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What does rotivation do?

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:18

Hi James, I rotovate the soil on my allotment every year as it is very heavy clay. It is basically (as others before have said) breaking down the soil structure from clods into a much finer more "friable" consistency. However, this is only done after thoroughly weeding the area first (i use a large garden fork) which opens the surface of the soil to enable the rotovator to get right in there and do it's job and importantly also allows for aeration. 

The rotovation of the tines smashes the large lumps into smaller lumps which allows me to incorporate sharp sand, grit and bulky organic matter ('BOM' for short). That's it in a nutshell!

Twisted willow

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:39

Hi (Hazypopz), i was reading with interest your questions on twisted willow, well i asked a similar question at the Malvern Spring Garden Show recently and the very helpful chap from a local nursery advised against keeping it in a pot for too long. He did advise to change the growing medium every couple of years or so and the size of the container must increase too. Add slow release fertiliser to the mix and water often (deluge) during Spring and summer and liquid feed weekly. Good luck and let me know how you get on as i have two Indian Bean trees in large pots. 

Hard, bumpy lawn

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 14:15

Hi there, i would spike/aerate your lawn, import some quality screened top soil, mix this with sharp sand (40% soil-60% sharp sand) and cover your entire lawn and level the plot with a long plank or similar. 

It always pays to fully prepare the soil first incorporating lots of sharp sand or grit for drainage if on heavy clay, get it as weed free as possible and use a quality seed. Depending on the kind of traffic/usage the lawn will have to deal with will determine what seed you should use. 

PS. Rigby Taylor is a company i use for all my grass seed. Happy Gardening.

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