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Lawn advice

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 19:33

I would give the lawn an exceptionally good drenching with a sprinkler.  Check the water has really penetrated the soil then allow the grass to dry before using the 4in1

If the main problem is dandelions why not just paint them with a systemic weed killer?  Or when they are wet just spoon some lawn sand into the centre of the rosettes?

Buddleia bushes die off

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:44

Sorry Buddleia

Buddleia bushes die off

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:42

Are you planting the shrubs in the same place that previous buddleis have died?

Lawn advice

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 17:32

You can use sifted soil or any old compost, even sharp sand works.  You are looking for a light covering to keep the seeds weighted down and moist.  Ideally you should not see the seed.  Keep the lawn mower away from the seeded bits and forget about feeding for now.  Later in the season you can water on a liquid feed.  Good luck.

What's this plant

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 17:11

It flowers once a year, a lovely welcome to spring.  If you have to cut it back be careful not to cut the main stem.  A neighbour trimmed hers and killed it.

Lawn advice

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 16:34

I would water it every day until the seeds germinate.  Not just a little water but a complete drenching if there has been no rain.  Use a sprinkler which gives the effect of rain, don't just hose it down.  Once it has germinated you can ease off on the watering.

When you sowed your seed there was no need for fertiliser.  Personally I would sprinkle compost over the seed on the bare patches and walk over it when damp to ensure contact with the soil.  Time and patience are your best friends.  Just keep cutting it on a high setting, don't let it dry out and eventually you will have good coverage.  

Dobies email

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:48

Oooo Errr Lyn!

Dobies email

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:47

Buttercupdays,  I love some of the examples given, but have never heard a comma referred to as an Oxford comma.

Dobies email

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:10

Buttercupdays, I haven't been able to locate the article.  Do you know how to send it as a link?  

(I don't, I'm afraid)

Dobies email

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:06

I wrote to Dobies and didn't get a reply other than acknowledgement of receipt.  Why don't you try writing to Gardeners World Cloggie. 

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