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Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:18

The grass is just stronger jill. If it gets scalped short by the mower, weeds get the upper hand and even over the winter they just sit there waiting for a glint of warmth and off they go. If the grass is healthy and well fed it can stop them getting too much of a foothold before you start to feed and cut in the spring. It also looks a bit better at the end of the winter when everything looks so dead and yellowy/brown -  or it does up here anyway! 

Any e.g. of Japanese knotweed actually damaging a property?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 17:03

There's another thread on here about knotweed Adam, and I posted on it as my ex husband bought a property with his partner a year or two ago and the woodland next to it has knotweed which the council is treating as it is their responsibility. It was in his garden but no one mentioned it at the time it was surveyed. Up here we have a more in depth home report done by the vendor which covers all the usual stuff plus other features like an energy rating. He has a mortgage but I don't know what the outcome would have been if it had been picked up on the survey. I think you may need to do a bit more investigation and some mortgage companies might be more willing than others to lend. I suppose you have to think of resale value as well. I know how hard it is when you have your heart set on something but a bit of extra caution might not go amiss.

Sorry if that wasn't really very helpful 

What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:53

I used some of the dried manure (think you can get it quite easily) in the garden of the house I moved into 20 years ago. Not much had been done in the garden - it had just been maintained and was mainly grass. As I made borders I used that and when I was ready to plant them I just added some compost and grit every time I put a new plant in. Eventually the ground was really quite good. I'm doing the same here but I've also just made some raised timber beds which I'm putting all the plants in that I brought with me in pots. Removing the turf to make the beds is the tough bit! A little at a time  and you get there though 

Woodlice/woodworm white willow

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:50

Perhaps it would be worth contacting a tree surgeon to give it the once over if you're concerned about it Sonia. I know that might be an expense you don't want but it could be worth it in the long run for the peace of mind, especially if it overhangs a road or neighbouring property. 

Is this Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:47

Hi Peter. I believe councils with this problem are using high strength weedkillers now with good results, but I don't know what tactics they're using with them. My ex husband lives next door to a wooded area and it was coming through into the garden so they are now addressing it.  I expect they've done it over the summer and will look at it in spring when growth gets going again. If I can remember to ask him more about it I will. 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:34

It's not the ideal situation but that's life sometimes! Your only alternative is leaving them but it would mean buying replacements so you have to work with the circumstances you have.

Good luck with it! 

Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:30

Hi Jill- I'd leave the mower on a higher setting as it prevents the grass struggling over winter and means it's got a better start next year and is more able to fight off the weeds. I cut mine about a week ago thinking it would be the last cut of the year, but with all the rain and some milder than usual weather, it's grown quite a bit since! Not sure I'll get a chance to give it another one though. 

Northern Ontario Canada snow

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:12

Bill- I have cousins in Vancouver. My aunt married a Canadian who was here during the war- he was in the air force. She went back with him and lived there the rest of her life. I went there on my honeymoon - 20 years ago. It's a beautiful country. 

What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:01

It's always sad removing annuals Macavity - I was the same with the sweet peas recently but they are probably worth more to you as next year's compost just now. I'm on clay too and it's always worth putting a bit of effort into getting the soil more friable. Plants get off to a good start and don't need lots of fussing about with. The fertile clay does the work for you. I sympathise re your back - mine's the same  


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 13:51

Afternoon all. Normal service seems to be pretty much resumed here I see. 

Did someone mention cake by any chance?  

We had Crunchies at work today - just little ones though. We were very stressed....

Rain on and off so might get a few more bulbs in. 


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