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Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 08:18

Hi Andy - Merry Christmas to you too

At this time of year you can give it an established lawn a good spiking all over with an aerator or  garden fork - this will get some air down into the soil and also help drainage.  Other than that I'd leave it alone in the wet soggy weather and try to keep off it when frosty or when there's snow on it.

In the early spring you can use an all in one lawn feed which also contains weed and moss killer - it's a good idea to hire/borrow a spreader for this as it's important not to over apply it.  This will kill off lawn weeds and moss and then you can rake them out.  The lawn will look a bit grim for a while but the lawn feed will soon perk the grass up and it will spread and take over the bare patches.  If there are any thin areas left by September a sprinkling of lawn seed will soon remedy that and then you'll be well on the way to having a lawn to be proud of.

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.......

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 08:11

When the family was all together, decorations would go up the day before son's birthday on the 22nd, but the tree didn't go up until the 23rd when daughter and I would decorate the tree and bake mince pies, stollen etc.  The next day I would prep the veg and stuff the goose or turkey while listening to Carols from Kings on the radio - then we'd go to the village pub for mulled wine and mince pies and  a good singsong with friends before I'd join the church choir for Midnight Mass. 

Nowadays we all have our own homes - sometimes we're together for Christmas and sometimes work and other things mean that we get together on another day over the holiday.  However, a new tradition is that each year I give my 'children' a new bauble each for their own trees

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 07:43

That's brilliant Gemma Daughter finds that it's easier to cope with less sleep for a period of time than it is to cope with your body clock being out of sync   Her job now involves split shifts and some sleepovers (when she doesn't sleep much) but as long as she gets up at roughly the same time every morning she stays on an even keel.  Keep at it.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 07:17

Good morning all

Glad the boiler man is coming today Chicky   Rain and wind here too, but not too bad. Hope everyone's ok.

Planning to visit the Aged Ps later today.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 07:10

I've never tried Kev, but my instinct says No, not here in the UK.  Most plants rely on light levels to produce flowers and most bean varieties need insects to pollinate them in order to produce seeds (beans). 

I think that beans can be cropped all the year round nearer the equator as the light levels are higher and day and night are of more equal length.

help!

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 20:07

There are many threads on here regarding cats - unfortunately they tend to give rise to strong feelings.

The general consensus appears to be that the only thing that works reliably is a Water Scarecrow

http://www.gardensupplydirect.co.uk/pest_control/contech_scarecrow_water_spinkler_deterrent/10592_p.html

Good luck

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:57

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:44

Be happy KEF - you made a difference!  That's the best any of us can hope for ((hugs))

Talkback: Five steps to winter compost

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:39

When you say they're escaping, what are they doing/where are they going?  Are they gathering around the top?

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