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Spongy Grass in a walled garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:43

Hello. as you say Dovefromabove im pretty sure that would work but by the time i have made all that effort I might as well have dug it over and reseeded with a higher quality grass. Im sure its exactley as you suggest and its just thatch built up.

Fairygirl if the ground is too compacted would going over the entire piece of land and starting again be the right answer?

Lily Pilly that looks amazing. how long did it take to rotavate the land was it a push along one or one that attached to back of a tractor or something? Also how old is your hedge in that picture. I would love to plant out a nice parterre of yew but fear it will take forever to fill in.



Spongy Grass in a walled garden

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 23:45

Hello all. I was just after a little bit of advice before I jump in and regret it. I have been tasked with renovating a walled garden area of about 0.6acres. At the moment it has a tarmac tennis court in it, which I need to tear out and dispose of. But my main question is what to do with the ground and grass that is currently there. It has been regularly cut over the last few years but the ground to walk on is very spongy and I wonder if its better to take everything out which consists of only a hand full of trees which are ill and dying and then to rotovator the entire area before reseeding with a better grass and staking out the new paths and flowerbeds. I’m sure it’s a backbreaking job to rotovator that size of area. But I would rather spend the time and energy now before its full of plants and regret not doing it later on down the line.

Any other idea at how to get the ground in tiptop shape before planting out?

Before & After

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:32

I did try putting a sock over the hoover and turn it to low setting and that worked to some degree from there it would only pick up the leaves. But it was a long and slow process.

Before & After

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:17

After shifting 1 tonne of gravel and waiting a few weeks I just wanted to share my new and improved patch of the garden.


Hopefully you all can tell which is the before and which is the after. Only problem now is figuring out how to keep the gravel clean of the damn leaves that keep falling on it. Any ideas anyone?

Help Id flowering tree.

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:34

I agree. The seed pods look the same as those on google images. Yay I am moving house soon and wanted to know what it was so that I could buy a new one at the house. Many Thanks for that Hostafan and nutcutlet for confirming

Help Id flowering tree.

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 14:01

Hello can anyone help Id this tree that is in flower now please. I have always wondered what it is. Many Thanks


Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 13:04

Hummm, buddyboy I think you may be right.

Funny how sometimes it’s the simplest answer that is the right one.

When I think what they are growing in I should have guessed. The are between the pavings you can see and then about a foot of earth before they hit a small retaining wall that separates us from the neighbours which drop down about 2 foot. So I guess the trench of earth they are going in is just not enough for their now new size. 5 years ago would have been fine but not as if I can just pot them up any more haha.

Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 12:18

Here are two close ups. I don't know if you can see but if i move the branches on the dying ones. they seem dusty. I don't know if that means anything. The healthy ones dont seem to have the same dust if moved. or is that it just breaking down.

Im not sure what the shrub behind is thats in the garden next door that is abandoned.

Nothing else is dying in the garden its the best the garden has ever looked minus the hedge


Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:49

also ignore the little palm  we lost that during the winter when i was not here.

Save my hedge !

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:48

I call upon you masters of problems.

Please does anyone have any idea at what is going on with this hedge? It has been planted for 5+ years and has seemed to be doing well. But suddenly last summer we lost two in the centre of the pic below that were right next to each other? And now this year it seems as though we are loosing two more. The one to the right and then also one on the left but with a healthy plant in-between.


I can’t see any sign of bugs or sooty mould or anything that I can think of. They just seemed to up and die. I am in the south of France where it gets hot but they all have a watering system in place so that should not be a problem.


Is the only thing left to rip them all up and do something else as slowly I imagine they will all go


Any suggestions?


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