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Please Help.... Nasty Weed

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 17:23

Yes - bluebells. Pick a still, cloudy day for the weedkiller if you can as it helps prevent any being blown onto plants you want to protect, and the cloud cover means the foliage will be slightly damper which helps absorb it . Evenings are good as it means avoiding using it when lots of bees are still around. You could also screen the bluebells off with polythene or something similar as a temporary solution until the weedkiller dries. Keep an eye on the weeds as new growth can come through quickly. It's an ongoing problem for gardeners, but see it as a challenge!  

Best bee/butterfly border plant.

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 17:17

Hi Justin, there are loads to choose from. For dampish ground Heucheras and Tiarellas have flower spikes which are great for bees and hoverflies. Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder) - blue flowers and a white variety too, many hardy geraniums and Astilbes will be happy there. Early flowering native primulas are a great asset as well as spring bulbs - daffs and narcissus are more than happy in semi shade -- because they provide early food for bees. If you have room Acteas (used to be called Cimcifuga) are large, clump forming plants with tall flower spikes of scented flowers which insects love. 

Please Help.... Nasty Weed

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 17:07

I'd go with nut's advice and use a decent weedkiller. It would be a soul destroying job trying to get those out. It's the ideal time as they're growing strongly - that means they'll take the weedkiller up successfully. Follow the instructions carefully and be ready to re apply at a later date when any more new growth comes through. 

Help me stop my new lawn from going patchy and brown

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:10

I'd agree with the others about a path in the middle and the problems that might cause so it's worth investigating that area thoroughly.  Grass often looks a bit rough after the winter but if you've fed it and it's been watered in there shouldn't be a problem. The clumping would only be an issue if it didn't get enough water to dissolve it properly, but any patches will gradually be covered by existing grass spreading into them. All I would add is to say try not to cut the grass too short at this stage - cut more frequently and take a small amount off only, especially during dry spells. That will certainly help it grow more strongly.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:02

Morning all. Beautiful here but I doubt we had much of a frost if any at all. Pity I have to go to work.

Brilliant Edd! Can you come and build me on pretty please? There's nothing more beautiful than a well constructed stone wall 

Didn't see the prog last night doc but I know what you mean. Not sure why everything has to be a competition these days.

Dove - when you consider that some children don't know that the chips they frequently scoff come form potatoes and that those grow in the ground - it's not surprising. Sad isn't it?

I'd better get a wiggle on. Should I leave the washing for a fairy child to hang out or dash out and do it myself...

Have a good day everyone 



Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:47

I crept up on him (or her)  Lesley....

but he/she didn't mind!  

Dusty soil... How to fix?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:45

I'm just concerned about Craigh - his 'soul has a fine dusty crust on top'.....

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:42

Hi Dave. I've just read this thread and I can understand how you're feeling a bit fed up. I blame those who sell laurels at that height to start with as they always need a good prune on planting, need more monitoring re water and food, and will take much longer to establish. Smaller plants (2 to 3 feet)  establish better and grow quicker - catching up and overtaking bigger ones. I'm also quite horrified at what you've paid for them  

 You've done the right thing by following the advice everyone has given about cutting back etc. and by the end of summer they will be doing well - and next year they will have turned into  a good hedge. If you apply a mulch round the base that will help keep them weed free which is an advantage.  Your neighbour's conifers won't have been cheap either and he may yet encounter a few problems with them establishing. Anything big has to be watched closely for quite a while.

Don't lose heart. 


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 17:29

Hello everybody peeps 

Busy day at work and now I have to get dinner and go and pick up some things with daughter so just having a quick shuftie here.

Hosta's been busy - watch that knee though 

I don't care for the makeover thing much either - it's too much of a 'cheap tv' exercise for me, but I'd always defend the right of people to have a go at something they really want to try and do. At least they won't look back in 20 or 30 years with regret because they never had a go. 

Dove  Please don't give it to me  Hope you're better soon 

Lovely pix BL - we need DavidK's camera thread - I've forgotten exactly what it's called though.

Lesley - we do have sunshine and blue skies in Scotland sometimes... Mr Sheep was enjoying it last Friday too!



Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:10

Morning all. No time to be on yesterday as I cut grass, collected a daughter who helped me with bags of bark, then dinner, then other daughter needed help - (exams for her this week too ) then it was time for the last episode of Safe House and bed  

Hope all the exam takers do well. Good luck to all 

 I sympathise Lesley - starlings are a damn nuisance if they're nesting in the house. The house across from me has them and he doesn't seem to realise the damage they're doing to his property! Get the holes blocked after they go, although it's hard to keep them out once they find a way in 

Off to work in a mo. No rest for the wicked.

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're up to, and take it easy all the recently injured parties and those who've been grafting outdoors!

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