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Grass Lawn - reseed or overseed?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:59

Hi Martin, I think your problem is from two things. Lack of light and lack of water, in summer especially. North facing is always tricky and you would benefit from having a seed mix suited to shade, but I appreciate that it may not be possible for you. If it gets enough water it may perk up and you could also apply a liquid feed of seaweed if you can source it. It's beneficial for leaf growth on any kind of plant. I don't know what other types of feed you can obtain, but you might find something similar if you can't find that.

If it's going to be a struggle to keep it looking decent, you may have to rethink and have a different surface   

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:50

Thanks for that Liri. Not sure I've seen them before, but it's easy to miss things when you're out. There was a lot of other little plants round about it that I recognised as I see them all the time, but that was very unusual. 

I could have brought you some back if I'd known...

There were a few harebells out too, but I forgot to get a pic on the way back down. There'll be plenty more in the coming weeks. The heather was just starting to colour up. That's slightly later than normal - in that area anyway.

I remember coming off those four Glen Lyon Munros years ago in early July, and the lower slopes were a Jimi Hendrix...Purple Haze  

Can you I D Please?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:43

They're pretty good at doing IDs here Geoff, so it will be interesting to hear your reply! 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:41

I've watched a couple and liked them well enough...just another makeover show though. 

I like them for ideas more than anything, but I agree with you Lou - that was my first thought about the turf seat too! Maybe they couldn't afford the ends for the seats...

The turf didn't look terribly well laid either...they might be mud seats by next year!

The problem is that designers are often creating an 'effect', and the practicalities of future maintenance don't always figure too highly.. 

I liked that particular garden though. I'm not sure there's less maintenance for the owners though. They wanted less grass, and they now have a wildflower meadow which seems like a lovely idea, but it could look a real mess in that spot if not looked after correctly. Bit too prominent a location when seen from the house in winter..  

So angry: Neighbour has cut back my pyracantha

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:34

Lou - that made me laugh out loud! 

I'd agree with the 'don't stir the pot' approach. It can make matters worse if you want to sell up, as has been said.

I'd certainly think about adding to the fence too. Not really worth planting anything if you're moving though. Even Russian Vine doesn't grow that quickly  

On the other hand, it might make future life easier for the new occupier...

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:30

Watch it doesn't catch fire with all that heat you have Verd....I'm not jealous...really. 


Good to see you posting a few pix from your tropical plot...


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:26

Morning all/afties Pat - nothing wrong with feeling pious...

Hosta    for the non sleep, but  for the nerine !

The boys 'done good' yesterday on the tennis front Joyce 

No chance of any washing going out here at the moment. I hope it clears up a bit later or I'll have to bring my washing down to you....

27 Dove...I can only dream of 27...or even 17....that's warm enough for me   Lovely visitors for you this morning. I've only had that fat wood pigeon grubbing around under the feeder for his breakfast. Not sure he and his mates ever get off the ground...

BL - I hope W'song comes back. If you 'speak' to her again tell her she's very much missed 

Camera Talk

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:46

Thanks for that Sheps. I've seen them through at the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh - they have a good habitat for them there. I've not seen them close up enough to get a photo though. 

I was just lucky today. I startled them and they flew up out the heather at the side of the path. The redness of the plumage made me think they were grouse at first, as that's the usual scenario - gives you such a fright! One wheeled up and round beside me and that's when I realised it was a falcon of some kind and assumed kestrel because of the colour. It's tricky when you're only get a quick glimpse too. 

Beautiful birds aren't they?  

There was a pair of buzzards up on the ridge too - could hear them but it was too cloudy to see them at that point. On the way back I could see them in the distance at the end of the plateau but they were too faraway to get a pic. 

An extra one just for you....

You'll just have to take a trip up here sometime!

Last edited: 16 July 2016 21:48:22

The mole hole to end all moleholes

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:28


Are they mutant Ninja moles Berghill? 

Private hedge dying? How to save them

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:14

The brown bits won't regrow. You may get new growth 'coming through' from other parts which will hide the dead bits. Best option is to let that happen and leave any trimming till next year. Only ever take the green, newest growth off conifers. From now on, you'll need to have the hedge a little wider to allow for some new growth which you can then keep lightly trimmed. If you cut back too far you get the result you've got there I'm afraid. 

October's a bit late for trimming it for the final time before winter too. 

A bit of B,F & B will do no harm, but give it a little in spring as well, to promote new growth. 

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