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Some advice for my recently seeded lawn please

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 17:40

Don't want to disillusion you, but if you're having building work done, you'd have been better leaving the grass till after it's finished....

I'd agree with Dave though - you may have to repair the areas which haven't been firmed enough, it's too late to really alter that much, so filling in any dips later when it all settles would be the best way to go.

You can use seed for shade, and it often works reasonably well, but be prepared to work quite hard if you want it to look decent, and that might be difficult if you have dogs going on it. Whatever grass seed you use, use it on the whole garden, not just one area, so that it blends. It won't look right otherwise as you'll have different areas of 'green'. 

Pyracanthea Slow Growth

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 17:27

As has been said - they grow more slowly than annuals and weeds! It looks a nice healthy plant, but it'll take  a while to establish and put on some growth. 

The plant behind looks like it could be a lily. A stray bulb....Can't see it terribly well though.  

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 17:09

I wouldn't worry too much then Pete. If the plants are doing well otherwise, then it shouldn't bother them. 

If you have high temps, but also some rain, ventilation/air flow is important too, for the health of the plants. We got to 16 degrees  here today where I live (Scotland) and with little wind so it was lovely. That passes for hot for me! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 08:09

Nice opportunity for a change Joyce  

I've just ordered some more clematis....

Better go and earn some dosh to pay for them  

Have a good day everyone

Need help Plants dieing

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 08:07

My best guess is that they've had too little light initially, which they really need, and have become weakened by trying to get more - becoming etiolated. When they're young and vulnerable, a change in temp can make them droop, so even having them outside at all won't have helped. If you've been growing a lot of them, especially in  a confined space, they may well have been weak already and lacking nutrients. You shouldn't have had lots of them dying.  Lightly watered with plenty of ventilation and warmth, most tomato plants grow very easily. Have you been feeding them? They don't need that either - that can do more harm than good.

I still think they look very wet. That can be as damaging as being too dry, but they cope with, and recover from, dry conditions far better than soaking ones. I wouldn't use those cup things either - get some decent plastic pots to grow them in  

Where have my bluebells Gone?

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 08:00

They may have rotted, but as they like damp ground, that's unlikely. Squirrels possibly. Did they flower, or just not come up at all? 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 07:55
Joyce21 says:

BL - 

BBC Scotland News site -   webcam showing red squirrel trying to peep into osprey nest.

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What are you digging out Joyce?

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there. I haven't read back beyond this page.

Clari - you just lock them (small children) in a cupboard to keep them out the way....

Enjoy your visit BL. 

Quite nice here but a lot of dark clouds. Washing's going out anyway - it can take it's chances.Taken a couple of pics of my first Lord Bute flowers. Looking forward to putting them out when it warms up enough. Too cold at night for any little souls. 

Portugal - plants to survive

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 07:46

Moisture is important for them ,so I  think if you could create a damp shady spot for them that doesn't dry out too much in summer, you might manage it. Light soil isn't ideal, so you may need to improve what you have if it's light and free draining. Wind isn't an issue for them though, or that height above sea level.

Need help Plants dieing

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 20:04

So have you been putting them outside each day for a couple of weeks? They're not ready for that Ange.

Ideas for two trees in front of house?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:51

I'd steer clear of apple trees for that very reason hogweed!

Hard to beat Amelanchier for almost any situation, but be sure to pick a nice specimen that you can keep as a 'tree' shape. They're often multi stemmed as they're really shrubs rather than trees.

The spindle tree - Euonymous europaeus - is another nice option. Birches too - light canopy so won't block light. I love the ornamental pear - Pyrus salicifolius which does eventually get reasonably big, but can be pruned quite easily. 

Evergreens can be tricky for that sort of situation  - you'd need to keep on top of pruning from early on. If they get to any size, they'll be very solid looking and will be very dense.

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