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Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:41

Just make sure it's sharp sand and not builder's sand.  One is sharp and drains well and the other is rounder and soggier for mixing into concrete.   Pour the sand on in piles and then brush across the lawn with a stiff brush so that it falls into your aeration holes.  Do it on a dry day.

Topdressing will come in packs with instructions for application rates, as will a weed and feed mix.   Do make sure you leave a couple of weeks between the sand treatment and any top dressing so your grass has tie to recover form all the attention..

Allium Care

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:37

Soil doesn't need sunlight unless you want weeds to germinate and grow.

pet companions

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:36

That's a shame.  Have you thought of a mounting block?   I loved a fun ride.

When we first moved to Belgium we hired horses for a hack in the Forêt de Soignes in Brussels which has bridle paths reserved for horses.  He wanted to do collected canter!!  I wanted a good welly and so did the horses.  We bought our Belgian house because it had a paddock but then my back went so we lent the paddock to our riding school neighbours who used it for their retired horses and socialising young 'uns with herd manners.

Last edited: 22 March 2017 12:37:09

Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:33

It means you're paying an awful lot for the sand.  Better, probably, to buy them separately.  Get your aerating done as soon as poss and brush in teh sharp sand and then, in mid April, you can use lawn weed and feed mix following the instructions on the pack.

Allium Care

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:30

Rainwater on its own does not penetrate pots, especially when covered by foliage.  You need to give it good, regular drinks and, whilst covered in foliage, I would add a liquid feed.    You need to leave the foliage to die down completely so it can feed the bulbs for next year's flowers so don't remove it till it's faded and gone brown.

I borders, you can disguise the leaves by growing the alliums through other plants such as hardy geraniums, geums, astrantias and so on.  In a pot on their own there's nowhere to hide.

Damp, soggy low corner of lawn

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 12:25

For brushing into fresh aeration holes, sharp sand.  It will help with drainage.  For feeding and improving theoverall health of the lawn apply top dressing according to the instructions.  

Raise the mower blades too.   As FG says, grass needs foliage to grow well and get its roots down so don't scalp it too short.

Last edited: 22 March 2017 12:26:34

Will my hydrangea recover?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 11:34

You could try pruning them back to just the lwoest leaf buds to see if they recover with less stress on the mangled roots.  Maybe try and strike cuttings from what you prune?   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Why my balcony plants are dying?

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:59

It's probably their planting mix.  Decent planting composts have enough fertiliser in them for 90 to 100 days.  If you feel the need to add more it should be mixed in with the compost and not put on as a layer.   You can also water in liquid feeds thru the growing season.

I suggest you water the troughs thoroughly to reduce stress on the roots then take the plants out carefully and re-pot in a well mixed compost.  Water again and then put a mulch of gravel or bark or expanded clay pellets on the bare soil to reduce evaporation and weeds.

Make sure you keep the compost just damp and not sodden, nor too dry, as plants in windy places need more moisture but don't want to drown.

Last edited: 22 March 2017 10:59:58

pet companions

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:54

Met too but I've had to re-size quite a few lately.

She looks lovely Busy.  Do you still ride?  I had to give up cos of back problems but still get a yen every now and then.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:50

Hosta - you need a thorough going over.  Hope it gets sorted.

Busy - I know what's involved in preparing for your party so congratulations and commiserations.

Dove - when did Wonky's dad last give birth?

Lesley - sounds exhausting but good that you can help your mum.

SGL - what are you knitting?

Pat E - we had a whole 3mm overnight but it's drizzling again now.  All to the good for my new bed.

Planning to go out this pm and spread lots of compost on teh new bed and let it settle while I wait for hostas to get big enough to turf out of their pots.  need to make sure I leave enough space for the big ones and, of course, the labels have disappeared so every one will be a surprise.

I loathe wind turbines - expensive, inefficient, noisy, bad for humans living nearby and seriously bad for migrating birds and local bats.  Solar panels for me - buy European made of good quality and they are recyclable and work in low sun levels tho not when covered with snow.  Better production than turbines and less obtrusive on the eye.  Geo thermal and heat exchangers even better.  The UK does go in for ugly pylons.  

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