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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 09:28

Anyone seen Chicky lately?

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 08:56

Best wishes to your father Lesley

Happy holidays Lily P

Pdoc, can you pick up some seed compost and fine grit for me please?

Hosta - mine needs mowing and it's tennis today ........ pretty please?

Verdun - thought 'they' were forecasting a 'White Easter' or have they changed their minds ...... again

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 08:46

Re moss - A thorough raking and spiking will change the physical condition of the soil so the moss will not be happy growing there.  It likes to be damp, shady and undisturbed.

Re the dog's yellow patches - the yellowing is caused by scorch from the uric acid (think that's the one) and once you start mowing the lawn you'll cut that off.  The thing is that urine also contains nitrogen so that will fertilise the grass there and make it grow lusher and darker for a while - but if you fertilise the whole lawn (a while after you've sown the seed - check the pack for how long) then the whole lawn will be dark green and lush

You might mention to your neighbour that you're going to be applying 'several lawn treatments' this year and it would be advisable to keep the dog in it's own garden as you wouldn't want it to be affected and be poorly.  If you use the lawn feed according to the instructions it's fine with pets and children, but it's a good ploy to get them to fence their dog in properly


Id please

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 08:34

That looks like Arum italicum - happiest in moist shade or semi shade 

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 07:42

Just rake it over and scatter the seed.

If you see the dog doing that again, tip a bucket of water over it (the patch of urine, not the dog).  It'll dilute the effect and you won't get the yellow patch. 

Overgrown backgarden

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 07:40

Yes, that ivy is likely to have actively nesting birds in it - apart from the fact that you just wouldn't want to disturb them, it's illegal to disturb nesting birds - leave cutting it back until mid July. 

It'd be a shame to get rid of all the ivy, the flowers are wonderful nectar source for pollinating insects and the berries are an important food source for birds in the winter.

You already have a wildlife garden   It just needs a few tweeks

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 07:33

Bumping up so that new East Anglian members  are aware

How long to lay turf?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 07:25

Is there a friend who would give you a hand?

If you could guarantee you can keep children and pets off, I would go with seed - the perfect time of year is almost here and I think it produces a better lawn. It's soooooo much cheaper and you can spend all the money you save on lovely plants for the garden.  After all, you've done all the hard work in that preparation   But it does mean not using the lawn until late summer - but you can't use a newly turfed lawn for a good while either

Help with leggy new privet hedge

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 07:17

Privet is pretty tough - the best time to cut it back is in early spring so any time around now will be fine

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