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Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:28

If you have a field backing onto your garden, be prepared to keep on top of weeding and feeding if you want a nice lawn - you'll always get lots of stuff coming in. It goes with the territory I'm afraid. A good routine in spring and autumn will be necessary to keep it looking good and it's worth doing it if you're going to the trouble of preparing a new one. 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:20

Re electric fence - don't put anything on the 'field' side of the wall. That will bring all sorts of problems too. If you try that, put it on your side. Cows aren't the brightest of creatures, so a decent barrier keeps them out. Plant hawthorn if you don't want to put a fence or other type of physical barrier up,  and you don't get anywhere with the farmer. They really don't like being told what to do - even when you have every right to request the maintenance. You wouldn't believe what some of them will do. I've seen it loads of times.

Watering Dwarf Delphinium's

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:03

Wills - they  possibly  need potting on if they're not big enough to plant out. You might be overfeeding them which won't help. What size of pot are they in? They really should be outside and in the ground by now unless they're just small seedlings.  If they're decent sized plants, prepare the ground they're going into properly, water in well when you plant them out and don't water again until they're really needing it  


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:35

Morning all. Hope the weather's good for all the Barnsdale visitors today. 

Dry here again so I hope to get more done outside. A bit cooler today so that makes it easier. 

Think you may get a queue forming once word gets out fidget...

Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:19

Patience Barry  

Most birds have already got their nest sites organised so just keep an eye out for them taking a look at potential new homes, but it might be next year so don't be disheartened. There's lots of food around for birds at this time of year so they may not be interested in feeders just now, but once it gets to autumn you'll find they start coming in. It also depends what birds are in your area so do a little research and take a look at what visits so that you can tailor the type of feed you use. It can take a while for birds to find your hospitality as they may have regular sites elsewhere which they go to first. I've been in this house just over a year and they're getting to know the garden better now -  it just takes a little time 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:10

A word of caution - some farmers can make your life very unpleasant if you get shirty with them.  Always better to ask nicely and just explain the issue politely. The last thing you need is a load of 'something' dumped on your driveway  or over your fence onto your plants. Believe me - it does happen. 

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:20

I think you need to have a word with the farmer Ian if they're pushing the wall down. I assume the wall is the field boundary, in which case it's his responsibility to maintain it. Alternatively - could you put another boundary just to the inside of the wall - even if it's just posts and barbed wire?

Can You Identify This Plant?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:51

I'd agree - Philadelphus 


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:40

They don't bother me but most animals don't. Don't leave bird food or feeders out overnight - only put out what will be eaten  during the day. All rodents will scrounge around for food lying on the ground so just be vigilant with cleaning any areas close to the house and don't leave anything out to encourage them in any way. If you're rural at all you can't really avoid getting mice now and again. If you're not, it may be that a neighbour somewhere is less than hygienic - worth checking out.

 I had one ( a mouse - not a neighbour )  which made a nest in my garage at a previous house. He'd found a bit of polystyrene which he scraped out and put some leaves in it for his little bed. He came out now and again for a scout round the bird table but I made sure there was never anything left on the ground to encourage them.  We lived beside fields and woodland so we were always going to get one indoors occasionally but  it was rare, and only in the coldest winters.

What is eating my Sweet Peas?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:23

Looks like leaf miner to me. Quite common on sweet peas. It's the larvae of beetles o r flies which burrow inside the leaf. I think you can use a chemical deterrent- I just leave them as it doesn't usually affect more than a few leaves and I pick those off. Most sturdy, strong plants won't really come to any harm, in my experience anyway.

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