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Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:53

Snap! MrsGarden   we had one in the garden today too

How to remove Rye grass from my turf

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:44

Are you sure that it's rye grass that's causing the problem? 

There are other 'weed type' grasses that form clumps or look different from the lawn grasses, details here

However, with most of them regular mowing, at least once a week, sometimes twice, will minimise their impact.

How to remove Rye grass from my turf

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:39

You'd have to start again with a specialist turf or seed.

What's the problem with the ryegrass - it's in most lawns?  You shouldn't even be able to see the rye-grass unless it flowers.

Spider mite on Centaurea

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:34

Pretty sure aphids don't make webs, but I'm still as sure as I can be without seeing them that that's what they are. 

I'd put money on them not being spider mites - they hate cold damp conditions - but even if I'm wrong and they are spider mites, they'll hate being squirted with soapy spray - it'll get rid of them whether it's mites or aphids

Spider mite on Centaurea

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:01

There are aphids that live on thistles and knapweeds (centaurea) - I'd try using one of the organic soap-based bug sprays  or make one yourself from a squirt of washing up liquid in water in a hand sprayer (I find Ecover works well) 


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:43

Wintersong - you're a very lucky gardener! 

How to remove Rye grass from my turf

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:41

The majority of seed-mixtures for general purpose lawns contain a fair proportion of ryegrass.  It shouldn't be a problem.


Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:32


Voyagerxp wrote (see)

.... but magpies could easly live on bugs,snails and stuff like that.

Afraid they couldn't.  Saying that is like saying cats should live on carrots and lettuce rather than meat and fish.  

Magpies are omnivores, they need a very varied diet in order to be healthy, and adults eat a wide range of things including seeds and insects, carrion,  rodents,  nuts, eggs and berries - but for magpie chicks to develop into healthy adults they have to be fed almost entirely on meat.  If they don't have it they will die.

I know how you feel - I used to have a smallholding and we had lots of ducks - every spring the magpies would swoop down on the ducklings as mother duck proudly led them back and forth from nest to pond.

However, neither ducks, blackbirds nor collared doves are extinct - it's only humans that wipe out entire species. 

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:52

Sadly rain, even heavy rain, doesn't water hanging baskets properly as the leaves shed it.  The council get laughed at for sending people out to water the baskets in the rain, but if they don't the baskets soon look poorly.

Watering hanging baskets

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 18:49
ice wrote (see)

How about as garden sprayer, the pump action ones, comes with bit of hose

Beat me to it ice

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