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Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 12:48

8C now and we've had more rain but not enough to have visitors like your Hosta.   Lovely - but they'll make a mess.  Just as well we haven't got any as Rasta doggy found a nice pile of soggy and very stinky coypu poo last night when she went out for bedtime pee.  Rolled in it very thoroughly on both sides and needed a full bath.

No knitting here but I have started on some felt and fabric Xmas napkin holders...   Not sure they'll work but it's fun to try.

Mega shop done this am so curtains and cleaning for me this pm.   With any luck I can keep OH too busy to get the tree in the living room this evening but I reckon it'll be in and decorated by Sunday.  then, maybe, I'll have time to get the bulbs planted.   

Nose care

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 23:54

Too busy making curtains and Xmas decs and patchwork homework.   The tissues are biodegradable anyway.

Please can anyone identify the type of grass

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 22:28

To get back to the original question, different grasses are suited to different purposes - bowling green, putting green, shade, sun, kids playing etc.   Don't worry about what you have.  Think instead of how to get it looking good.

All that grass needs is a bit of TLC.  Leave it alone till spring when it starts growing again and then keep it cut regularly and not too short.  The foliage is there to photosynthesise and send energy to the roots which then take up water and nutrients from the soil and keep the grass healthy.  You can apply lawn feed and it's up to you whether you go purely for fertiliser - organic or otherwise - or a combined weed, feed and moss treatment but do read and follow the instructions for dosage or you'll end up witha right mess. 

By mid to late April it will be worth buying or hiring a scarifier to run over the grass and remove thatch which is just dead material from previous cuttings.  It can form a mat which reduces air an water flow  to the roots so should be removed in spring and again in autumn.   If you have used a weed and feed mix, a scarifier will help lift the dead stuff and moss.

Then it's a case of wait and see how it grows over the next season and whether it needs aerating to reduce moss and improve drainage or whether it's OK and just needs regular cutting.   

Personally, I don't mind weeds in my grass, or wildflowers.  They're more interesting than pure grass and better for wildlife and when I see interesting ones in my new grass (been here 1 year so new to me) I leave them alone to grow and flower and it's been lovely.

Dying plant in a hedge

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 22:07

Do you mean murraya paniculata?   If so I take it you're in Oz as this plant cannot tolerate cold.

This is a UK based forum with one or two posters from mainland Europe, Canada, USA, SA and Oz.   I think your best bet is to wait and see if Pat from near Canberra spots this thread or else try an Oz based forum.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 21:38

For a minute I thought that was your Santa list Wonky.

I get an error and lots of blurb and no boyfriend cardi with that link Dove.  Academic anyway as I won't be knitting one this side of 37.

Good time at dancing tonight but blimey I was hot after finishing with samba.  Aerobic stuff.  Feet up now and watching SCD IT2.  Lots of blah and not a lot of dance so far.   

2nd curtain finished this pm.  Just needs ironing and eyelets now.  I really like this system - so much better than tape and hooks and needs a lot less fabric so no great bunching up of dust collecting stuff.

Nose care

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 16:06

I just end up with muddy tissues Jo.  When they get too bad they go in the nearest compost bin.

Your snuffy cuffies are clever but I prefer the throw away rather than washable kind.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 16:03

Don't forget chocolate, water and a blanket, just in case.   Have a safe trip and a great time.

More lovely rain here but only in squally showers.  They're promising a downpour between 7 and 10 pm so no meteor showers for us.

Feeling virtuous now cos I've sewn the second curtain and it just needs a good strong steam iron before I can hang it but we've run out of distilled water so it'll have to wait till tomorrow now.   Dancing this evening so foot preening now.

Parker’s poor customer service

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 14:32

We did, though we're always happy to find good wine that is relatively cheap.

As for plants, if I want bog standard I go to the garden centre and if I want something a bit more special I go to a specialist nursery where I know the quality will be good and the grower/seller knows about plants or sow the seeds myself.

PVC Greenhouse Vs Outside toilet?

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 13:51

It depends.  Some plants are hardy to -5C and others to -25C - in the ground.   No matter how hardy, small plants in small pots won't survive having their roots frozen solid in early life.

Parker’s poor customer service

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 13:48

We get loads of posts about miserable service and plants form Parkers and very few saying they're any good.

I do have difficulty understanding why, after having one unsatisfactory delivery and no satisfaction you would order a second lot of plants.  A triumph of hope over experience!  There are better companies out there.   

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