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New Lawn a few yellow patches urgent help

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 17:06

Seems to me Mark you are over stressing the lawn by doing too much on a new one, scratch the surface with a springbok rake, sprinkle with some grass seed and water for about 10-15 minutes every evening about 9pm to allow the water to soak into the ground properly, don`t cut the grass until you get decent growth on the fresh seed. No need to scarify or aerate for a few years with a new lawn, don`t use a weed and feed for at least a year on fresh lawns. This years weather has been bad for growing grass seed as winter has been so long so don`t fret.

Red beetles

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 19:01

Funnily enough they are called Red lily beetles and the little buggers will chew your lilies into nothing, i use a pair of pliers to squish them, check every day as they appear from nowhere.

What is the name of this Plant Growing in my Garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 18:53

I`m 99% certain it`s as above cherry suckers, i`ve cut a few cherry trees down at work before and the result is loads of new shoots from the base of the tree. Keep spraying them off is my opinion.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 16:50

Lebanese Cedar, fully grown of course surrounded by a large short cropped lawn. I have a Ginkgo biloba in the Arboretum at work KEF, it`s about 20 to 25ft high. Very nice it is too.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 16:45

My favourites i guess would be Aster Novi Belgii. Scilla peruviana and Camassia leichtlinii, oh not forgetting Chionodoxa forbesii (mainly because it`s so early in the season)

Peonie help and cat issues

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 18:15

For cats, leave some garlic cloves rotting away in your watering can (with water in it) for a few days then sprinkle over the area. You might have to do it for a while until they find someone else, hopefully in their owners garden.

Preparing to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 14:59

If you intend to use the lawn a fair amount a higher percentage of annual meadowgrass is better as it`s harder wearing. If it is going to be a look at only lawn plenty of bents and fescue grass in your turf is better. Rolawn always used to be the best turf to buy, not sure if it is now. If you have a lot of rubble in the garden and it drains quickly go lower on the sand to soil mixture, if it`s clay though go as high as 60/40 sand to soil. One of the most important things is to buy a good quality wide rake to get it all level and keep foot treading and re-raking until it is perfect.

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 11:09

I`ve been using Blue Diamond compost at work and have found it excellent so far and at £4 for 70 litres i won`t be complaining, the girlfriend picked up a bag of Morissons own brand compost for home and it was awful, just wood chippings.

This allows me to garden with my bad body!

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:00

Yup and based in the good ol US of A, It`s a cheque in Blighty, not check  

MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:50

Trampolines   You put up a 6 foot fence so you can have some privacy and before you know it a neighbour buys a trampoline, puts it as far away from their own house so the noise doesn`t disturb them and hey presto these little heads keep appearing above the parapet shouting hello everytime they see you.

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