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Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:41

Hi Sara and welcome 

You're right in that shade is probably making the moss much worse - we had a similar problem when we moved here as the lawn had been really neglected and apart from shade from the trees, the fallen leaves had been left on them for several winters. 

Raking firmly with a lawn rake like this

to remove as much moss and thatch (dried grass at the soil surface) as you can, and spiking the lawn with a fork to increase drainage, and in the spring treat it with a lawn treatment like Evergreen Complete or similar which will kill the moss and weeds and fertilise the grass.  Then another raking to remove the dead moss when it's died and turned black - it looks alarming but don't worry, the fertiliser will help the grass spread to cover the bare patches.

Regular mowing (not too short) at least once a week will help - don't put the first frew mowings in the compost bin after the lawn treatment as the weedkiller will contaminate your compost - bag it up and bin it or take it to the tip.

And while the raking is hard work, it's cheaper than a gym membership, and while you're far too young to have flabby upper arms, it's never too late to work on preventing them believe me 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:17

Ants, like most of us, like their homes to be dry and undisturbed - if you have ants in your compost bin that indicates that the compost is too dry and not aerated (stirred around) frequently enough. 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:11

Yes please Gg 

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:10

Not sure how this would save space?  Pots all around the perimeter of the veg plot - you might just as well enlarge the veg plot by the width of a pot and plant them in the soil around the veg plot, then they'd have a better chance - I've never found garden soil in a pot works terribly well - it has a tendency to turn to mud when watered and concrete when dry. 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:58

Hosepipe ban anyone? 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:51

Hi Fidget - yes fortunately they're not too bad - or they weren't last time we spoke about them - because of the amount of rain the effect of the salt water flooding wasn't as bad as it could've been thank goodness.  

Great idea to have a Snowdrop trip up your way 

BL - good luck with the car - I love my Megane cabriolet 

What is this plant/shrub?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:34

Hi Joanne Taylor3

We were at Tower Bridge the weekend before last - the perfume from the Sweet Box was intoxicating wasn't it?  I'd bought one at Christmas for this garden and shall be taking lots of cuttings in the future 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:29

Verdun   I like Peugeots - have had several  

You can get really good donut dispensers these days, they fit in any car and you can eat donuts without taking your hands off the steering wheel - they're called ............... ......................... passengers 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:10

Keep trying Phillipa  

We're going to create a new bed in this garden soon (when the weather lets us) and I'll try some primulas here at the front - we tried some in the back garden when we moved here a couple of years ago, but the VWs attacked - we've reduced their depradations by using nematodes, but I doubt if we'll ever get rid of them - but hopefully they've not taken up residence in the front garden yet 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:48

Hello folks, I'm back from my visit to daughter and son in law.  The wet weather is causing all sorts of problems - they live near a river and the rats have been flooded out of their usual haunts and have invaded the gardens in their road.  The rat man has been to attend to them, but I saw a huge one in the garden when I was there.  Everyone has stopped feeding the birds, but the rats are in the sewage system and tunnelling their way out of the sewers and up into the lawns 

Hi Phillipa,  

My most successful P. vialii were grown in a new North-east facing garden, formerly arable land on High Suffolk clay with lots of added organic matter.  They grew well and were divided and replanted every year and were gorgeous.

We moved and I've never been able to repeat the success. 

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