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repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:28

Hi Tracy - you're right - the thatch prevents air and water getting in to the roots if it's very thick, so get that off as soon as you can even if you have to hire something. Once you've done that, and assuming the grass is a sensible height  (couple of inches) apply a feed only - liquid or granular - but remember you'll have to water in if there's no rain for a few days if you use granules. That will boost the grass and give it a better chance of fighting off the weeds. A few weeks later, apply a weed and feed which will boost the grass again and tackle the weeds. During that time make sure you cut the grass weekly. The problem has arisen because the grass is being left to grow too long and is then being scalped which only benefits the weeds. Regular cutting is the most important thing after that - don't let it go for more than a week and only take off about a third of the length of the grass, so in long dry spells you may need to raise the height of your cut. If you do that for the rest of this season the grass will be in  a better state for the next spring when you can start a good regime again. There are weed and feed products specifically  for autumn application but I'd be inclined to miss that this year if you decide to follow the above.  You'll still have weeds here and there and you'll still get some seeding in, but you'll have tackled the worst of them and given your grass a chance of recovering and looking decent.  At my last house we had about an acre of grass, some of which was really reclaimed field, but it's surprising how good it looked after doing just what I've described. The house I'm in just now had the same problem, very little grass, mainly buttercups, daisies, dandelions and clover.  A year on and there are hardly any weeds, and the grass is green and healthy. It's never watered, even during the dry summer of last year  

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 16:07

I have to say, I thought Liatris at first too - especially with the bud forming at the top but I thought it looked a bit tall and wasn't sure if the foliage was right - haven't grown them for a long time either  

It'll flower soon anyway and you'll be able to see Victoria!

Is your astrantia in beside it?

What can I have thats large instead of troughs at the front of a house! Help

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:33

If you're any good at DIY Paul, it's relatively cheap to buy timber from a timber merchant and build some raised beds. I know that the ones I've done recently for my apple trees would have cost £50/60 each at least, (they're about 70cm square and about 45cm high) but they've cost nothing like that. You'd need some 2"/3" timber for the legs and they could be free-standing if you can't concrete them into the ground. A 3.6 m length of 100 or 150mm  x 22mm fencing timber would only be a few pounds. They might cut it to a better length for you so that you can get it in the car, or you can take a saw!

Just a thought....

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:13

Could be one of the campanulas Victoria. Long time since I've grown any and there's tons of varieties but some of them have that kind of foliage.

Looks like lots more flower buds all down the stem too. It should flower soon so you'll get a better idea if no one else recognises it. I'm sure someone will though!


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:04

GCs are fatal really. I'm trying hard to resist the temptation to go to the nursery since it's wet. If I leave it for another hour it'll be closed by the time I get there.......* sigh *


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:31

I know we're always told 'see what's growing in nearby gardens' but I like to grow other things so that my garden isn't just a carbon copy of everyone else's. Scottish gardens often have loads of Rhodies, Azaleas, Pieris and heather, and while that's fine, it doesn't mean it's all you can grow. Sometimes it's because of the choices available locally in GCs so I like to go further afield and have a different look if I can.

As you say Charley - the learning process is great and the forum means instant access to all these other experienced, knowledgeable people - for free! 

PS - I've never visited the Isle of Man but it's where my (English) Dad met my Mum many decades ago,  so it has a special bit of meaning for me.  


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:22

Trouble is -  I had a bit of a 'day of rest' yesterday too KEF - did very little really  

Could have some lunch...perhaps an egg 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:18

Oh well - that's a whole row of these then Lesley!  

and two for the pot 

I counted the forks and knives separately - there only was a couple of plates 

This forum

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:15

Don't think I'm very good at that OL. The girls brought me this sign back from their holidays.....

Think we have something in common Jim....



Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:08

All the jobs needing done outside here are of the sawing and screwing together variety and it's too wet for that. Did some deadheading and tidying yesterday, as well as planting the apple tree, so there's really nothing much else I can do outside today. I was going to cut the grass yesterday but  it's looking nice and green so I decided to leave it in case we get a lot more dry weather. I'll cut it on a higher setting next time I think, unless the rain forgets to go off for the rest of the summer!

I've washed a few dishes Lesley - does that count towards a  ?


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