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Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:05

cc - take a well earned break now  - you deserve it!  

I know how much graft's involved doing that kind of stuff so give yourself a little rest to think about the planting and the other changes you still want. The bones are all there now so have a bit of fun thinking about the lovely plants you can put in or start growing for next spring and summer  

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 07:54

I'm also a single working mother of two Donna - so I know about the problems involved! Getting the bit nearest the house is always the best way of tackling a big job as you can see the results of your efforts there all the time,  and it's easier to ignore the bits further away 

I'd still be inclined to consider getting someone in to clear the big rough area to give you a chance of getting on top of it all before winter. You might think it's an unnecessary expense but the benefit to your sanity could be worth it. When the going gets tough - at least you won't have all those brambles to face. They're hard enough to keep at bay once you do get rid of them. 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:00

Only the first pic was there when I posted Donna! It's hard at this time of year because you're running out of daylight and weather so just do what you can - the way you're already doing. It will gradually get better!  

Winter is for plotting and planning and getting some encouragement from people on here so keep posting. Take plenty of pix as you go along because looking at how far you've come is a big boost when you're feeling a bit fed up with it all.

Come spring, a bit of renovation to the grass will give your girls a great place to play outside and you can start getting other areas in order. Before you know it, you'll have a garden  

We have a seed/plant swap thread here too Donna, so you'll be able to get some freebies to get you going  

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:44

Better than the gym though Donna! 

It looks better than I expected from your description so you've done really well to get that much done.  It's important to get rid of perennial, deep rooted weeds - don't rotivate whatever you do as it will only make things worse -each bit left in the soil will re grow. Hand weed or use glyphosate whenever new growth comes through and keep on top of weeding till you get plants and grass in where you want them. If you're not  ready for planting, you can cover the cleared areas with landscape fabric and bark or gravel for the winter, or cover them with some well rotted manure, if you can get hold of it, and that will help suppress weeds while the worms take it into the soil and improve it for spring.  

Lawn advice

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:34

You really need to use a weed and feed product in spring and regularly through the growing season if necessary. Reseed if there are a lot of bare areas due to moss and weeds which the product will kill off. Then mow regularly through the season - at least once a week - but don't scalp the grass. That's the mistake most people make, and all it does is weaken the grass and give weeds the conditions they like to thrive. Never take more than about a third of the length off at one time. That way, the grass is healthy and able to withstand the onslaught.  

Odd blooming time

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:20

Mine never stop flowering really. The native primulas all have flowers just now 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:17

Can you post some pix Donna? The tree icon on the toolbar above the posting window is where to do that. 

I'm assuming the soil could be clay if it's cracking - it bakes solid in hot dry weather and cracks appear, and when it's wet, it's soggy! The good news is that it's very fertile and once you get some well rotted manure and grit dug into it, you can grow loads of plants if that's what you want to do.

You need to tackle the brambles and grass and you'll need a strimmer or something similar to cut it all down so that you can remove it and see what you've actually got. If it's very bad you might want to 'get  a man in'  to save you the grief. There may be all sorts of things lying underneath it. If you just want a simple area of grass for children to play initially, you'll need a lawn mower, and a spade and fork to tackle the planting areas.

There's plenty of people here to help you along the way and offer advice so keep posting and asking questions and we'll all try to help. Photos are a big help if you can do some, especially if there are any plants and shrubs you want identified. 

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:07


I think if you want a succession of flowering from plants like Cosmos, you either need to do two sowings a few weeks apart, or pinch out one lot for later flowers as Lyn and Verd have said. 


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:59

fidget - I thought they were never going to materialise. I hope it doesn't suddenly turn freezing cold and kill them off now! 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:54

I love those little Sternbergias -  a little ray of sun on  a dull autumn day 

I like jungly Bamboogie.  Going to have a little hot spot here too with Cannas etc. Black Knight sounds good  - pity it's not the one you've got although it's still a great colour. I used to have Durban which has dark foliage and good rich orange flowers.

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