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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Today at 21:22

Gave a feed to my containers that tete a tete  daffodils and dwarf iris. Stlll looking good. Planted out some asiatic lillies. Gave a ericaceous water feed to my Peris. Edged the lawn to create a better curve. 

Waterlogged garden

Posted: Today at 20:22


The  top soil would be mixed in with the Hort. Grit before laying it down of your excavated surface.

As for how much grit per ton, I'm not too sure. Based on introducing grit in to existing clay soil in your garden, I would mix compost/ grit to 1ms sq of soil. As you estimate that the area of lawn is 30ms, then 30 bags of 40ml of horticultural grit would be what I would be using for effective drainage to your sub soil before laying a new lawn.

Hope that this held you 

I have lawn envy - please help

Posted: Today at 19:16

Hi Meg

It looks from your photos that the majority of your lawns is in some level of shade. Mayby this could effect the growth and apperance. Have you tried some lawm maintenace using a lawn rake to remove moss and forking the lawn to allow water and air to get to it 

Lawn is very good at bouncing back with a bit of care so hopefully with some good sun and maintenace your neighbour will be looking at your beautiful lawn instead 

Waterlogged garden

Posted: Today at 18:55


As you possibly need a new lawn due to the excess waterlogging, there are a few possibilities to consider 

1. Strip out the lawn and top soil going down 4 to 6 inches. Lay top soil and  hortucultural grit mixture and lay down a new lawn. This will be costly due to top soil and lawn and the possibility of employing a professional to carry out the work 


2. Fork over the existing lawn with a hollow tine fork. This will make hollow holes that you can sweep in a mixture of sieved top soil or John innes compost incorporating hort. grit. These will make drainage holes that will stay firm due to the grit content that allows water, air and light to the sub soil. You may need to scarify the lawn using a lawn rake to remove all moss etc from the lawn. Then reseed the lawn where you have removed moss and thatch The drain holes will encourages new growth as well as effective drainage This will be a lot cheaper option as you can carry out this work yourself. 

Waterlogged garden

Posted: Today at 16:18


It sound as if, like a lot on new build properties, the spoil has been tipped in your garden and lawned over. Builders don't seem to care that they are wasting time and money laying a healthy lawn over bricks, blocks and concrete. I'd it isn't a large area of lawn then excavating the ground and laying a new lawn could be done. Obviously, your children will love a lawn as opposed to a hard surface. 

Possibly, you could consider something in between by considering an artificial lawn, as there are some very good quality types, that look very convincing

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 21:59

Alwaya tape GW but based on what I have heard on here i will not bother watching it. I prefer when it is about what we can grow in our climate as that is what we have to expect. 

Anyway, Beechcroft is a bit more grounded and goes back to basics, that what a gardening programme should be about 

New gardening maintenance company set up

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 12:15


That why I never mentioned what qualifications they have as I would expect them to have at least some form of  RHS qualification before venturing on such a career 

New gardening maintenance company set up

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 10:12

I should add that the completed risk assessment should be displayed on site and the customer made aware of its content 

Also, remember when it comes to working safe on site, it covers a lot of possible eventualities

Always consider your safety and the customers safety.

For example, you may have to remove a large area of ivy from the rear elevation of a 2 storey property. This will mean you will be working at heights for a period time where you would need to assess for a safe working platform to carry out the removal. If you decided to remove the ivy using a ladder access only, then you are contravening the working safely at heights ruling (ie: carrying out only short durations of work with 3 points of contact on a ladder) if you did carry out this work and you fell off the ladder, then you would be possibly fined by the Health and Safety Executve. There is also the possibility that you would effect the safety of the customer and other members of the public .

Obviously, you may not want to do that type of work due to implication on working safety at heights and cost implication

Please understand that I do not want to put you off this career move but be aware of all aspects of safety on site, for you own benefit and your customers.

PS: I was a Building Surveyor for a period of 10 years so I am still very aware of accessing a common sense approach to carrying out any type of work 

New gardening maintenance company set up

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 19:23


You are basically becoming self employed and will need to contact the inland revenue as they will hopefully give you quite a bit of information. You will need PL insurance but that is something that will be assessed by contacting any insurance company and for you to discuss and agree with .

As for risk assessment, you should be able to use what is called a generic assessment because most of your work will be of a repetitive nature. It should include for working at height, electrical equipment, keeping the site free from trip hazards , hazardous substances, noise pollution. I would contact your HSE (Heath and Safety Excutive or go online)

PPE . Wearing PPE i(personal protective equipment) ie: protective footwear, goggles, ear protection , hi vis vest, knee pads. It make perfect sense to have PPE for your work but it is the last resort in health and safety at work 

Hope all this helps and your career in gardening goes well 

Composted bark?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 21:18

Mpc as a mulch has a tendency to dry up too quickly. I normally buy quite a lot of it and cultivate it in to the soil incorporating FBB. So not a mulch but more of improving the soil structure. Bark chipping are a great mulch for small to medium garden but can be quite expensive annual cost for larger gardens 

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