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Mossy lawns

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:43

There can be if you want to aim for the "perfect" lawn. These products can reduce your moss and weed problem leaving you with the stronger growing grass although you are likely to have to re-seed some areas if bald patches appear.

You can try to reduce the moss problem by scarifying the area then airating and sifting in sharp sand. This will help reduce the thatch and better aid drainage. You can also take out large lawn weeds with a trowel ie dandelion & plantain. Both of these again may mean that you have to re-seed some areas where bare patches are left.

holey potatoes

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:24

Hi wellygirl2. holey potatoes can be caused both by slugs and wireworm. If the holes are right through then wireworm could be your problem. are you growing on ground which was previously grassland? this is usually a known wireworm breeding habitat. If this is the case and your ground is now in constant use and you are rotating your crops then you will eventually break their life cycle and they will either move on or die off from your ground. Try to prevent slugs with your preferred method as some people do not like to use pellets. Hope this helps and good luck.

Challenging clay

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 18:44

Agree here. Any organic matter will help improve the structure of clay soil. Well rotted manure,garden compost, soil improver sand and grit will help to open up clay soil and make it more workable. This will also help to hold moisture in the soil and so stop your soil baking hard and cracking in dry weather. Good luck and hope its not too back breaking.

Climbing rose suggestions

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 18:27

Hi maria 3. It might depend on the aspect in which you are planting that will be one factor in helping you choose the variety you want however, don,t forget roses are hungry plants in general and although clay soil can be nutrient rich add plenty of organic matter at the time of planting and mulch after you have watered the plant in. Some of the rose growers websites can help you choose variety by asking your specific requirements. i.e type, colour,size etc. I believe Beales offer this. Hope this helps and good luck choosing.

Help please - what can I plant?

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 18:15

If the soil is poor why not try some wild flower plants such as you would find in the wild flower meadows. Try an annual seed mix for quick results this year and add plug plant perennials that should flower in their second year. These might mix well with the Foxgloves that you already have. Good Luck

Wildflowers in tubs

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 10:47

Hi LMR D. Agreed as above. Would you have time to start a small project and create a small wildflower border within your landscaping? Also what about growing upwards. Trellis,pergodas etc would give you an extra chance to grow some annuals such as peas. beans and sweet peas. That way you could use the produce and still provide the flowers for the insects. As for the pots annuals for quick results and perennials will take longer. If you are not fussy on the varieties some of the supermarkets sell at reasonable prices and you are likely to find perennials at fairs/bootfairs which wouldn't cost an arm and a leg.

Native Wildlife Hedging

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 08:12

Hi Mrs Spratt. A native hedge is  a good idea. If you are not sure what is going to do well in your part of the world I would suggest you look around at your neighbours hedgeing (assuming they have some) and also around the local area to see what "does well" where you live. I would then choose a few varieties and mix them up as you plant in a double staggered row. If you are not growing your own then probably the best way to buy these is to find a nursery that will provide you with bare root plants. They can then be dug to order and is more than likely the cheapest option. Hope that helps for now. Good luck.

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

Posted: 03/03/2012 at 09:36

Agree this has been an excellent series. Good, basic natural gardening that can encourage us all to provide the spaces for the wildlife to follow. It can only make sense as our own sustainability depends on these creatures. Botticelliwoman made the point about Health and Safety! Must say we at home had the same thought. Lets hope we can get something up and running before they try to get their mowers started. ( your dog is great by the way, he/she is the spitting image of ours indoors)

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