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lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 08:49

yeah guys i know this.. but we have had hardly any rain here..  my water butts were near on empty for the 3rd time this year before the heavy downpour we had monday night. (which is the first proper rain we have had since before olympics )and we have 5 large ones.. ant that filled them.. i am told the shape of the island splits the clouds and the solent and above gets most of it,..i sit looking out over the channel and the rain misses us all the time.. we hardly get frosts.. while my mum on the solent side does.. she has had more rain than us on this side.. for instance wednesday over mums torrential rain for 3 hours in the morning.. i had left my washing out.. i got back home at 2pm and it was bone dry neighbour said we had no rain here.. and it is always like that.

they charge me £15 for the weed and feed..lawn is 50ft x 65ft so big.. and i never water it.. i just mow it and trim edges.. nothing else.. they tell me to water it 3 tims a week but we are on metres over here so cant afford it.

i will be speaking to the boss man next week regarding other peoples lawns and see if it is the fertilizer doing it.. as the little balls that fall on the borders have yet to dissolve.. so thats shows how dry it has been.. the ground is as hard as conrete.. cant dig it with a trowel to get autumn plants in at all..

my lawn was just weeds when took over.. now or it was lush and green and gorgeous.. next doors is lush but not green but a pale yellow green colour.. i have been having company for 2 years now and this is first time the lawn has looked as bad as it did when i started the garden..

i know your not ganging up on me.. and i hope to get answers from the boss when i speak to him on wednesday.. i have taken picutures of the ball so show not disolved etc.. for evidence.. thou guy sid they do not use any chemicals that can damage or scorch lawns.. so we will see.

August in your garden...

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 08:16

@hollie-hock.. i think 2/3 of my garden are my own progated or seed sown plants.. i do stuggle with hard wood cuttings thou.. need more practice on those..

i do think white is good inthe shade i also find shasta daisies prefer little more shade they get morning sun and eveing sun and htey love it.. they were in full sun when first planted them and they hated it.. much happier in shade for last 3 years now.. have split them 2 time since.. maybe they will be good in your shady bit..

August in your garden...

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:38

@hollie-hock.. no. i am sure your rudbeckias are annuals.. may last bit longe rin warmer climate over winter...but mine dont.. if the have hairy slightly prickly feel stems they are annuals.. the perennial ones are  smooth stemmed and more basal in leaves and grow taller.. and single yellow colours normally.. and die down over winter.i may be wrong hopefully someone will come along hwo knows bit more..

my buddlehia is on the shaded side and gets early  morning sun and late evening sun.. but they are very hardy and i always think white looks better in the shade.. seems to make it shine out.. but i think they will grow anywhere.. thou this one has been harder to get cuttings to take from than the purple ones... someone told me walking past other day that white is un common.. must say the scent is to much sweeter than the purples one.. it just wafts across the gardem.. while i am dead heading.

@lillylouise.. your garden always leavs me in awe.. it is just gorgeous..

everyones piccies are great .. i love looking at other gardens.. i always peeping over hedges and walls when out walking... you can learn alot about what grows and what doesnt in you soil.

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 20:05

@geoff.. yeah neighbours lawn.. that has no care looks blerdy better than mine.. i will see and if i am not happy i will get them to sort it out.. told me to water it regularly.. as it not getting much.. which is true..

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 20:03

@dovefromabove.. taht is what hubby said.. "not m fault" man told me it is just that.. but if it gets no better in teh next few weeks to call them back.. thou some of their fertilizer is still undissolved on the lawn.. he said it is slow release.. i just stopped myself from LOL to that.. anyway i will be keeping close eye on it and see.. told hubby to cut grass longer while weather is so unpredictable..

so we will see.. they come again in september.. so they can look at it then...

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:56

yes fingers crossed (if i could) geoff... thanks for all  your help.. said it is the mix of very hot and very wet that has caused it.. has had 43 cases in last week of people thinking the same as me.. we hve had very hot weather for last couple of weeks here..

August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:54

sorry cant get the picture to load at all.. but think it is an european hornet wasp...

August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:50

finally think i got picture up of what i think it is.. thou mroe orangey strips than this..



August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:47

 see if this works

lawn brown ead and dying patches...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:44

@geoff..  not it doest sound at all.. fingers just seize up and i cant even manage to click on the misspelled words.... anyway back  to my lawn..

green thumb man came today.. his verdict.. it is just dry underwatered grass. and is suffreing short cut mowing burn.. he tested for disease..found none.. said it is still healthy just suffering from teh very hot weather (yesterday 25c) then heavy rain today.. must admit not had much rain in the last month.. so very dried out.. i know this becuase the soil when weeding is like concrete.. so  no treatment needed.. they will scarify it and airate it oct..

so dunno whether to be happy or just fobbed off..

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