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Great Diving Beetle

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:43

Water boatmen are primarily herbivores.  They also sing with their penis - apparently http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2010280/Water-boatman-Tiny-insect-sings-penis-loudest-creature-Earth.html 

Restoring a lawn

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:23

I wouldn't bother to try reseeding yet - the weather is too dry - late September is usually a good time for sowing grass seed - the soil is warm and there's usually plenty of soft rain.  I've never had a germination problem when I've done it then. 

I just rake the patch over to rough up the soil, sprinkle the grass seed on (not too thickly), water it  and leave it.  Don't cover the seed with soil - it needs light to germinate. 

Good luck 

Restoring a lawn

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:02

Hi UTH 

It's looking sorry for itself simply because the grass has been allowed to grow too long - the base of the stems have been starved of light.  Now that it's been cut it will start to green up - regular mowing (once a week - not too short) will soon have it looking better.  

At this time of year I find an application of seaweed fertiliser sprinkled on before a good heavy downpour helps the grass to green up as well.  If it doesn't rain then you'll need to water it in - give it a good soaking.  

Then in the Autumn you spike it all over with a fork to aerate it and aid drainage for the winter, and then give it a proprietary autumn feed and it should be fine. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 09:32

Still no rain here yet but I've put a load of jeans and heavy shirts in the wash so expect torrential rain shortly 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 08:55

Just been out in my dressing gown and picked a big bunch of sweet peas 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 07:48

We think that something very exciting along those lines is happening and we're bursting with curiosity ...................... 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 07:26

Clari   - you're being very enigmatic ........

Stumped by another small flower!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 07:25

It is misleading isn't it, when you buy a packet of seeds thinking that they're native wild flowers but really they're wild flowers from more or less anywhere in the world.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 07:00

Good morning all 

Still no  rain here - we were promised heavy showers last night but nothing so far.  It's overcast here but they don't look like rain clouds.

KEF's making bacon butties for everyone 

Spread of chafer grubs

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:05

  Bill - ignore what I said - I was talking about leatherjackets Duh!  I've had too much sun!!!

But you still won't spread chafer grubs by mowing their lawn. 

Think I'd better go to bed ........................

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Slugwatch

Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Achillea

To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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