Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Bind weed

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:50

Ask them if they want it done properly and so that it lasts 

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:33

If you're asking me what I would do in your situation ... I'd wrap the 2 in 1 treatment in polythene and put it in the garage until next autumn.

Then I'd scarify, rake, top dress with lawn soil and over-seed this week while the soil is still warm and damp. 

In the spring I'd use 3 or 4 in 1 to deal with moss and weeds

and next autumn I'd send my OH into the garage to find the 2 in 1 that he'd have moved somewhere else where I can't find it 

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:12

A couple of weeks ago I raked and scarified my lawn and removed a heavy load of moss without using moss killer or any other treatment.  I then immediately top-dressed with lawn soil and over-seeded with grass seed.  It's all looking good now apart from a few small weeds - they won't flower and seed over winter.

I'll use Evergreen 3 in 1 (or 4 in 1) in the spring - that'll deal with any moss and weeds that are there after the winter.  


Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:34

Dig it over, pull out the roots and dispose of them then cover the bed with manure, with the exception of any area where you intend to grow root veg such as carrots or parsnips.  The worms and the winter weather will do the rest of the work for you and it should rake down easily in the spring ready to sow and plant your veg.

Far better to spend your money on manure than on topsoil.  

If there are weeds coming through from next door dig out what you can then fix a vertical root-proof membrane along the boundary as described here

they suggest using damp proof membrane from builders' suppliers but specialist stuff is also available 

Last edited: 11 October 2016 15:35:44

Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 15:25

They look like Cotoneaster lacteus to me - often appearing as seedlings in gardens sown via the droppings of berry-eating birds - a seed could have fallen into the dense middle of that hydrangea and grown there.

Does the stem they're coming from actually have hydrangea leaves on it? 

Hydrangea gone bonkers?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 14:18

The long stems don't look like hydrangea to me - hydrangea leaves grow in pairs, those appear to be growing alternately.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 13:32

I've planted some perennials, daffs, species tulips and crocus - that'll have to do for today as my arm/shoulder is aching a bit and I don't want the physio to tell me off tomorrow 

I shall have my lunch then make some cheese scones and a beef casserole for supper.  I'll use some of the scone mix to make a cobbler topping for the casserole. 

Then I shall get the knitting out ... 

Wildflower identification

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:36

Does it grow in the wild in Europe Bob?  Can't find it in my Keble Martin ... I only know it as a northern American native - although of course that's not to say it's not been introduced elsewhere. 

A close look at the stem would help with that one.  

Last edited: 11 October 2016 12:38:17

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 11:58

Yvie,  you can certainly be an associate member 

I'm planting bulbs - gently so as not to aggravate my shoulder ....... 

Fungi on lawn

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 11:55

Not sure about them being puffballs myself ... 

Spangle, we can't see the underneath of them - do they have stems and gills?

Last edited: 11 October 2016 11:56:30

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