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How to revive an appalling lawn

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:47

Can't add much to that Mr Dean! My grass here was very neglected when I moved in in February- very little grass and mainly buttercups, clover,dandelions and daisies. I did pretty much what Verdun has said re weed and feed and regular cutting and it now looks great - just the odd little patch of clover and a daisy or two. I didn't even need to seed it as the grass moved into the bare bits. It's had no water (other than the little rain we had) during the heatwave either. Yours sounds like it would need  a bit more work than mine but it's amzing how quickly you can revive it with a llittle effort! 


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:38

Didn't sleep a wink Tina - too busy weeping into my cocoa....

I'll be there soon archie 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:35

LF- they had a lot of those last time I was in aforementioned DIY store -nearly bought some as they looked lovely!

Not for a quid though 

wet soil

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:32

Simple answer is  - you probably can't I'm afraid! You can put chicken wire over the area but of course that makes it hard to put plants in so it would only work if you intend to sow seed which you could do through the mesh. Aternatively you could make a 'cage' type cover with mesh to prevent them getting in to start with - mainly during the late Autumn when they start building up a store - which you can lift off when you want to plant.

Re the waterlogged bit -you could build another raised bed there and put some good drainage at the bottom of it before putting your topsoil/compost in. A piece of membrane or similar over the rubble/gravel  will stop all the soil getting washed through.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:23
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Oh dear FG. A very simple one. How big does it grow - I think?  Brain not functioning. Blame it on the ear.  When Doc examined my ears said she couldn't see anything, I asked if she saw daylight.  Not funny.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:20

I told you I was fickle....Ligularia Britt-Marie now flowering :

 and I'm not the only one enjoying her :


Mossies in my water feature

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:04

I've got a little makeshift bird bath just now as I have no pond and it's the same fb. The water's shallow so it's getting hot very quickly which is ideal for the mozzies. I just flush mine out every other day with fresh clean water, and I moved some pots next to it to create a bit of shade which works quite well but possibly not feasible for your feature. As Sue says, if you empty it and refill with clean water -after giving it a scrub with a brush first - it should be fine  


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:39

KEF is that the compost you keep in the fridge or did I misunderstand?? 

Tina - I won't do the joke......hope the ear's ok. What was the dogwood question?

GG someone will know what the plant is. A thread of it's own would be a good idea. What makes you think Wisteria? Are there any  flowers still on it?



Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:18

GG- it's ok. I did practically nothing yesterday morning- I drank a lot of tea instead of ironing. And you work as hard as I do! 

Don't envy your brother bringing up young children at that age - or is he under 30 like you? 

Now that's hard work!

Off to work now. Have a good day all 

What can I grow here?

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 07:58

I'd agree that grasses would be good there and will give you the height you're after MrsG. Chick mentioned the Fatsias but I think they might find it too dry with the other planting  competing for moisture but if you have it in a similar spot just now it's worth trying -you can always move it if it struggles. Phormiums would do well I'd think - the common green and purple ones get up to a good height - 5/6' or more usually. 

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