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Latest posts by Mrs G

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 14:53

Just boiling water is the best thing to use to clean them then let them air dry but I agree with above posters, Autumn would have been the best time. Tits do start looking very early.

Brown spiky growth on pear tree leaves

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:48

Remove the leaves and burn them rather than compost them.  If the leaves have fallen collect and burn.  It's a fungal thing (some sort of rust I think) the spores overwinter on juniper then move to the pear tree.  Mine had it the last two years, I remove effected leaves straight away to keep it under control but my tree is still small.  It can reduce vigour and fruit yield if left unchecked. Not sure about your maggot issue sorry.

Feeding birds Yes or No

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 16:10

Just a thought, has the food got a lot of wheat, cracked corn, split peas in that the birds are intentionally scattering? Any food that gets dropped in our garden immediately gets eaten by the ground feeding birds.  It contains suet pellets, hulled sunflowers, black sunflowers and miscellaneous seeds with added herbal wormer (Vermex).  I get it from wilkos, it's mid price range and the birds really like it.

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:45

Oh ok thanks Verdun.

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 11:54

If you do a mixed nature hedge you only need to cut each side on alternate years to allow for flowering and fruiting.  You can still cut the to every year.  If you go for privet or conifer you will have a lot of work keeping it formal and neat.

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:31

I thought it toughens up the lawn for winter and makes it stronger for spring?

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:12

I haven't used it before Verdun but being on clay and with two chickens, a husband and toddler who don't 'RESPECT THE LAWN' I am willing to give it a go.  Got a new sprog due in Jan too so there won't be much time for any spring maintenance. 

Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 19:32

Thanks Mrs Key that was the one I had my eye on as I used the summer one and it was great.  I like the plastic carton with the built in spreader though!


Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:03

Thanks Edd,

Not specifically.  It's on clay but we do scarify, aerate with a hollow tine and fill with sharp sand but it gets walked on everyday when it's wet.  There are some bits where the grass is a bit yellow.


Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 22:30

Can anyone tell me if I am too late to apply an Autumn lawn feed now?  I wasn't going to bother but our lawn is looking a bit ropey.

Discussions started by Mrs G

Autumn Lawn Feed

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Last Post: 13/11/2014 at 14:45

Plants for Winter interest

North facing clay border 
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Last Post: 07/11/2014 at 21:27

Moving clematis

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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:23

Feed birds

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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 21:30

Viburnum Opulus being nibbled

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Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 17:59

Gardening and Chickens

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Last Post: 12/04/2014 at 17:03

European Spindle

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How to increase flowers/coverage 
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Last Post: 19/04/2014 at 22:54

mulch query

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Last Post: 10/03/2014 at 19:05

Talkback: Dunnocks

I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 17:50

Breeding Frogs

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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 19:25

Mulching with privet

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Last Post: 22/01/2014 at 14:14

Ray of Hope

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Last Post: 07/01/2014 at 21:02

Flooded Harden

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Last Post: 07/01/2014 at 13:11

Front Gardens & Evergreens

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