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What does rotivation do?

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:09

As one fairy to another () this is an old thread - I don't think Gold1locks posts here any more but this will bump the post up for further help.

If the grass is in a really bad state you might need to start again,but if you level it out by putting more topspoil/compost in the holes and reseeding once you've done that it will help the appearance and the surface. You could do that now if the weather's favourable.  If you use a weed and feed product in spring it will help with the weeds. There are plenty on the market so just pick one that suits your budget and conditions.  If the ground's compacted you get cracks in dry spells of weather so aerating will help with drainage - you can do that by sticking a fork in all over the surface to a depth of 4/6" and brushing coarse sand or grit into the holes. Regular mowing through the season - without scalping - will encourage good grass growth.

Even poor lawns will benefit from a bit of this kind of tlc. 

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:45

I don't care for the colour of the neighbouring fence either but it's all a matter of personal taste. 

Mine is all stained an olivey green to blend in with the background and the planting. Perhaps you could do something similar, especially as you have planting in front of it to grow and gradually cover it. A darker shade gradually disappears as planting matures. Alternatively you could opt for a contrasting shade to  highlight the plants.

Give it a bit of time and see how you feel. The winter weather will change the appearance and by spring you might like it better - or you might feel the need to get the paintbrush out 

Garden Fencing

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:41

Tricky without the pix Toonbadger but I've recently installed a lot of fencing (myself, not by a contractor) and a lot of the wood was dark and wet. Lots of timber is stored outside at timber merchants and is therefore wet, especially as it's piled high, but I've never had any issues with it. Some of the stuff I got about six/eight weeks ago for other projects is lighter now, as it's dried out a bit, but the wood's treated so I don't think it makes any real difference, but I understand your concerns.

I think your friend is probably right about the situation. Does your neighbour have any photos of their fence shortly after it was installed? That may help if you want to take things further with the contractor.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:27

Hi Debbie, are you growing one of the dwarf ones which are designed for pot growing or is it just a standard buddleia but a young plant? Pruning is done in late winter/early spring as they flower on the new growth made. If it's just a cutting from last year you won't need to do much to it until it's grown on a bit. Mine aren't very big yet but I'd expect them to be reasonable size plants next spring/summer, and would need pruning the following year. 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:19

Sorry Panda - should have given you an early morning call 

Couldn't function without tea 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:18

Not working at t'mill Lesley - out in garden if it stays fair. More graft needed but the end is in sight re the lawn area. I'm sure it will be worth it.

Friend popping round later so will get a break then 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:35

Do you get those people too doc? Why can't they get it delivered instead of clogging up the aisles when I'm there...

Enjoy the sun 

MrsG   We're here to cheer you up 

Morning lily 

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:33

Hi ND - sorry I missed your previous posts re the starlings. The ones here invade the squirrel proof feeder I have but I think it's the design of the one I've got that's the problem. They can reach the feeder holes by just sticking their heads in - the cage isn't as big as some I've seen. The hanging feeders seem to be more attractive to them than the ground one for some reason.  It's ok - I won't charge you for using the idea 

We seem to be on the flight path of a flock which nests in a resident's roof () so I found if I hung a sacrificial feeder on another fence they attacked that and left other feeders which lets the other birds get a chance. Perhaps that does mean they're a bit  stupid! 

New small pond for frogs/toads

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:20

It'll certainly attract frogs/toads but  if you have huge numbers of molluscs it might take a while to get the balance. I had a pond that sort of size in a previous garden and we did get some frogs, but I think it's a combination of things. Encouraging other wildlife will make a difference. We had lots of thrushes and blackbirds there which I'm trying to encourage here as they are good predators. I didn't grow lots of 'susceptible' plants either which definitely helps, and that won't suit everyone, but my  hostas were certainly in better condition than they are in this new garden!  I lived in a property with a huge pond a few years ago and the hostas were immaculate - we had masses of frogs and toads.

I think the very mild winter last year didn't help - slugs seemed to multiply overnight 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:08

Morning all. Dull damp and cloudy here but not too cold. 

Too much to catch up with here so I'm not going to try. 

Glad fidget got away on her holiday. It all sounds very exciting and exotic. Hope the weather is kind for you chicky. Think the south is to get some decent sun in the next few days so those weeds will be a thing of the past by Monday 

Pickaxe, roots and rocks are the order of the day here too Steephill, along with the pain. We'll hopefully reap the reward in spring though  -  a burst of colour for you and an area for a new lawn for me. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Perhaps I should have porridge this morning .... or maybe spinach 

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