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New lawn

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 22:45

Hi Jenson 

There would be no real benefit rotavating they soil under the existing lawn

The top soil when laying a new lawn would be firmed down by walking over it to consolidate the area

After this, using a rack , rack over this area and remove any large stones. Then walk over the area again . Keep repeating this process untill the area is firm and level and free of large stones . By continually racking the area you will create a fine tilth ( loose, fine soil to lay you new lawn on top of.

The idea is to have a firm area  with no large stones to lay your lawn on to 

lay your turf  in a stretcher course  ( as s bricklaying lays bricks) 

Leaf Mould

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 17:44

Hi John


i have never seen leaf mould sold in G C but like everything you will probably source it from a internet supplier or ask the questio at your local GC as they may have a contact or two

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 16:22

Dug up some perennial weeds ( very inspiring)

turned over my own compost bins possibly to early for this time of year for any benefit 

planted some crocosmia George Davison bulbs for some summer colours

washed out all my plastic plant pots in preparation for stocking up plants 

put the heater on in the greenhouse , made a cup of tea and looked at my garden and wished for late spring 










planted out some bulbs 

What to do this time of year

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 16:07

I works as a gardener and traditional February is a hit and miss month for external gardening works

you could possibly carry out some lawm maintenance possibly  in March, such as scarifying , areacting , repairs and top dressing

planting perennial bulbs 

increasing stock by lifting and deviding perennials 

resite summer flowering shrubs

de-weed and mulch over boarders

everthing this time of the year depends on the weather and temperature if you can carry out these works

New lawn

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 11:10

Hi Jenson

yes , that correct . It will then break down over the season in to a loam that is a good for the soil 

hope the project goes well 


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:47

Hi Siel

your garden looks lovely eventhough you say it's an old photo

obviously you love gardening so you are in the right company on here 

you can imagine the weather over here is not great for getting jobs done in the garden at present 

what is the weather like where you live ? 

New lawn

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:40

hi Jenson

That is quite a depth to make up to level a new lawn to your new path. Could you confirm why this is the case 

The existing lawn should be dung up and can be laid grass down on to the soil as overtime this will break down in to a loam 

the main requirements of a new lawn is good aeration for root growth so build up the level with a sub soil that contains grit to allow for the drainage of the new lawn 

lay a quality top soil about 100mm in depth and consolidate this by walking over and then racking the surface untill you have a fine tilth to lay your new lawn over and level to the new path


Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 21:10

My grandad loved his garden.From what I can remember he was keen on lupines and phlox due to thier great colours.My dad then got me in to gardening when I was about 12 years old when I helped him in our garden at home. I always knew then that I loved being in the garden and even as I got in to my teens, I would keep my dad garden maintained by dead heading, weeding and changing the position of plants to get the best colour palet

i will always be grateful,to my dad and grandad showing me the way to the life of gardening. It is now my occupation and I love it

All year round interest with perennials

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 21:45



Thereis a lot of choices for all year round perennials such as 

Aquilligia in spring 

Phlox in summer

Rubekia in autumn 

Hellebores in winter 

But you can get a lot of information off the internet on perennials for all  seasons. The art is getting the colour scheme right with shrubs colour and perennial colour. Also look at perennial bulbs such as lilies and crocosmia to use within the complete season 



Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:47

Yes, it a euphorbia purpera commionly known as spurge

 Handy for ground cover in light or dappled shade

Looks good when accompanied with varigated hostas

When  cut it pours out a white latex substance that can be an irratant to the skin





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