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How effective is leaf mold at mulching?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:17

The wild, deciduous forests, anywhere where there aren't bought-in plants which are the principle vector of colonisation. The NZ flatworms don't like the heat (20deg C ha, that's what they call 'heat' up here ) so they are less prevalent in SE UK. Their spread has come from botanic gardens to garden centres to domestic gardens. Council parks use bought-in-plants quite heavily so are prone to colonisation. The specimens hang out in leaf litter, waiting for anecic (elevating) worms to ascend then ambush them.

How effective is leaf mold at mulching?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 23:57

It's good for soil structure, for introducing micro and mesofauna, and for improving soil permeability. Much depends where you are and where you get the leaves from. If you're up north it might be worth avoiding collecting leaves from public parks so as not to inoculate your garden with Arthurdendyus triangulatus (NZ flatworm), as I did. Further south I think Australoplana sanguinea (Australian flatworm) are a more significant pest. Perhaps collecting with a shredding leaf vacuum might mitigate against flatworms as well as saving on real estate and time.  

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 23:39

The ones in my garden are active throughout the night. 

Reusing this year's soil

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 16:13

Break up the rootballs and rake them in too or leaver the broken up rootballs on the soil and let the worms have them. It's all good humic material and will add structure to the soil. . As others have suggested reuse as potting compost 

Plant DNA

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 23:08

Yes it will inherit the sex of the parent.



Hiding my mistake!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 03:04
Tetley wrote (see)

I would use this opportunity to make a big change.  Get the conifers chopped down, and grind the stumps out.  Improve the soil. and plant a lovely mixed shrubbery with a few climbers.   A trellis with a seat maybe........    ...maybe keep a couple of stumps to place a bird feeder or bath ....make a fairy garden with "house"   ????

A load of s*it.




Would do it

I think I've killed the lawn

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:21

Yeah, birds, mammals and some inverts will have it. If it's smaller areas of lawn affected you could sow in seed trays under cover and transplant if you can wait for patches to spread of their own accord.

I don't know what your local retailers are like but you can maybe get  a wider choice of grass seed from an amenity supplier eg Germinal Amenity, Grass seed Store, Cotswold Seeds or most agricultural seed merchants than at a unit-shifting shed. They're better in my experience to advise on ratios for your situation Festuca, Rye, Bentgrass, meadow grasses and if you want nitrogen-fixing clover.

An invasion of you forum lot's privacy...

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 00:08
Verdun wrote (see)

I'm a secret agent as well as a gardener.  Need to be discreet .....besides, no selfie stick 

One of my shoes is missing. Did you break in and steal it for the secret service?

tv programmes

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 23:19

There's nothing for this year on Carol Klein's IMDB page, though Carol Klein's Plant Odyssey was mentioned in the Telegraph gardening columns..

I couldn't advise on programmes on independent television, can't stick it, only watch whatever is on BBC iPlayer

tv programmes

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 23:12

The Secret History Of The British Garden Monty Don

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