picture of Solidago virgaurea var. leiocarpa and see what you think. 

I'm hoping Nutcutlet will have a look at this one - she's really knowledgeable re native plants. 

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Bind weed

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:50

Ask them if they want it done properly and so that it lasts 

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:33

If you're asking me what I would do in your situation ... I'd wrap the 2 in 1 treatment in polythene and put it in the garage until next autumn.

Then I'd scarify, rake, top dress with lawn soil and over-seed this week while the soil is still warm and damp. 

In the spring I'd use 3 or 4 in 1 to deal with moss and weeds

and next autumn I'd send my OH into the garage to find the 2 in 1 that he'd have moved somewhere else where I can't find it 

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:12

A couple of weeks ago I raked and scarified my lawn and removed a heavy load of moss without using moss killer or any other treatment.  I then immediately top-dressed with lawn soil and over-seeded with grass seed.  It's all looking good now apart from a few small weeds - they won't flower and seed over winter.

I'll use Evergreen 3 in 1 (or 4 in 1) in the spring - that'll deal with any moss and weeds that are there after the winter.  

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