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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Protecting railway sleepers, what have you used?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:25

We've not used anything - we like the way they're developing a patina and blending into the garden.  However, if you want something less natural and smarter, I'd use one of the coloured fence paints - we've recently used Cuprinol Garden Shades Seagrass on our fences and are very pleased with it.  Our builder recommended it as being good quality.

Weedkiller to use before new lawn?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:27

If it was me (and I'm well aware I'm not you and I only know part of the story here) I'd have a go at renovating that lawn.  I've dealt with far worse and got -a decent play-lawn out of it. 

My guess is that when you turfed it you used the lawn far too soon so it became uneven - you have to keep off freshly laid turf for quite a while, and after than, only gentle walking, not heavy duty play!  It has also not been mowed regularly enough.  Lawns need mowing at least once a week, sometimes more, right through the growing season.

I would kill off or dig out the bigger weeds (I've zoomed in - there aren't that many) and mow the lawn with a rotary mower set on high.  Treat with an all in one Weed & Feed and keep mowing - the grass will begin to grow outwards rather than upwards - then you can fill in any hollows with topsoil and seed over them - you'll soon have a lovely green lawn.  It will never be a bowling green, but you have children - you don't want a bowling green.  Soon you will be able to lower the mower blade, but never cut it very low - it will scalp the grass and weaken it.  Little and often is the way to get a good lawn.

Even if you take all that grass up and turf it now, your new lawn will not be able to withstand children playing on it 24/7 (or even 12/7) for the first season.  

If you do what I suggest they can play on the lawn all this summer - just ask them to be careful of the re-seeded bits - they can even have little watering cans and water them for you when the sun is shining. 

Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:14

If it's JKW you won't have to wait for long 

Expensive gardening mistake - help needed

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:56

Hasn't Monty Don created a raised garden overlooking a meadow - with a firepit on top of it?

Pebble boarder despair.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:50

That looks to me as if it's intended as an edging to prevent  damage to the fencing from damp soil - there's no gravel board at the bottom of the fence -  and as John Mcleod says, to act as drainage channels.

They're not wide enough to use as flower beds anyway.  

If you want flower beds then I would create them inside the lawn area.  The gravel area will enable you to paint your fence easily without walking on your plants and will be very useful.


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:38

KEF   Think he owes you ................ maybe a trip to the GC? 

Many years ago I'd lost weight and was gardening - threw a pile of prunings onto the heap - ring flew off and went with them !!!  I stood stock still and stared and stared - there it was, hanging on a twig!!!   I think it's amazing more rings aren't lost and found in gardens. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:26


As for clearing parents' houses - we cleared my parents' house when they went into residential care - siblings' contributions aren't always helpful   My son and son in law were complete stars!   Family heirlooms were distributed as per their Wills - some stuff went to auction, some to charities, some to tip.  Boxes and boxes of 'precious belongings that they have no room or need  for where they are, and important paperwork' reside in our garage!!!  Can't get rid of it - it's still theirs - can't do anything with it - it's just taking up space and I can't get to anything of mine in there    When one of them goes we'll have to access some of it quite quickly - it'll be chaos! 

Buld flower seeds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:17

I'm sure Nutcutlet will pop in here later today 


I presume you realise that the Anemone corms (different to bulbs, but that's a technicality)  that flowered so well for you this year will flower again next spring if you leave them in the trough, give them some feed (Fish Blood and Bone is good) and don't allow them to dry out over the summer. 

Buld flower seeds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:20

There will be tiny black seeds at the end of the pieces of fluff.  When the seeds are ripe the seedcase containing the seeds and fluff will begin to open - that is when you should harvest the seed - I've a feeling it's best sown immediately - Nutcutlet will know! 

Rocket problem

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:16

I'd sow some more direct into the garden as well - I find that rocket is best sown successionally at 6 week intervals throughout spring and early summer.  

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