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Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:54

CJ - I think there's some very good advice there from Bboy and Verdun. It's easy to get a bit over analytical about lawns. I'd agree with what they both say - too much food and water really. The bit you're worried about - at the edges of the patio- will possibly get more wear and tear which will make it more likely to be worn, and it may just be more compacted which doesn't help drainage and that's a big factor for healthy grass. I never water grass unless it's a newly seeded area and, although we have high rainfall here normally, in all the dry weather recently and last summer, my grass was green and healthy as it had been fed earlier in the year and regularly cut.  I simply avoid walking on it too much if there's been a lot of rain, especially in spring,  as it doesn't help with the structure of the ground.

I reckon most people would be delighted to have as green a 'sward' as you have there! 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:37

'Bonnie' - OL- you have to  get the correct spelling you know.... although some parts are distinctly 'un' bonnie 

I'll check how to do them and get some organised for you. They make big shrubs - mine have grown a fair bit already, although they were biggish to start off with.

Lesley -

I need milk as well as bread  Clari - I always need milk - I drink so much tea 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:03

Home from work and another busy day. Not had time to catch up here recently (too busy watching the tennis yesterday ) but hope doc has made it to Glasto and everyone is surviving the weather/work/slugs/mothers-in-law/injuries - delete as appropriate. Think that covers everyone! 

OL- I have two oak leaf hydrangeas which I bought last year so if you want cuttings of them I can do some for you. The flowers are white, late summer, with lovely leaf colour in autumn.

Have to go soon and deliver a child somewhere and get some bread. 

At least it's dry so I might get something done when I come back.

Clematis and yellowing leaves

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:51

It may be a drainage problem then Chris. Keep it off the ground with some little supports - anything will do, so that excess water drains away. It's quite a small pot but as long as it's fed and watered appropriately you'll get flowers. I had a clematis in a pot that size with sweet peas last year. Make sure the pot gets some shade  - I had mine in partial shade and also had other pots round it to prevent the roots cooking, which clematis don't like. Sun for their heads but shade for their feet.

It may just be a bit slow this year after being munched. Water it regularly but don't feed so often until there are buds and flowers coming. If you put your finger in the compost to check - it should just be damp not soaking wet. A mulch of gravel  will help prevent it drying out too much in hot weather.  It sounds as if it's growing fine - it just needs a bit of time and tlc 


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:51


I had a very large mug of tea when I got to work 


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:39

Lesley - I'm as confused as you are. Someone's getting a shovel covered in vaseline and honey, Verd's got ointment for nuts on filberts, people are measuring cucumbers and KEF's got an appointment with a chihuahua....or have I got that all wrong? 

I'm the only sane one psychiatrist told me so.

doc- hope your mum's ok. I know what you mean about being too young. Do you still look in the mirror and see a 25 year old punk with spiky hair and an attitude? 

Clematis and yellowing leaves

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 16:21

What kind of clematis is it Chris?  If it's a montana type it won't do very well in a pot as they need a good root run to do their thing. It will need a little time to get established and build up a good root system especially after being decimated by slugs and snails so it might just be doing that. I'm wondering if you're actually over watering too, and normally you wouldn't need to  feed so often when there are no flowers or buds showing. Do you have a pic you could put on - that will help with other suggestions too 

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 16:12

Edd - if I had a hat on, I'd take it off to you right now. You're such a good soul and it restores my faith in human nature hearing stories like that.

I know lots of people don't like decking, but in the right location it can be excellent. It's more forgiving than paving too - like when you drop something important and breakable...

Enjoy your holiday when you get the chance. 


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:51

Hello all. Had a power cut this morning so couldn't even get a cup of tea before i went to work...

Had a bit of light rain here today but not really enough to save me watering some things later. Off to have a quick catch up before I sort dinner and do a few bits and pieces. 

can anyone id this plant for me please

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:48

I'd agree - looks like Agapanthus to me too. 

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