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Something is eating my lawn

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:34

Oooh, yes - chickens will love them - you have your answer 

Cherry plum suckers

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:31
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I think goats only eat the expensive plants Dove

Depends on your fencing 


Clay Soil

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:29

You've been doing the right thing.  

Fork your soil over and rake it down to a fine tilth as soon as you can and get sowing and planting - those plants should be fine - it's just that as the years go on and you add more and more organic matter the soil will get better and better and so will the results, and you'll be learning as you go.

Good luck and let us know how you get on 

Something is eating my lawn

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:25

Glad we've identified the beasts at least   

I think your best course of action will be to encourage wildlife to keep them under control, birds and frogs and of course, hedgehogs will love those caterpillars, and of course bats will predate nocturnal moths.  

So gardening in a wildlife friendly way and good lawn maintenance - raking out that thatch and regular mowing - should help - and hopefully a good sharp frost or two next winter will sort them out - good luck 


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:09

Good morning all  The sun's shining and the temp only went down to 5C last night.

 A gardening day is planned - OH will be wielding the lawnmower and shovelling compost, I will be hoeing, weeding and supervising 

Something is eating my lawn

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 07:02

Hi Jeni - are they anything like the ones shown here?

Clay Soil

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 06:58

Hi Mark

An improved clay soil is one of the most fertile soils there is, capable of being very productive.  What it needs is the incorporation of lots of organic matter - well-rotted farmyard manure, spent mushroom compost and/or good home-made garden compost.  Start digging this into your soil now and continue every year and you'll soon have a wonderful vegetable garden. 

Cherry plum suckers

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:24


Phlox paniculata bare rooted

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:21

I think I'd put them into pots and into a cold-frame or well-ventilated mini-greenhouse and then plant them out when they've bulked up a bit.  

They don't need heat or anything like that, but just a bit of shelter and some good compost will make all the difference and give them a good start 

Phlox paniculata bare rooted

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:16

How big are they?

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