Dovefromabove


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Lawn advice

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 11:08

Hello Elizabeth


I think your lawn is too young to scarify just yet.


Don't use the Westland Aftercut all in one weed and feed if you have or are going to use the lawn seed as most of this type of product contain stuff that inhibits seed germination.


I would get a Daisy Grubber http://www.whittingtons.biz/garden-tools/hand-tools/spear-and-jackson-elements-daisy-grubber/p39518.html?gclid=CPOw-6utv9MCFe0Q0wodwMsD8w and use this to lever the dandelions out of the lawn, trying very hard not to break the long tap root which may well regrow if left behind.


If you have problems getting down on your knees to do this, you could use Roundup Gel weedkiller and dab some on each dandelion plant - within a few days the dandelions will be shrivelling and dying.  


Then you can give the bare patches a gentle scratching over with a rake and scatter your lawn seed and water it in.


Hope that helps 

Plant today with frost likely?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 10:57

I agree with Nut and Hosta ... and if in doubt contact the supplier and take advice ... they'll know whether or not they're acclimatised to the sort of weather we're getting at the moment.  


Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:56

I wouldn't spray -  you'll be in danger of killing off the ladybird larvae etc which will chomp your aphids.  If most of them are empty they've either moved on already, or the blue tits have taken them for their young.

Aphids on my Acers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 08:16
Cloggie says:

I had a glut of blackfly/greenfly one year then a swarm of ladybirds the next year.  Been here 3 years and neither seem to be prolific this year. 


Might just have been lucky.


See original post

 Think it's a bit early for either to be prolific just yet 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 08:05

Morning Fairy and Hosta 


Glad you got a decent sleep Hosta 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 07:43

Now it's wall to wall blue skies again ... I wonder for how long? 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 07:04

Snow showers and sunny intervals in Norfolk. 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 06:40

Oh 'eck! It's that duzzy white stuff agin 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 06:36

Hmmm ... The sky's gone dark grey again ... 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 06:26

Oim orrite Max, jist. As duzzy chilled. Can yew tell oim reelly a Suffolk mawther, wos bin transplanted up hair?  Oi hev ter keep moi hid down cos oim a Tractor Girl 


The fruit is known as having 'set' when the flowers/blossom has been fertilised and fruit are starting to develop.


Ive always assumed that the damage is done by ice crystals forming in and breaking down the plant cells, but to be honest I don't really know. Other problems resulting from cold weather can be a lack of pollinating insects being about. 


Also some plants like tomatoes, chillies and squash just do not grow in low temperatures, and too long spent in the cold and damp means that roots begin to rot. 


I woke to see quite a heavy snow shower a little while ago but now the sun is up and the sky is almost blue ... With any luck the worst could be over 

Last edited: 25 April 2017 06:29:08

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