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Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:42

If you use timber for the supports for your terraces, it would also be worth lining them with black plastic to give extra protection against any soil or water lying against them, especially if they're higher. I built a revettment wall years ago at right angles to my deck which was a couple of feet high. I used marine ply fixed to concreted-in posts, lined it .with plastic then faced it with decking. That ensured it was substantial enough to retain the planted area behind it and would last well.


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:32

Just home for some lunch and having a quick look round. Glad Mum's fine KEF 

I'm surprised there's no ducks in my back garden right now fidget. Somewhat pond-like at the moment 

Front grass is getting longer by the minute - it'll be a while before it gets cut though! 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:22

Hugs to you for your mum KEF. x

Have to go now so will catch up properly  later.

Carol's saying snow up here tomorrow...hope it stays slightly further north...

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:20

I should have added that if it was plug plants I'd do exactly as chicky says - pot them up. I rarely buy plants that way though. It does depend on your own soil conditions and climate etc. I wouldn't take the risk up here in March  with our cold wet soil! 

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 07:54

At this time of year lots of small plants have only just been put into that pot you get them in so they're not very well established MrsG. They've often been newly divided for example. It lets them get a bit root growth and get settled in if you leave them for a little while. I bought a few Irises recently - they're newly divided so the roots aren't filling the pots yet. If I plant them out just now they'd tend to fall apart, so I'll put them in the shelter of the house or put into the raised beds still in their pots till later in the year. 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 07:42

Morning all. Pretty vile here today - just as well I'm at work. Rain battering the windows 

You're going to be busy Andy!

Off for a quick look round before I go - didn't see any posts last night. 

Have a good day everyone.

gardening and mental health

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:38

Couldn't agree more with what's already been said. A garden becomes a sanctuary if you feel stressed.

Verd - that book will always be treasured  and it must give you a lot of comfort knowing that. That loss won't leave you or your family but finding a meaningful  way of dealing with it is a huge part of the recovery.  It's easy to suffer from 'analysis paralysis'.

I understand completely about the writing itself being therapy pd. Putting it all down on paper is very cathartic and somehow it gives your thoughts clarity, instead of them just going round in your head. 

You can feel lonely in a room full of people - in  a garden you're never lonely.

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:15

There's a house near me which was up for sale last year and the owners planted a row of standard Photinias in the gravelled strip between their garden and the one next door - presumably to tart up the rather empty front garden for selling. They look dire, and look worse with every passing month. It's quite an open sunny site and there are so many other things they could have chosen which would have done a better job and would probably have been a lot cheaper too. A house across the road from me also has one and it looks equally awful. I don't think they grow well here at all - wet, cold clay in most gardens.

I've never been tempted to buy one. I'd agree with Verdun  - they need a bit of shelter and the right soil to have any impact.


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:59

Managed to get a bit more fence painted but it's very wild and windy. Very black skies so hopefully the paint will be reasonably dry before it lashes down! My garden is still quite exposed which doesn't help. Planning application accepted today so once the extension's built it might help shelter it a bit more!

Lasagne for dinner cooking. Feeling rather hungry 

Hornbeam Hedge

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 16:58

Jim - that's the polite word! I can't repeat what we used to call them at my last house, but after they munched their way through large quantities of new, supposedly rabbit proof plants,  overnight, a machine gun was next on my shopping list 

They can be worse some years than others Dave - unfortunately! We had a long front boundary fence which would eventually have been replaced with a hedge, but the previous owners  had put daffs and snowdrops all the way along it and it really was lovely. It's the new little baby rabbits in spring that do most of the damage - they have a nibble at anything and everything - and that makes it difficult to have lots of perennials. 

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