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New Grass Seed - Yellowing

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:02

I sowed a new lawn in the back garden this summer - a beautiful emerald sward which is now yellowing. I used a lot of grit and compost to assist drainage as we get high rainfall. It's just the time of year. My front grass is the same and it's lovely during the summer after a spring feed. I don't use an autumn feed, but I spiked them both during September to help a little during winter.

A good regime from spring onwards will see it recover, Fledgling  


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:49
Topbird wrote (see)

Spurtle is one of those great words ..... 


and much better than gusset T'bird....  

Saying goodbye

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:47

Cracking big logs Dove - they'd make good stools 

Great opportunity for planting though - what fun 

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:40

I found a couple of pix of my 'sunken' garden. First one shows the level of the area of grass - which wasn't quite the lowest part of the garden. There was a lower gravelled area - about a foot lower

 This one shows the area to the left of the previous pic - you can see  the deck adjoining the house (and a red admiral butterfly!)

The gravelled area was about three feet  below the level of the deck. The steps (on left) led down to that, and that's where I often sat with a cuppa 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:06

Clay and lots of rain here Steve - so I generally keep them potted. Having said that, my raised beds house sedums with no problem, because I've 'made' the soil.  Mainly of grit and compost  

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 15:28

I had a lower level area in my garden round the corner - unfortunately, no pix as it was pre digital camera  and we created that by terracing the sloping, grass covered garden. An extension meant the garden was considerably lower than the house, and I often preferred sitting in the lowest part rather then the deck which we created along the rear of the house. It felt very sheltered and secret even though it wasn't!

I think this requires a bit of thought before going ahead with it. It would need to be a paved area like the last pic  - gravel if it's on the shady side as it's non slip. Even a small area of soil  removed will be a big quantity to shift, so you need to factor in how you get it out. Three metres square dug down a metre is 9 cubic metres. That's a decent skip's worth! 

Some pix of your plot, including the rear of the house, would really help vw1978 . 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 15:21

If you've got really gritty soil and low rainfall, you could put them in the ground, they should be fine. If you get a lot of rain, and the ground's less than perfect, then I'd keep them potted. 

Nothing like sitting on the fence Steve ....


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 15:18

Thought he wasn't going till Monday Dove. How many flip flops does one man need....

Two dogs RB  I hope they throw the book - and anything else to hand - at them. Sadly, it just doesn't seem to be taken seriously enough. No wonder people feel let down by the Justice system sometimes. No consistency. Your son seems a very strong character. I hope the sun shines a bit more on him over the next few days and weeks. 

Have you started whittling yet Dove? I quite fancy a spurtle for my porridge 

New Lawn

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 08:01

Sounds good in theory Steve - what do you do if the lawn's circular?....

I know - you put  the peg for the string in the middle! 

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 07:58

There's huge variation in climate in Britain Nanny. Hosta gets a lot of rain where he is in Devon. We had a lousy summer too - even by our standards (west Scotland). If you're at any altitude, the weather is totally different from lower down, adn teh temps on forecast are for cities. Drop that a fair bit if get more rural. Our temps are, on average, between 5 and ten degrees lower than the south at any time, and when you add wind factor, that's a big difference. 

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