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Lawn advice

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 09:13

If you can, buy a scarifier.  They're not that expensive and don't take up much space but they certainly earn their keep.

As for products, read the instructions on the pack for when and how densely to apply it.  You need to let the grass heal a couple of days after cutting before applying chemicals whether organic or not.   Don't be alarmed when things turn black.  It's a natural process of the treatment but don't overdo the dosage thinkin it'll be faster.  Yo'll just burn the grass too.

If there are large bare patches after you've scarified, rake the soil loose as it will be compacted and then, in April, sow a suitable seed - for shade, sun, hard wear etc.  It will take a few weeks and you'll need to water the seed if it doesn't rain.   Lave it to grow a few inches before giving it its first cut on the highest setting.   This will encourage it to strengthen and thicken.  

Never cut the rest of the lawn shorter than one inch high as this weakens the roots and allows weeds and moss to compete and grow.

Oemleria cerasiformis

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:43

I had to look this up Berghill.   Where do you find these things?

Looks very pretty tho.  Does yours sucker?  The RHSsays it does.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:41

Moved lots of pots to where I can keep a better eye on them and fed every single pot plus a few flwoering shrubs.   Then 3 hours on the mower, largely making hay in some areas round the ruin and pond as it hasn't been cut in ages and was tended by two sheep before we moved here last October.

Found some baby mimosas which I shall pot on and grow on and then use as a screen between us and the neighbour's cow barns.   Another day tho.  Shattered now.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:37

I am vibrating.   Spent part of the morning with the sander on the plaster board fixings and then cleaned all that up then, after lunch, OH and I moved pots round from behind the ruin where they have sheltered all winter to the east side of the house where I've weeded and tidied and fed them and can keep an eye and also work out what is going where. 

Then I spent 3 hours trundling round on the mower cutting long grass (hay) and trimming the big bit.  Lots of bouncing up and down and banging of shins on knobs in the long grass.  Utterly knackering.

Clari - what are you going to do with yourself when you have a full set of leccy and walls and heating?   After the cleaning and painting that is.

Busy - looks a nice place.  Was lunch good?   

Hosta - we don't get Levingtons and John Innes compost here but we do get compost for pots and troughs or for pelargoniums and baskets which are loamy.  I always us that for pots unless I need some ericaceous stuff which also tends to be loamy.   The only time I buy MPC is when it's on half price offer and then I use it as a soil conditioner on beds.    Found a few fat stripy snails on my pots and one or two slugs but nothing major.  All chucked on the road for squishing.

Plant ID pls

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 14:30

You should ask the owner before you start taking bits off a plant.  

Kerria japonica is easily available in most garden centres and, as has been said, it can be invasive if happy because it will sucker freely.  Be aware also that its flwoering period is really very short and that it is then desperately dull, IMHO, for 51 weeks of the year.

Green thumb are they worth it

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 14:11

Have aread of this thread which has comments on Green Thumb plus DIY lawn care - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/are-green-thumb-right-about-this-lawn/993835.html

Then see how much time and energyvyou have to do it yourself and then check out how much they'd charge to do it for you.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 13:47

Best of both worlds then Dove.

Our promised sunshine is still hiding behind clouds and there's a cold NE breeze.    Not nice.    I've sanded the plasterboard in both parts of the annex and repaired as necessary then went out to move pots from the sheltered southern side of the ruin to the east side of the house where it's easier for me to keep an eye on emerging hostas and other perennials.  Pleased to see that more than 50% of my rose cuttings are producing fresh leaves so fingers crossed they grow into proper shrubs.  

Both the weeping and twisted willow cuttings are also growing and so are the shrubs.  Very happy.  Now to move the rest so I can carry on mowing.  OH has been researching his kiwi and says he needs to wait for the flowers to see whether he needs to buy it a male or female partner.  I'm not sure I can cope with him having ambitions to become an under gardener and not just a labourer.

Rat in the compost bin

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 11:14

Rats like nice warm compost heaps for nesting and babies.   Fresh grass cuttings will make it smelly of not mixed in with lots of brown stuff such as paper, cardboard, dead stems and leaves.   Egg shells are good in compost as are coffee grinds and tea leaves and any uncooked food waste.

I suggest you loosen up the heap and add some brown material and then water it thoroughly as this helps both to start the composting off (add an activator if you want or get hubby to pee on it) and put some sachets of rat poison in your shed and between it and the heap but somewhere children, birds, pets won't get at it.   Repeat as necessary.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 11:10

Dove - I bashed mine at the begiining of October and thought it was just a bad bruise but it never healed as I continued dancing and walkies - used to painful feet I suppose.  Then I felt it snap properly again after Bonzo trippe me dup and that's when I stopped walkies altogether, missed a couple of weeks at dancing and kept my foot up as much as poss for the last 6 or 7 weeks.  Dreadful for the blubber factor but it's finally back to normal twinging.

As for tennis, what do you want us to say?  No, they'll assume you've not turned up for lack of a partner or yes they'll miss you in case someone else can't come?  I think there comes a point when life is too short and you have to do what makes you feel happy as longa s it's not hurtful to someone else..  

Lsurely going yellow

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 10:14

I agree.  Too much water deprives the roots of oxygen which they need to function well and also leaches goodness out of the soil.

Try giving it a foliar feed by dissolving Epsom Salts in water - 1tbs to a gallon or 15mls to 5 litres - and a drop of washing up liquid to help it adhere then spray on the leaves or pour over gently using the spray head on your watering can.

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