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Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:43

Hi Bridget2

Repeated applications of rotted farmyard manure and home made garden compost and leaf mould will do the job - we too have what I like to call 'free draining sandy loam'   which is also very dry because of large trees on our perimeter - in the four years we've been here repeated applications of organic matter has improved it a lot and from having no worms at all we now have a healthy population and the ground is more like soil than sand and doesn't need watering quite as often 

Hope that helps


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:01
Lily Pilly wrote (see)

Morning, Dove may I have one too please? ........


I'd better make a pot ...

 Here you are LilyP

Do yews deplete the soil to the extent that conifers do,

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:53

Is this of any help?

Not sure about the dog licking it's paws - never known anything like that to happen, we had yews on the smallholding (not around the meadows) and we had dogs, cats, free range poultry etc - none of them came to any harm from the yew trees.   Maybe Steve the Vet will have a view ...

Flower tower

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:40

Bumping up

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:07
Welshonion wrote (see)
Sorry Dove, I stand corrected.

Thanks WO, but it's not me that deserves the apology ..................


I know we get some annoying so and so's on here from time to time, and sometimes we're tired and tetchy and not as patient as we might be, but I think it's good to give people the benefit of the doubt ................. unless they're sneaky spammers of course


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:02

 Here you are DD

Happy Marion's Birthday today!

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:59

 Happy Birthday Happy Marion


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:52

Quite a few around here - lots of Large Whites, several Painted Ladies and Small Blues - native ladybirds all over my runner beans (although I can't see any aphids on them) and lots of Bumbles and Solitary bees on the raspberries. 


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:42

Welcome back Bushman - you been on your hols?

What happened to my grass!!

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:39

What sort of treatment was it and how was it applied?  Was it exactly at the rate in the directions?  I've a feeling the lawn may have been scorched.  Was it applied in hot sunny weather - that can cause scorch too.  Had the lawn been left to get long, then had it recently been cut short and then the treatment applied?  That might be another possible cause of scorching.

I would give it a good scarifying with a lawn rake - this sort of thing is fine ,  wait until some rain is forecast in September and then scatter some  grass seed all over the lawn -with  the combination of warm soil and autumn rain and the grass seed will germinate quickly - don't mow it until its 3" tall.

Applying the lawn seed all over rather than just the bare patches means that even if the grass is a slightly different colour to the existing, it will all blend in.

Never cut the grass short - it just causes the grass to dry out and then you get bare patches where weed seeds can take hold.  Far better to cut it medium but slightly more often - that way it'll always look healthy.

Good luck

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