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Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 08:50


I have a weird problem. Our lawn used to be sad and thin and yellow, and barely worth the name.

Then I oversowed with really good grass seed mixed with clover, and the lawn became incredibly lush and fast growing and beautiful. It is just the perfect lawn now and so fast growing that I have to mow twice a week. It's the most amazingly magnificent looking lawn.

The problem is that my son and I are getting very bad perennial rhinitis from the lush juicy smell of the grass. It is so bad that we can't go out for much more then an hour in still weather.

I think I am going to have to get rid of this very vigorous lawn grass and somehow re-sow with sad, slow growing grass like the stuff we had before. The question is, how do I get rid of the grass while still having the garden safe and enjoyable for my two year old, and where do I find reliably sad, slow growing grass seed?

I gather that roundup/glyphosate is not going to work because of the toxic effects on children.

Black weed suppressing membrane is an option but would be a bit ugly and would have to be in place for a long time.

I could till the ground repeatedly, which sounds fun if I had a tiller, or I could burn off the grass repeatedly using a Big Flame Gun. This also sounds fun.

Does anybody have any experience of this sort of problem?



magazine insiders

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 17:47

Have you noticed that the poll about holiday expenditure on magazine insiders shows that the readership is incredibly varied economically? 25% in the lowest bracket, but then more than 25% in the £1000-£1749 bracket, and another 19% above that. Must be tricky to cater for such a wide range. Explains why I can never afford any of the "Free" plants.

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 16:59
I sowed some Dahlia seedslings yesterday, and put them in the airing cupboard, hoping they'd germinate by April. All 90 of them had roots this morning. I'm a bit stuck now, as I don't have a frost free greenhouse, and they will not last on a windowsill for all of that time. Very exciting though!

magazine insiders

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 14:04

Hi Gardening Grandma,

My impression is that they are trying canvass the opinions of the kind of people who read every square inch of the mag. The link was very well hidden indeed so only the most dedicated readers would have followed it and ploughed through that enormous questionnaire.  

It seems to be a questionnaire system for lots and lots of magazines, so perhaps the cost to each magazine is quite low. 




magazine insiders

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 17:41

I think they want to know about the readers. I gather the forum is more for entertainment. I used to work in an Editorial Office and we did surveys like this to try to find out what our most committed users actually wanted. I really like that they are giving us this opportunity to feed back.

magazine insiders

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 17:37

I don't think it's really meant to be entertaining. 

magazine insiders

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 17:18

Ah! The www. is critical. typed into chrome does not autocomplete to

magazine insiders

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 16:41

Thanks, I have joined up now.

magazine insiders

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 16:06


I saw in the March edition that there was an opportunity to join a forum called "magazine insiders" at However, when I go to this link there is nothing there. Is there some other way to reach the forum?



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