George David Hope

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top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 09:46

That mix sounds spot on to me. I used to work on bowling greens and was roughly what we used.  You should spike it first (A fork will do. Insert it into the turf and give it a little wiggle to open up the holes) to give the top dressing somewhere to go into and to relieve some of the compaction of the soil. Spead onto the turf and use a besom or stiff brush to push into the holes.

Dogwood Cuttings

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 19:13

You should cut your dogwood down to ground level every year then you get the red bark. Always cut under the bud with a horizontal cut and at the top of the cutting cut above the  bud on an angle so you know which is the top and you can plant them the correct way up.

Slimey, mossy courtyard, help please!

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 19:08

Try scrubbing the area with a hard brush and a bucket of Jeyes Fluid. It should kill off the algae.

Gardeners world pond

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 10:43

I watched the new episode of gardeners world and when it came to the next step in the construction of the pond it was announced that it was to add the liner. I always thought that after you get the shape of your pond you always cover it with a layer of sand to prevent any sharp objects piercing the liner and to give a smooth finish to the liner when the water is added.

correct way to water

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 10:38

Being a gardner,groundsman,nurseryman for the past 24 years I was always taught that when you water using a can you always start away from the tray or pot that you are going to water and work your way across the containers and when you are finished watering you move the can away from the containers before stopping the flow from the rose. This is to prevent the larger droplets dispersing the seeds as you start and finish watering and gives you an even distibution of water. I have watched many gardening programmes and this doesn't seem to be the case anymore. I know its only a small thing but everytime I see this being done I find myself screaming at the TV you're doing this wrong. Am I missing something here


Posted: 07/02/2012 at 13:59

I used to work on bowling greens and everyday we had to remove the casts off the playing surface. I don't know how big your lawn is but I think it could be useful if you purchased a lawn swish (a hollow tube with a fibre glass rod inside which you run across the surface of the lawn and it disperses the casts and also removes the dew which can lead to fungal infections and prevents any seeds germinating in the worm casts. I know they are expensive (about £70) but well worth it.

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