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Ok, expert lawn people, please advise

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 15:28

For now - I'd just cut that - don't take too much off the first time as it's quite long.  A week later cut again a little lower to get it to the best sort of height. Depending on where you are and what weather you're getting, you could either dig out the dandelions (which seem to be the main weed you have there) or use a bit of spot weedkiller on them.  Ideally you need a bit of growth on the weeds for it to be effective, but be careful of getting any on surrounding planting  or the grass. Wait for a calm day, and preferably till later in the evening when there are fewer pollinating insects around. 

Since it's newly seeded, it's probably best to leave anything else till spring.  You can then start a programme of scarifying, aerating, feeding etc. Just keep cutting regularly, only taking a little off at a time to keep it healthy, until growth slows up for the winter. I'd agree with the others that it'll be difficult to keep grass thriving under the tree. If you don't want anything too high maintenence, you could simply clear a circular area round the tree and dress it with bark. An edging strip of some kind will help prevent the bark 'travelling' onto the grass, and make mowing easier too. Some spring bulbs would be attractive in there, and that's something you can do in the next month or so. I'm not keen on serious underplanting of a mature tree like that,  as there's even more competition for water and nutrients, and it can just look messy, but that's a personal opinion. 

If you can/are allowed , remove all the excess stuff on the main trunk of the tree - that'll make a big difference to it.  You might be allowed to raise the canopy as well. That just means removing some lower branches, which would allow a lot of extra light into the garden. That will benefit your grass. I expect a shade mix of seed has been sown, and that's the best type for your conditions. You'll just have to play it by ear a little.

Hopefully you can maintain a nice green space with the tree as an attractive focal point. It will take a bit of work, and you'll probably need to keep the grass slightly longer than the ideal because it will grow less well in the shade you have. Good luck with it anyway. 

japanese acer

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 15:00

Do you mean the shed is blocking sun to the Acer? It will possibly be the better for it - the majority prefer some shade to do their best  


Outdoor garden sticks

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:57

I only label seedlings and cutting, and I use pencil. For long term planting, there are those metal labels which you can have permanently engraved, or some people use those labelling machines and attach the names, but, like nutcutlet, I'm not keen on labels on my plants.

I don't keep a record of plants in the garden as such, but I do have photos of everything, so that's quite useful. You could photograph each  individual border or planted area  at different times of year so that you can see what plants are flowering at what time. A printout of that with the names written on and kept in a file could be useful.  

I'm not that bothered if there's something I don't know the exact name of, as long as I know what it is and how to look after it, although there's very little here I haven't planted myself. It would be different if the garden was huge I expect. 


Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:21

The problem with decorative pots is that they don't tend to have drainage holes, so it's best to use the same method as you're already using - a plastic pot inside the pretty one.

It looks like it's been a bit too wet.  It might benefit from repotting into a bigger pot, but even if not, and it's staying in the one it's in, make sure there's a little layer of gravel in the base of the white one to avoid having the plant sitting in water. I'd use some fine gravel (same as you would put in the base) to finish it off on the surface, rather than the big pebbles. 

If it needs moving into a bigger pot, you'll probably have to buy a bigger version of the white one too, as that one wouldn't accomodate a bigger plastic pot. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:10

That's great news for you Yvie. Glad it's a good outcome for you all - what a relief. Try and relax and enjoy everything now   

Love crab too BL - but rarely have it  

Hopefully a hill or two chicky, and I may walk on Tuesday as it looks promising, instead of this weekend, as I'm now off for a week. Going away next weekend up north - and beautiful Suilven is one target, but possibly a couple of Munros as well. Too far to do in a day as it's around five/six  hours driving to get up there, and longish days as well. Treating myself as the girls are also going away together  for a weekend 

Wonder how Hostie is getting on.....

Still raining here too - sorry Obelixx.  Must have been loads last night as the pond is completely toppped up. Been pretty miserable all morning although it's meant to be a bit better this afternoon. Not holding my breath. 

Do plant pots with a hole in the very bottom side provide enough drainage? (PHOTOS)

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 08:09

Hogweed's advice is spot on. I often use a bit of landscape fabric to cover holes as  well as a bit of rock or a broken crock at the base. That also helps  prevent any soil/compost washing out the hole.

Good gritty, free draining soil for your succulent and a bit more moisture retentive for the mint. That will keep them happy  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat. Just have to ride it out  

Hope you perk up a bit soon. Keep cosy and don't feel remotely guilty about doing nothing!

Hopefully Hosta will get a bit of a boost today. Very wearing when you can't get any decent sleep. Wonder how Yvie is. Thinking of you if you look in Yvie. 

Difficult for farmers to plan with harvests Obelixx, isn't it. If it's too wet or too dry at the wrong time. We still haven't cut the haylage at work - can't get four dr, in a row. 

I think the rain might have gone off - for now.  Not to last, but at least I have a week off to look forward to - hurrah! 

I hearthe Spanish police have possibly prevented more attacks. It's pretty grim - but perhaps could have been even worse. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 21:06

Think Joyce, LP and I would find it hard to imagine 3 months of drought, never mind 13, Obelixx 

Notlikely to happen here.  A week of dry would be nice though  

Hydrangea in full shade?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 20:01

Most of them (the lacecap types) will take a large amount of shade without any problem. Decent moisture content in the soil is the most important factor. Dense, dry shade - under a tree, or similar - is a different matter. 

The oak leafed ones are quite different though. They're happier in quite a bit of sun, and will tolerate drier soil. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 19:56

They'll certainly be coming inside to a cosy windowsill in a month or two Obelixx! 

Pelargoniums aren't  a favourite plant of mine, but they usually grow well enough in our summers. It's been colder than usual this year though. I've always loved the colour of Lord Bute, so that was really the motivation for getting them  

Are you allowing him a putting green if he behaves? 

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