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Is it too late to sow a new lawn?

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 14:09

Grass seed needs around 17 degrees to germinate, and it takes a couple of weeks. 

As redwing says - no point. I couldn't even get it to germinate in July this year as it wasn't consistently that temperature.

When you sow in spring will also depend on where you are in the country, and what your conditions are. Ideally , wait till the ground is warming up but you still have moisture. Saves watering 


Posted: 20/10/2017 at 08:07

A good hosing down usually gets rid of aphids, if that's what you have. Most of these small insects can be disposed of that way.

A pic of the wider area would help too, but if plants are crowded together, that tends to encourage more pests. If plants are healthy, they tend to shrug of pests more easily  though, so good airflow round them is beneficial, and unless you have a serious infestation, they won't do too much damage.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat - have you got your waders on? 

Looking good Obelixx. Doesn't take long to get things almost habitable does it? 

Friday - hurray. It's been a helluva week at work  

Hope no-one gets too many problems with the wild weather coming in. Mainly the south west from what I understand. 

Last edited: 20 October 2017 07:55:45

Corner border- shelter and shade

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 21:15

I have an endless supply Harry, as I work in an equestrian centre  

I'd use any of the bagged manures - whichever one you feel is suitable. Some of the heavier, more moisture retentive composts would probably do a good job too. Anything which will add a bit of heart to your soil and help retain moisture because of the site.It's not a problem I have living in the west of  Scotland - dry soil!  

As it's shady - white and pale colours are useful as they light up darker spots. Variegated foliage is also good, so it might be worth looking at that type of planting. There' are some pale hardy fuchsias which might suit, although I don't know if they'll appreciate drier conditions. White potentillas will be fine in almost any soil once established, and though not evergreen , will flower for a long period. Most Euphorbias will also be fine in dry shade, and will give a good display and contrast to other planting all year round. There are evergreen Carexes with gold/green foliage which will also be fine, and the deciduous Hakonechloa makes a nice golden, weeping clump throughout the summer and into autumn. Mine is just changing colour and starting to go over  just now, so it's a good long lasting plant for a mixed border.  

Some vertical perennials like white Japanese Anemones will also give a contrast to the shape of shrubs. They flower a bit later, and there are white Aquilegias for early in the year. Pale hardy geraniums will always be useful too. 

There will be plenty of other shrubs/plants too, and if you mix them with spring bulbs, especially creamy or white narcissus and crocus, you'll get a long succession of flowers. 

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Posted: 19/10/2017 at 20:09

Mine are the same - they grow in quite dense shade too, and damp soil, so they're very useful for awkward areas. 

I have some under a conifer, as well as in borders, but it doesn't dry out there, so they're fine. 


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 20:01

I can't see the pic clearly, but it looks more like whitefly. 

Usually, lack of good ventilation round the plant encourages them. Are the plants inside or out?

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:40

Dacha - it's a well used Scottish expression ( or possibly just Glaswegian) I'm sure you can guess the meaning!   

Compact Soil

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:37

If you can get hold of some well rotted manure to put on bare soil/borders etc, that will also benefit it. You can also buy it bagged in garden centres and the aforementioned DIY store 

If you're near a riding school or stables, you might be able to get it quite cheaply. It has to be well rotted though if you have plants in the beds, as fresh stuff will have an adverse affect on plant material. You can always stack fresh stuff somewhere in a corner, and leave till spring  to use on beds and borders with planting 

Corner border- shelter and shade

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:25

If it's going to be generally dry, you need to look for plants that will suit those soil conditions. They're more likely to thrive if you choose wisely. Right plant, right place  

Some shrubs for structure would be a good idea, especially if you want to hide the wall a bit during the winter, although you might want to consider a couple of climbers too. A bit of trellis on the wall for them would also help disguise the wall. 

Borderline is right - the addition of some good, well rotted manure will have great benefits - for all sorts of plants. 


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 19:04

I think I'm right in saying you're in my neck of the woods oooft.

As said - if it's pelargoniums you have (not hardy geraniums) they'd be better in your house. A porch with plenty of glass would be ideal, or just a window ledge. If your seedlings are all leaving the conservatory, just keep them in there  

Your perennials would be fine in a cold frame if hardened off a bit now. It does depend what they are though, and how well grown they are. Hardy perennial seedlings should be fine, but anything more tender might be best left in the conservatory. Make sure you still have a bit of ventilation though - in both places.

I use mine mainly for protecting things which would be battered by rough weather - wind and rain. I don't grow much that isn't hardy. 

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