happycottontail


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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:08

Oh my goodness, I'm really spoilt for choice now, aren't I?  I think I'll have a look at your Qualcast one, thecatsmother.  Thank you so much for posting the pic and link.

pruning roses

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 11:26

Hello Yorkslass, thank you for reviving this thread as I have been asking myself the same questions - and I live in windy Harrogate!  Hopefully someone will be along soon with some answers!

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 22:07

This is so helpful, guys.  I especially like the idea of not having to shell out on a   crescent lawn edger and a grindette with a flapping disk - whatever that may be   I will have a hunt in my dad's old toolbox - I think there may be a decorating knife in there.  Who would have thought there could be so many alternatives to the lawn edging tool 

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:05


 As you can hopefully see from the photo above, my lawn has been gradually advancing over the edging stones.  I didn't realise how far it had crept until I pulled back the turf and cut it back almost to the inner edge of one of the stones - as illustrated.  I did that with a pair of old scissors, which would take years if I were to attempt to do the whole lawn!  So I hope someone could recommend a really good tool that would do the job.  It needs to be easy to handle as I have a bit of arthritis in my hands, so any tips would be gratefully received.  Thank you!

Penstemon cuttings

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 12:12

Thank you for all the advice everyone.  I will keep them indoors for the time being.  Roughly how long will they take to root, and how will I be able to tell?

Penstemon cuttings

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:13

This is my first shot at taking cuttings of any sort.  Recently Monty demonstrated taking penstemon cuttings on GW and at the end said, "Put the pots somewhere warm."  I was going to put them in my polycarbonate cold growhouse as I don't have a greenhouse.  Will they root in there, up in North Yorkshire? Should I put polythene bags over the pots? Do I need to mist them as Monty said?  Should I mix grit in with the MPC?

One other slightly related question.  I have so many small used plastic pots of varying sizes and I've often wondered whether a 3"/9cm pot refers to the base or top diameter measurement.  There again, there are deep ones and shallow ones with the same base measurement.  How deep a pot do I need for cuttings?

Sorry for so many questions.  I only want to do what's best for my little ones!

 

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 22:47

Thanks Dove, the fork was so much better!  All now replanted.  Nothing more I can do now, except wait and hope.  

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 11:06

I've started to dig up some bulbs because they are in the wrong place and am going to replant them elsewhere.  Because i can't tell their exact positions I have managed to slice a bit off the side of a few of them. Will these ones still grow happily?  The shoots are still intact.

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:25

Last autumn I planted a dozen Narcissus Spring Dawn near to the front of a border. They didn't start blooming till late March and the leaves didn't completely die down till the end of June.  The flowers were really lovely though and long lasting.  Is it too late now to move them to the back of the border?

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 13:07

  Fairygirl

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