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Low maintenance replacement for lawn?

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 17:54

I should also have said - use bigger gravel rather then pea gravel if you're plagued by cats, like I am    Otherwise you just have a giant litter tray.

I think the second gravel is called something like Cornish gold but can't remember - most builders' merchants stock it anyway. 

I like the golden gravel as it's a good contrast to my dark woodwork and harmonises with the planting I chose Jo. Good for the shady areas. 

Forgot to say - I love Tetley's raised bed walls too. Who'd have thought slabs could look so smart - it's brilliant! I have a load of ugly ones to get rid of , but I don't have the time now to do anything like that - or the room either  

Rowan Tree

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 17:42

Nature is strange sometimes. I didn't take a pic, but yesterday I passed two rowans on my walk - one was still completely green apart from a few leaves turning. The other was completely yellow. They were no more than a couple of metres apart. Both were laden with berries, which looked stunning  

The trees round here started turning in early September, which is quite common  

Low maintenance replacement for lawn?

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 17:32

I used Tuscan Gold gravel last year for my paths Green novice. I think it was about £80 per ton bag. Only problem is that it's softer - like a sandstone - and breaks down, so it's not quite so good for my paths, but could be fine for your purpose.


 I've used another one in the past which is very hard wearing but it's a lot dearer - about £110/£120 per ton. I forget the name of it though. It's flatter and slightly paler so it's ideal for shady areas. I used a small bag of it for round my pond planting




Posted: 12/10/2015 at 17:23

Don't like squinty stamps either Lesley 

They were talking about plantar fasciitis on Jeremy Vine today so I thought of you. The doc was saying it can take quite a while to get better, so just put your feet up....

I think my ankle issue is a related problem, and the new boots were just a coincidence.  I seem to have an extra little 'ankle bone' so I had a google (I know, I know... ) and there's a tendon running up the side of the ankle which can get inflamed and creates a lump. Greatly increasing the amount of walking you do seems to be a cause, so that would fit! The cure is rest ....that's not likely to happen any time soon!  Perhaps I should go to the doc though... 

Glad MrT is ok ( MrT   )  They say more accidents happen on country roads. It's because people assume they'll be quiet. Never occurs to them that there could be tractor round the next bend does it? 

I should do some scarifying of the front grass. Need to make dinner though and do some SM shopping 


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 12:45

Clari - if you want to raise funds - I'm willing to do another walk. If you can round up people for sponsorship....PM me if you want to have a chat about it  


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Just about added up to what they'd paid OH

That was handy Dove...

I went to get a few things from the Home Bargain shop (other discount stores are available) and some Allium sphaerocephalons fell into the basket. At 95p for 30, it would have been rude to leave them...

Hope MrT'bird is ok 

Right - no rest for the wicked - back to work for me 


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 07:59

Morning all. Nice looking day here - who invented work? 

Hosta - I'm going to come and smack you...but you might enjoy it so I won't....

I'll be kind since you don't sleep well - it's miserable. I've had similar issues - used to sleep like a log every night. 

WWomble - oldest daughter ate the last banana and I'm out of blueberries, so I wondered if I could put a KitKat on my porridge this morning 

I had toast 

You'll sleep for a week after the work's done - you're running on adrenaline just now! 

Glad you slept well Pat. That makes a huge difference when you've been under the weather  

Have a great day everyone - washing beckons, then off to work. Catch up later with you all  


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:20

Gorgeous - as always,  W'song 

Nice to 'see' you again. Hope you've been ok 

Camera Corner

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:17

Gorgeous pix Dove. I remember coming back from St M's Mount - when the tide was coming in...   Exposed ridges on mountains are fine - water's a different ballgame altogether though .....

I particularly like the second pic - there's something about rocks, and crashing waves...

Turf in Flowerbeds!

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:05

Usual practice is to stack them grass side down and the grass simply dies off and you're left with just soil. If you're worried, you could also cover them with some black polythene to help the process. If they're going to have other soil or compost on top, they'll be fine as they are. 

Children in Need Sponsored Walk

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 20:42

I've PMd or emailed everyone ( I think)  so if I've missed anyone please let me know  

Having another KitKat Panda....

Panoramic pic from the 'extra' hill, showing the six tops we did  


I'm trying to justify that third KitKat ....  

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