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mossy grass

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 11:33

True enough.  If the drainage problem is fixed, the moss will weaken anyway and can be raked off if the OP also doesn't like chemicals.

Last edited: 01 February 2017 11:33:44

Bird feeders

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 11:30

I only use feeders to hold peanuts, fat balls and fat blocks and find them easy to clean after a good soak.  Loose seeds go on a bird table but then I have no problems with grey squirrels here and am unlikely to get red ones as the habitat isn't there.

My main problem was finding a magpie proof fat ball holder.

Joining the RHS

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 23:16

Absolutely.   The annual subscription gets you a monthly magazine with RHS news, gardening news, garden and plant articles plus reports of RHS trials.

You also get free access to visit any RHS garden as well as about 200 partner gardens elsewhere in the UK and Europe; free access to RHS experts for advice on plants and their cultivation; preferred access to the big shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton; access to the monthly shows in London and the Lindley library.

Your subscription helps fund the gardens and research and teaching projects and trials.

Fellow members include trainee gardeners, head gardeners, amateur gardeners, nurserymen and women and landowners from many different backgrounds and all united by their interest in horticulture.

What is not to like?

Old rose looks worse and worse

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 21:06

All good advice but don't feed or mulch it till it's had a good soaking.

programmes to watch

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 18:50

Recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 18:49

Can't find deep enough pots here and no root trainers so loo rolls and goblets it is.

programmes to watch

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 16:09

British national TV hasn't shown this or Miss World or similar for years Busy but I believe it was on Fox TV which is owned by the Murdoch.  Nuff said.

mossy grass

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 15:59

Sounds to me like you have soil compaction and/or drainage issues that need fixing so, as well as spiking your lawn at frequent intervals by poking in a large garden fork and wiggling it back and forth to enlarge the holes you should think about getting some sharp sand to brush into the holes and maintain aeration and drainage.

Other than that, you need to do as Dove says with a suitable product and cutting back the grass round shrubs and trees.   There are several proprietary products that will work as well as good old fashioned lawn sand.  More info on treatments here - https://www.gardenseeker.com/lawns/lawn_sand.htm

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 15:41

Good Liri.  Can't sew with a cat, obviously.  The kittens - well Cosmos probably - have once again been climbing on the shelves in my sewing room (now showing no sign of orange and blue stripes) and have tipped one of my boxes of patterns on the floor and upended the bin which has some tempting twine in it.   Your builder sounds very interesting.

Lesley - you bad girl - I'm thinking of soft shades of terracotta to warm up the cold corner as we have terracotta tiles on the floor.  

Been collecting loo rolls since before Xmas and also took Busy's advice to buy plastic drinks goblets just in case.   Haven't go a greenhouse yet tho or a cold frame so holding off on sewing broad beans and sweet peas for another week or two till I see what the weather does.   They'll soon catch up I reckon.

New garden

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:41

I wouldn't do that.  You won't know what you're getting that could be noxious and too much will make it impossible to grow anything anyway.  

The first thing to do is to get all the crud cleared out so you can see exactly what you have and then you can see if it lends itself to being a sunken seating area or even just a place where you park compost bins out of sight.  I don't think a lawn will work in the shade of those trees and a pond will just fill up with dead leaves every autumn and then become too full of nutrients to be a good wildlife or fish pond.

If you clear the space you can then measure and sketch the plot, noting which way is north and which bits of you garden gets the most sun and most shade.   I would be more concerned about making a sunny seating area and making some curved or triangular beds to break up the side boundaries and make the garden more interesting.   That would give you time to ponder and research the kinds of things you could do with that end bit whether hard landscaping or a woodland glade.

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