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Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:36

An arch would probably be a good idea, but you might need another clematis to grow up from the other side. They're very addictive   

Don't be frightened to keep asking questions. It can be difficult to deal with all the emerging plants when you inherit a space, but it's also exciting. You've done the right thing in waiting to see what's growing, but sometimes everything bursts into growth and it's hard to keep up!

There's plenty of people here with all kinds of knowledge based on personal experience, and they'll help with all sorts of problems. Enjoy all the plants you have in the meantime  

Laying lawn turf and would appreciate advice

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:29

Yes - I'd mix the new soil in with the existing stuff, to get a good balance, and to ensure the soil is well loosened up. Then do the firming down - you walk across back and forth over the soil, pressing down with your heels. Then rake it all level, and leave for a week or two to see how it settles. In theory - you could lay the turf at that point, but when the ground has been under gravel for along time, it can be quite solid and unforgiving, so it's worth taking the time to get it right.  If you get a  lot of rain for instance - that will alter it, so you may have to rake and level and fill dips at that point. The better the surface before laying turf, the better the finish will be. 

The front garden will be fine most of the time, and you'll only need to cut it regularly. It will probably get a bit mossy, but a weed and feed product in spring will help with that. You'll get advice with that sort of thing for next year when it's about February/ March time. 

Once your turf is laid - the most important thing is to keep it well watered - especially for the first few weeks, and in long, hot dry spells.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:03

I doubt they'd manage to find their way to the brewery without a Sherpa and a decent compass T'bird. As we say here - they couldn't score in a barrel of fa**ies .....

Thanks Hosta. I've posted a few times on other threads, but just not here. All that stuff at the weekend got to me a bit. Grateful for what I have when I see all the sh**e that happens. A little bit of bird watching and doing simple things helps to get a sense of perspective for a little while. 

Is it too soon to hope for impeachment in Trumpsville?   

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Laying lawn turf and would appreciate advice

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 18:55

No problem - soil sounds quite free draining then, so you probably only need a decent topsoil mixed into the existing soil you have to bring it up to the level you want. You'd have to calculate the area and depth to give you the volume of soil you'll need. If you're unsure, there are tables available to help, and usually the suppliers of soil will also have a facility to calculate it. Bear in mind that you need to level the area, firm it all down, and rake it afterwards to get the best base for your turf to go on. If you don't prep it well, you'll end up with lots of lumps and bumps which can be trickier to fix later. The soil will also settle a bit, so don't rush into getting the turf laid too quickly after preparing the site. It's a good idea to have some extra soil available to correct any bits that settle more than others. 

I should have asked you what aspect  each garden is too. One will be shadier than the other though - as you want to do front and back gardens. The shadier one will benefit from a turf suitable for that. As it's also for your daughter to play on - I'd go for something hard wearing. Anything too fine will suffer from all the footfall!

PH Soil testing

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 18:16

Actually - you're wrong. Rhodendrons grow in neutral soil every bit as well as acid soil.

Lulu - are you wanting to plant something  in particular, and are worried about your soil being suitable for it? If so - what else is growing round about you in other gardens? 

Top heavy clematis

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 18:05

In addition to Obelixx's sound advice - I think you need a bit of extra support for your clem. Is it just growing up the drainpipe?  If you can train it horizontally rather than just letting it grow vertically, that will help when it puts on new growth and outgrows it's surroundings. You can do that at a later stage when you've pruned etc, so don't worry about that too much just now.

It can be a bit tricky if they've been allowed to grow in one direction only for too long, but it can be salvaged with a bit of care   

I'd just remove anything that looks a bit ragged and done. It's what sometimes happens with inclement weather unfortunately. Mine are always well fastened in as we can get rough weather at any time of year here  

Laying lawn turf and would appreciate advice

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:58

If the areas have been covered in gravel for a long time, the soil will be compacted, so I would address that rather then analysing the soil type too much. What you need is good drainage and light  for grass to thrive, so actually - you might have been better digging the gravel into the soil, if it was a fairly small size.

Be careful what type of sand you use - it needs to be gritty stuff, not builder's sand which will make things worse. If you can dig over the soil throughly, loosening it up, and then gently firming it back down, that will be the first step to take. 

What are the surroundings of the plot like too? If there are lots of overhanging trees and shrubs, or high walls, fences and buildings nearby, that will affect grass growth, either by sucking up nutrients or causing shade - or both. 

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:51

Don't worry - the soil level will settle over time anyway.  

Most people need to buy more soil/compost etc as the weather settles the ground, because usually not enough is ordered, rather than too much! 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:43

Evening all. Is it evening? Bl***y feels like it anyway.

Been slightly absent from this thread in the last few days. Won't bore you with it all.  Haven't felt very chatty.

Yes Dove and Tbird -  we had a certain party looking for rosettes on Monday afternoon. Yes - we said we'd do 'some', but they'd have to pick them up - on Tuesday. Yes that's fine. Colleague stayed till half ten (unpaid) on Monday night doing them. 'Party' phoned by my colleague on Tuesday morning. No one came. Wednesday - they were phoned again. She (who 'deals with it' ) wasn't there - she'll phone back, we were told. She eventually phoned back - at almost 4pm. 'We're too busy - can you deliver them?'.  'Yes - they'll go in the carrier/post tomorrow  and you'll get them the next day.

'But there's an election tomorrow.....'

Fancy that - we never knew.  

I'm going later to vote. It won't be for them. If they can't even organise that, how can they do anything else. Scunnered with the whole lot of them. 

P*ssing down here. At least it's warmer than it was on Tuesday when it was ten degrees all day. It's been eleven today! That's almost barbecue weather  

I may read back properly now.

Unexpected Find in Growing in Grass in the back garden

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 12:40

Common spotted orchids look like this once they've developed fully. The leaves have spots on them, hence the name. Sometimes they're a bit more vertical looking as they grow . They don't have numerous flowerheads on one stem though 

They're always beautiful Mobow. That pic was taken half way up Beinn Bhuide in Glen Fyne a couple of years ago. The area of orchids was probably covering about a hundred metres square, on the moorland plateau. They're just getting going now on the hills. Hope you get your little sea of them 

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