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Who's scat is this?

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 23:20

Could be a hedgehog that has been eating blackberries,hence the staining (and looseness!) ?

Advice needed for plants for hanging baskets which can survive dry conditions

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 18:07

I have been experimenting this year with a couple of different baskets.

I use the Stewart ones which have a reservoir at the bottom and I have been growing Heucheras, Pelargoniums, Ivies and a Fern with success so far.They still need watering and feeding but not nearly as often as normal and I have gone for a fortnight without watering.

As suggested taking them down and putting them somewhere shady while away can help :)

Large lawn

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 18:50

Got this info off a website and this is what I do:-

1. Leave Them on the Lawn

If you’re striving for a perfect lawn, you probably remove your grass clippings every time you mow. But you’re actually robbing the grass of certain nutrients that it needs to thrive.

In future, leave your short clippings lie, as they will break down quickly, nourishing the grass and turning it a perfect shade of green. In fact, grass clippings can add back up to 25 % of the nutrients that growth removes from soil! These clippings also encourage beneficial microorganisms and earthworms that digest this grass and maintain healthy soil.

However, clippings that are too long won’t break down and will leave the lawn looking unsightly. To avoid this, you may need to mow more often – removing no more than one-third of the grass blade each time. Despite more frequent cutting, you’ll still be saving time by neglecting to collect the clippings Studies show that it takes less overall time to mow more often and leave clippings on the lawn, compared to mowing weekly and bagging clippings.

Note that if your lawn is showing disease or is full of weeds, tackle these issues before leaving the grass clippings lie, as this will only exacerbate the problem.

Last edited: 08 August 2017 18:53:12

To prune or not to prune....

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 10:03

...that is the question!

I generally prune my shrubs as I should every year (or whenever).

Going round some gardens I see where people have let things just grow,either through design or neglect,and I am finding that these can produce quite interesting shapes.

I have decided to let my Lilac,Pittosporum 'Limelight' and Griselinia grow their own way and just prune out bits when they poke you in the eye or just need a tidy up.

My garden is not huge and this will hopefully add a bit of height to the garden as I cannot have trees (apart from a cherry tree).

What do you think?

Last edited: 06 August 2017 10:05:07

Is Tomorite suitable for any indoor plants

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 18:30

If Tomorite promotes flowers I cannot see it doing any harm.

Googling also says that Tomorite is just the thing for roses!!!

Please help identify this hedge

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 19:18

I think it looks like a Viburnum tinus?

'Weed' in lawn ID please!

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 17:19

Thanks! I have had a look around Google with those names and came across Leontodon saxatilis (Lesser Hawkbit) which is apparently a bit smaller than the Autumn Hawkbit and seems to be the nearest I can find to my plant.

'Weed' in lawn ID please!

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 14:37

I have this in my mini meadow lawn and can't seem to find what it is.a hawkweed of some sort I think? Small yellow dandelion type flowers.The whole rosette about 3-4" across.

Any ideas please?

Dandelion type flower ID?

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 10:18

I have been looking at a lot of lawns around here lately.

A lot of people don't cut them often and these are the ones that always look the most interesting with a great variety of different plants.

On the other hand the lawns that are cut and weeded regularly are dull and uninteresting.

I still keep my lawn tidy and do the edges etc and I draw the line at dandelions and plantains but I am now cutting not so often and with blades higher.My lawn is the lushest it has looked in 15 years!

Dandelion type flower ID?

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 22:55

Thanks,I will have to try and get a closer look at the leaves.

I actually want to introduce it to my lawn as part of my 'mini grazed meadow' project.

Lots of it in other peoples lawns round here but none in mine!!!

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To prune or not to prune....

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'Weed' in lawn ID please!

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Dandelion type flower ID?

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What is this succulent please?

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Top up or partial change pond water?

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Buttercups in lawn

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Mini-meadow lawn ideas

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Pond questions.

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Solanum dying?

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Coarse grass in lawn.

best way to deal with it? 
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Which way up please!

Capillary matting. 
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It looks small now....

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Pruning Weigela

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Plant wrongly labelled.

What is it please? 
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Novel way to remove moss and weeds from a lawn!

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