Dovefromabove


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Poor Lawn

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:05

Others may disagree, but I'd aerate it then give it a moss treatment in the spring and a thorough scarifying/raking when that's worked, to get rid of the dead stuff. 

When the ground has warmed up I late spring I think I'd scarify again then scatter some general purpose lawn seed (preferably just before rain is forecast for the next few days).  Then leave it alone for a while - no fertiliser for the summer - once the grass seed has germinated mow once a week on a med to high setting.

A leatherjacket nematode treatment in August and perhaps just one specialist autumn lawn feed in October.

Fingers crossed. 

Poor Lawn

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:03

I'd give it a moss treatment in the spring and a thorough scarifying when that's worked, to get rid of the dead stuff.  When the ground has warmed up I late spring I think I'd scarify again then scatter some general purpose lawn seed (preferably just before rain is forecast for the next few days).  Then leave it alone for a while - no fertiliser - once the grass seed has germinated mow once a week on a med to high setting.

A leatherjacket nematode treatment in August and perhaps just one specialist autumn lawn feed in October.

Fingers crossed. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 09:16

Fingers crossed that all friends in damp areas are ok ((hugs)) 

Do you think they'll grow webbed feet?

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Posted: 10/12/2015 at 08:24

Fortunately our neighbour does have regular carers going in - getting him up and putting him to bed and attending to his meals etc several times throughout the day so if he was poorly it wouldn't be long before he was visited, and he has an alarm so he can summon help if needed.  It's just I have that Miss Marple tendency, and I notice when things are out of the normal run of things. 

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Posted: 10/12/2015 at 07:47

Yes, I have NDN's daughter's mobile number - but  the regular carer's car is parked outside now so he must have arrived as usual to get him up, dressed and breakfasted and all appears as normal. 

There is another daughter who lives in Scotland who visits more infrequently - maybe she's staying for a few days which would explain a change in the usual habits.  As she comes by train there wouldn't be a car parked outside. 

They're quite private people and we tend to only speak to them about things that affect them, like felling the tree which overhung their garage, and replacing the fence etc. 

Poor Lawn

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 07:31

Re-reading your original post, you say that the lawn is covered with moss, and yet you later say that the lawn is in full sun.  I'm wondering whether the soil has been soured by unbalanced feeding over the years.  Have a look here http://lawncare.about.com/od/plantnutrition/a/lime.htm .

And if my lawn looked worse than my neighbours' and they didn't use Green Thumb, and if the chap Green Thumb send to tend to your lawn doesn't seem to know what he's doing and is unable to respond or advise on the poor condition of your lawn, then I wouldn't employ them.  What's the point?

Wasn't it Albert Einstein who said that his definition of insanity was to keep doing the same thing over again and expect different results?

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 06:59

Not sure how the neighbours would take to a huge bonfire, and digging deep holes here is difficult 'cos the chalk rock is very near the surface. 

The sensible thing would be either just to pop me into one of the chalk mines across the way and leave me there with the bats, or build a longship down on the marshes and float me down the river and out to sea. 

Not sure that's allowed as the mines are an SSSI and if I floated out to sea I'd probably cause damage to a windfarm or become a notorious shipping hazard

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 06:50

Good morning all   G'day Pat

 I slept like a log - sorry   

I did wake once and noticed a light on next door as I traversed the landing - there were lights on there when I went to bed which is unusual - an elderly chap lives there on his own - he has carers go in several times a day and his daughter visits frequently - couldn't see any signs of anything untoward - just the lights on - can't really go round and check in the middle of the night just 'cos the lights are on

Poor Lawn

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:34

Verdun, you may well be correct that the lawn has been affected by leatherjackets and I agree that nematodes applied next year will be a good course to follow.Nematodes are very effective  

However, if you zoom in on the third photo you'll see long grass stems laying flat on the surface of the lawn, looking dry and hay-like - I think it looks like the flowering stalks of the grass that are not being cut properly.

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