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Today at 01:42
I am not going to question fellow gardeners comments and advice on matters relating to "Honey Fungus" If I may, respectfully ask, presenta nd fortcoming forum members. Are you absolutely certain your problem is in fact. Honey fungus? Just a point.
Today at 01:36
How sure are you about whitefly infestation. For the time being. Whatever the infestation may or may not be, why not spray your plants.
3 days ago at 23:32
Thanks everyone for your concern. I'm feeling so much better today.. Thanks again.
3 days ago at 00:04
Good suggestions by Iamweedy & Fairygirl. I would however roll my sleeves up and give the area a good digging over, then decide what to add. Not to dig over first probably will simply result in the existing soil remaining compacted and any type of topping additives will simply sit on top.
An old practice was that of double digging or bastard trenching. Seriously hard graft but worth the effort. Musch depends no doublt what you are striving for.
3 days ago at 23:56
A good mix of peat, loam and sand has always been the best. OK peat is difficult to comeby nowadays but a moisture retaining substitute can be used.
A good book on lawn care is available. The Lawn Expert. by Dr. D.G. Hessayon. Hope this helps.
19 Oct 2017 01:08
Forgive me please. Might I ask. Why this course of procedure?
18 Oct 2017 00:34
Sorry folks but here I am again. My op went well and eventually i was dischraged. Mind you, the pain at times is unbearable. Never mind. I just hope and pray that this session of release last more than three years. Hey whoever said...."Grow old gracefully" Anyway folks, friends and !!!!!????? it's good to be back.
09 Oct 2017 01:07
Simple answer from a simple plant pathologist. Stop worrying. Remove offending leaves and enjouy your garden.
03 Oct 2017 00:33
Hey Steve, long time no talk. What is going on in this land of ours? My locals are likewise building sheds and as it appears are living in them. Has the world gone mad.
02 Oct 2017 00:27
It's times like this that you value your friends. I feel for other members who are in anyway associated with this medical evil, and in now way wish to take center stage. So, as the saying goes, been there done that etc. No problems. However perhaps due to more deep questioning at assessment. Yes this oldie is how can I say. Honestly not worried, it's a job that must be done, but all these additional questions. Blow me, it's only three years since the last op. Now I have the choice..age related of course. General anaenesetheic (yes) or epidural. Truthfully my simple mind is playing tricks with me. Sorry friends, but I just have to talk to someone. My apologies. Happy gardening. Mike.
01 Oct 2017 01:00
Pierre my friend, slow down. Trust me. We have all been there and done that. So your cuttings have rooted. Now then botanically there arises a situation. This relates to propagation of cuttings. In brief. Cuttings, yes even of annuals, perennials ans of shrubs and even trees. Each have their own requiremnts. Suffice to say. Stop. Hang fire, be patient. Watch the top growth, this will give indication asto what is going on underground. Botanically all concers are for the root system.. Please my friend, wait. Intime you will see roots here and there, yes some top growth will appear. Be patient.
30 Sep 2017 01:49
Busy -Lizzie. Yes I have to admit when it come to mordern day IT. Mike is in the corner wearing the pointed hat. As you say BL my profile was a long one. I tended to outline my life story. Along with this, some forum members have complained. Truthfully this has to say the leat, it has hurt me. Now I am somewhat restricted asto what I can say/write. I am obliged not to mention anythin related to personal experience, qualifications and so forth. So in all honesty. If i offer advice, how do I explaine the reasoning behind my experience, practice etc. So BL I deleted my profile. Since then, I have provided you with such. Please continue to enjoy the forum and your garden. Sincere best wishes. Mike Allen.
30 Sep 2017 00:22
Rob. My contribution to the thread was based upon practical experience with bowling green and other sports ground maintenance. Actually if I may say. Even on "Sandy soils" the treatment can prove beneficial. Sandy soil can often become so compessed that water may take much longer to filter through. The brushing in of sharp sand really does work. Anyway I am pleased that your hard work paid off. Best wishes.
29 Sep 2017 00:47
Sorry, Fairygirl and mcdood. I don't understand your comment. Care to explain please.
29 Sep 2017 00:41
I tend to agree with Dove. I feel certain that a similar thread has appeared here on GW. My comment remains much the same. These expensive garden toys are just that. There just isn't the weight for the tines to be effective. Why spike a lawn. Why use hollow tines?
Firstly spiking is done to allow air into the soil, usually soil that gets a lot of wear and tear. Hollow tining is for the purpose of following along with a top dressing of sharpsand, the latter is then brushed into the holes left by the tines. This aids drainage. However in practice, the average gardener will use a garden fork,stab the soil and usual give it a bit of wellie, this will leave holes also, so sand can still be applied.
Bunged-up tines how to clean. This might be called, "Sods Law" It comes with the tool. Similar to a food mixer in the kitchen. It speeds up pastry preparation etc BUT, don't forget. You now have to spend time cleaning the mixer.
29 Sep 2017 00:27
Might I add. Using a Dutch hoe for weed control. It is easier to work backwards otherwise you will find yourself pushing through an ever growing pile of weeds.
A practice that was used in the parks was to use the hoe as mentioned by members, at the same time actually burying the weed.
As Palaisglide mentions, the soil can be lightly broken up, thus avoiding surface compression. This method of use is great in and around shrubs and rose beds. For compacted soil, the hoe can be turned over and the blade portion used somewhat like a chisel.
There is also a Draw Hoe. This is useful when drawing up the soild arond plants etc.
28 Sep 2017 00:11
Concerning gas boilers. Thankfully I remain a council tenant so I don't have to pay out for new boilers. However, a few years back the boiler was replaced. Much smaller unit, so the decor was left in a sad state.
I tend to ask the question. If I need to replace a fridge, freezer, washing machine or drier. In most case these come in stock sizes that fit under the work-top etc. Why can't boilers be similar?
27 Sep 2017 23:59
Thank you all so very much for your kind and comforting messages. May I offer my sincere best wishes to my gardening friends here who have in many ways similar problems experiences etc with this medical problem. I wish each and everyone every comfort for a speedy recovery. Thank you.
27 Sep 2017 01:25
About three years ago, I was victim of bladder cancer. Much a run of the mill problem fo men. Members of this forum came up trumps. I recieved a gigantic floral arrangement wishing ,e well. Folks. I will never, never forget that. Sad to say recent events and tests, and yes the cancer has returned. Thankfully it is one of the cancers that can be treated. So I am booked into hospital for the op on the 4th October. Might I ask fellow gardiners perhaps for a tiny mention in their prayers fo a successeful operation.
26 Sep 2017 01:10
Good advice all round. Perhaps an other question. When to sow [not plant] grass seed. Grounds men will sow/scatter grass seed at all times of the year on sports areas.