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How do you all know so much

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 23:03

To add to nut's post - we all live in different parts of the country too - so we can often give different views on things based on 'local' knowledge. I have experience of things that grow well in my own area - but my conditions will be totally different to someone living in the South East of England. We're all still learning - I've learnt a huge amount in the last year from all the great people here 

I've been around for a bit more than 27 years too 

Moss and weeds in lawn

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 22:37

It really depends how big an area of moss and how fit you feel! I didn't bother scarifying till I'd used the weed and feed. If you don't want to faff about too much, give the mossiest bit a scrape out and apply a feed to the whole lawn to give it a boost. Once you've done the weed and feed later on you can scrape out the dead moss then. It's easy to get a bit worried about grass, but to be honest, unless you're aiming for a look that would grace the 18th tee at St Andrews - as long as it's reasonably green and weed free it'll look good! Keeping it maintained after treating it is more important - keep cutting regularly and don't cut it too short. The big mistake most people make is letting the grass get too long and then scalping it. It's an ongoing job anyway - you'll always get weeds seeding in from other gardens or surrounding areas but the healthier your grass is, the easier it makes the maintenance. Don't worry about it too much. 

Struggling azeleas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:56

They can cope with their heads in the sun if their feet are happy. Get the soil healthy and ensure it has enough moisture and it should recover. I think lots of plants/shrubs may have suffered with the extremes of weather in the last year - very hot summer and very wet winter. If you think there might be an issue with a pest/disease, you could put a pic on and we can hopefully offer further advice.

Moss and weeds in lawn

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:46

The grass will be quite weak due to lack of light which is the reason for feeding initially before using a weed and feed product. It gives the grass a boost. I used that method last year as the grass in this new garden was very poor - like yours- lots of moss and weeds.

You could scarify first to remove as much moss as possible, then use a feed only. There are lots of different ones available - just choose one to suit your budget and apply it when the ground is damp. Wait several weeks to let it take effect, and to allow the grass to grow a bit, and most importantly, when you mow - don't scalp it. Little and often when you cut. Once the grass is growing well - about 4 to 6 weeks after you've fed it, apply a weed and feed product which will kill the weeds and feed the grass again. That should get the grass growing well which is what helps to give it the upper hand and prevent weeds dominating. You may need to give it another application later on in summer. The reason for applying to damp ground is to avoid scorching which is what all chemical weed/feeds will do on dry ground. Timing is quite important with them too - if there's no rain a few days after applying you'll need to water it in. The ground might be a bit compacted too, and you could spike it to help open it up, but you can do that later on in summer if  you prefer. Hope that's a bit of help and I've not confused even more! 

Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:31

I think my post may have been a bit ambiguous DD -  the grass is Phalaris not the small green stuff - that's the ground elder! I would have suggested charley's resolution but Phalaris can be quite tough to dig out if it's a big clump. Try that way first if you want a non chemical method, but if you find it too hard and the only way forward is weedkiller, you could maybe put some wire mesh or a similar barrier round the clump to keep the cats away until it dies off. The cleaner you can get the plant the easier it will be in future. 

Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:10

Looks like Phalaris (Gardener's Garters) It can be quite invasive.

If you can get some weedkiller painted on the leaves that would probably be the best way to tackle the problem. If  you get some on the grass and it dies back - it'll soon grow another bit to cover it anyway! 


My Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:39

Your hard work's paid off Scott. Isn't it lovely when you start to see the rewards of all your effort? Here's hoping we get some good weather so that you can carry on developing it all. We have a thread called Garden Gallery where we put pix of all our plants and projects so put some on there too Scott. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:22

What are you after Verd?...

I ain't got nuffink...

You ain't seen me...right?


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:06

Verd - you know it makes sense 

Have phoned the nice guy who did work for us at last house and he will see me right 

Hmm - just realised that could be taken the wrong way...didn't mean it like that  

Pity you didn't get to speak to the experts Panda - glad you had a good time.

KEF - enjoy your tea. I've just had some nice brown Spelt loaf with butter, cheese and an apple. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:13

What busy people you've all been today. I've done nothing outside as I had a busy day at work and I've had other things to do re the extension. Progress being made, but first quote is so far beyond what I've got saved it would require me to sell my body or something ......doubt I'd get much for it anyway.  

Lovely pic BL. 

Woody - that's the best kind of loveliness - 'free, gratis and for nothing' as my Dad used to say  

Should really go and make dinner.

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