Posted: 17/06/2017 at 12:13
There are different types of standards in excellence ... among those I strive for in my garden are to be ecologically sound and environmentally friendly ... we don't use insecticides or fungicides - instead we encourage a wide variety of wildlife which keeps pests down to a minimum equable with achieving a sustainable balance.
As I said, we have not used fungicides or pesticides since we moved here in 2011 and do not have an aphid problem ......... however we do have a large ash tree full of goldfinches, longtailed tits, bluetits, great tits, robins and other birds ... they eat the aphids. The ash tree scatters catkins, leaves and twigs on the garden. I bend down and pick up the large twigs, the rest is gathered by the mower.
I get the feeling that my sort of garden is not your sort of garden ... as you say, each to their own.
However, it is impossible to make an omelette without breaking eggs ... if you want to rid your lawn of all detritus then you need to either make some physical effort or put up with some noise