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Spongy Grass in a walled garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:47

Is the lawn 'spongy' because it's been regularly mowed, but not raked/scarified and a layer of thatch has built up?

I'd try aerating/scarifying/feeding and see if that improves things. 

Others may have more ideas .......

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:29

That's great about Sue Beesley  

I see she has Geum 'Flames of Passion' - I have that in my front border - it's gorgeous.


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:22

Morning KEF

Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:21

And just a tip re the hedge - I think the sides need trimming back now.  A leylandii hedge needs it's sides trimming right from the start to encourage it to form a dense hedge.  If you let it get wide then cut it back it will not regrow from the inner layers of the trees and you will be left with dead brown branches. 

You probably know this but I thought I'd mention it.

Extract from

"Will Leylandii grow back from brown wood ?

No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown, leylandii will not re-shoot. This is not a problem if you keep your Leylandii No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown  leylandii will not re-shoot.  This is not a problem if you keep your leylandii hedge trimmed from the start and you trim it back once a year to the same point. It is only a problem if you let it get over-grown or move into a property with an untrimmed Leylandii hedge. We have seen someone cut back one side of a very wide hedge back to the trunks. The green shoots from the other side of the hedge grew back through but this took five years.  It would depend on how wide the hedge is and how far the green has to grow back through so is a bit risky.  The only other alternative is to start again with a new hedge and keep it narrow from the start.  If a leylandii hedge is cut back to the width you want immediately after planting and then cut back to the same width once a year, every year, you can keep it as a dense but narrow hedge."

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:04

Have a lovely time today

Hope your chest has cleared up and those ribs have eased ((hugs))


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 06:56

Good morning Chicky   Have a fantastic day - hope those camera batteries are fully charged!!!


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 06:55

As you say Hosta, the plants need your attention 24/7 - maybe they should all be moved to your place


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 06:48

Morning Lesley - this is only the second time I've heard a songthrush since we moved here 3 years ago - I'm very excited

I remember reading something about how the wren makes all that noise ......... but I can't remember it, I just remember that I read it


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 06:45

Morning Hosta  

Someone has to do it   Does your Waitrose sell garden plants?  Ours does, and they're not terribly good at looking after them - maybe you could issue some general guidance/be in overall charge of such things?

I suppose I should clarify, when I say they're not terribly good at looking after them - they're better than B&Q and Homebase - just not as good as you or I would be.

My lawn is sick - please help!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 06:41

I think it's your dog peeing on the lawn that is scorching and killing the grass - it's a common problem - usually worse with bitches than with male dogs.  There are products you can get to add to your dog's feed or water to make the urine less acidic, but I don't know whether they work.  Your vet or local pet shop may have some ideas.

Otherwise the best thing to do is to train the dog to 'perform' elsewhere - maybe on an area of gravel or woodchip in a corner of the garden kept for that purpose - and otherwise to rush out with a pail of water and dilute the urine when you see it happening.

More info here

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