Latest posts by Obelixx

Wildlife Pond too deep

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 10:32

Leave well alone.  A deep pond maintains temperature better in summer and doesn't freeze in winter so is safer for hibernating critters.

If it's too deep for new water lilies, just put their pots on bricks till the stems grow long enough for the depth and you can put them on the bottom.

Starting afresh

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 20:51

I think you should wait and see what happens this growing season.   Start cutting the grass regularly but not too short.  If you alternate cutting direction between up and down the garden one time and across the garden the next it will help smooth out lumps and bumps.  

In April, use a weed, feed and moss treatment and scarify once it's done its stuff.

Wait and see what the trees do.  It may be they give flowers or foliage colour or nuts and are worth keeping.   You can always raise their crown by removing the lower branches to head height.  That way you'll keep your privacy but gain more light.

Starting afresh

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:14

You may have to re-size them as there is a size limit.  Anything less than 2mb should be OK.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:12

I've given that advice to someone else Frank and seen no adverse comments except for people who are time poor thinking of getting in Green Thumbs to do it all for them which is fine.

You're absolutely right, a lawn requires time to keep it looking good but it does set off flower beds and other garden scenery beautifully.   I don't need mine to be perfect as long as it's green with maybe the odd daisy or bit of clover.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:06

Don't like whisky in any shape or form.   All the more JW for you tho.

I have just spent  2 hours trundling round on the mower.   It is getting easier but my goodness it is lumpy and bumpy after 3 years of neglect.   Far too much to treat or re-lay so we'll just hope to hope that regular mowing and an occasional feed improves it and bits will be coming up for seating areas and a pergola and a tree or two.

Lovely photo Liri.   

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:55

Watered all the pots and troughs and trays we brought from our Belgian garden and then I've spent 2 hours going round on the mower taming grass that has been untended for over 3 years except for when the farmer next door came with a real tractor and mowed it like hay for the estate agent's photos and 2 sheep since then.   Very lumpy and bumpy and full of weeds and bits of old tree stump and root.  Getting easier tho.

Perishing cold now as the wind is getting up and bringing tomorrow's storms and clouds with it.

Sorry for all those snow bound or rain sodden.   Hope it passes soon.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:43

Me too.   Dock of the Bay is still one of my favourites after all these years.

Lilies congested in pots

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:42

I did mine last March and they were all fine.    I grow them all in pots and put them back into shelter from frosts after doing it.    Had a great display.

Help me fix my lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:40

Yep.  Moss and thatch.  You need to raise the cutting level on you mower as grass which is cut too short simply hasn't enough lead area to feed its roots and compete with weeds and moss.   

Unless poor drainage is a serious issue (flooding n winter?) you can improve the lawn thus - 

Take a good, long pronged gardening fork and use it to make vertical holes at frequent intervals working all along and across the grass.  Stand on it so the tines go in deep and then wiggle it back and forth to enlarge the holes.   Then you need to pour on bags of sharp sand - not wet builders' sand - and brush it across the lawn to fill those holes.  This will provide air to the roots and allow better drainage.

By the time you've done that it should be mid April which is a perfect time to apply a spring weed, feed and moss treatment.  Follow the instructions on the pack and be prepared for parts of your lawn to turn black after a week or so.   Buy or hire a scarifier and use this to rake up all the dead stuff and any loose stuff from previous cuttings (thatch).   Alternatively, rake it up with a  spring tined fork - see Wolf tool heads.

Loosen any bare earth with a normal rake head then sow appropriate grass seed to fill the gaps.  Water with a sprinkler or gentle hose pipe spray if it doesn't rain.   Do not walk on the newly sown areas.

Leave it to grow to at least 2 inches before its first cut and then never cut it shorter than one inch as this allows enough leaf to feed and maintain healthy roots and thus compete better for nutrients against any weeds.

Apply an autumn weed and feed in September

Repeat as necessary over the coming years.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:32

TB - yes, that's what I do when I remember.  Johnny Walker too on Radio 2.  Used to go to sleep listening to him on Radio Caroline South which took over from daytime only Radio Caroline North for the evenings and nights.   Always been one of my favourite DJs.

A lone kitchen man has arrived and installed lots of large packages.  Now he's banging!   I think I'd better go and talk to my hostas and hydrangeas.

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