Dovefromabove


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Patchy & Bumpy Grass!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:24

I agree with Tootles - I've renovated lawns worse than that - in fact I'm doing one at the moment - when we moved here the last owner had ruined it by alternately neglecting then scalping it, and then we had three builders' skips on it for 6 months.

As Tootles says, rake vigorously with a spring tine rake, aerate with a garden fork (mind your toes - my brother stuck the fork right through his foot when he tried, but he was only 4 - we started gardening early) and sprinkle some seed on the bare patches - now is a good time - don't cover it with soil or anything, but water it in well.  

Mow the lawn regularly, at least once a week.  In warm weather following rain it will grow quickly and may need mowing twice a week.  Don't mow it too short - scalping it is what results in the lumps and bumps and bare patches, and as Tootles has said, treat it gently this year - try to keep off the re-seeded patches.  And keep your mower blade sharp or replace it so that it cuts rather than chews the grass.

It'll look a lot better by the end of this summer and next summer you'll have a lawn to be proud of.

What is this?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 18:00

Hi Charlie - the picture hasn't worked.  To post a pic on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

It doesn't seem to work on phones or tablets.

Lovely idea to get some more plants for your grandma - looking forward to being able to help out 

suggestions for trees/shrubs

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:58

Six feet is not tall enough for a tree - some standard roses might look nice, or standard wisterias?  Or even a row of pleached wisteria 

Naughty Frost!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:54

That's the problem with having a mild winter  - plants get a bit ahead and then this happens 

chestnut tree

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:42

Are these the ones http://www.amazon.com/5-6-ft-Chinese-Chestnut-Tree/dp/B00DG7X9FC 

If you read the information more carefully you'll see that they're supplied at 5-6ft tall - they grow to 40 - 60 ft.  

Advice with a clear exterior wood varnish to protect cut logs please??

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:37

Varnish will make them slippery when wet - I agree with Dave - go for a good exterior wood stain - the sort you use on fences. 

Lemon Tree

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:27

Snoodle - give Wyvale at Sprowston a ring - I've seen them there on several occasions. 

Identify this bug?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:20

Fascinating Dave - thank you for that - I used to do a bit of coarse river fishing in upper reaches of the Deben when I was a teenager (rudd and roach etc) and love being by English rivers, and I've always thought I'd love to try fly-fishing but it's never happened.  I'm fascinated by the art of tying flies.  

Naughty Frost!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:15

They'll recover, but it'll set them back a bit. they could have done with being earthed up.  I'd do it now.  

Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and if there's a frost forecast and there's any greenery showing earth up some more and even pop some fleece or newspaper over. 

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:44

Aubretia's very easy to control - so many things get labelled as invasive quite needlessly, all that's needed is a bit of gardening! 

What sort of butterfly is visiting your firepit?

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