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Under the surface of new lawn

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 14:35

It depends on what is hiding under the pebbles and membrane.  I think you need to check that first but,  in order to remove the membrane, you will displace the pebbles anyway so why not pile them up in bags as you go and offer them on Freebay to anyone who can collect.

I think just adding topsoil on top of pebbles is asking for trouble later on and will also mean you need some sort of retaining mechanism - bricks, tiles, logs - to hold the soil in place - more expense and maintenance..

If you want your lawn to grow well and not suffer from either drought or poor drainage, I would clear the pebbles completely then push a good string gardening fork into the soil as deep as possible and every few inches then wiggle it about to create holes.   Pour on sharp sand - not builders' - and sweep across the surface so it sinks into those holes to provide drainage.  Then pour on the top soil to the level required, rake sooth, trample lightly with your heels, rake again and then sow seed.

The best times to sow seed are April/May and September when the temperatures and moisture levels are conducive to good germination and growth.   You need to pick a seed mix to suit your situation which will depend on whether those tall trees cast shade all day or not plus how much wear and tear it will get.

There's more info here from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=424

You can also lay turves but that is more expensive by far than a seeded lawn.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 11:28

Misty start but the sun has now burned that off and there's just some very high, streaky clouds hanging about.    Good weather for walkies and bulb planting.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 10:29

I just wonder about what's going on in all the other sports involving children - gymnastics, athletics, tennis, rugby and so on - and whether their organising bodies have controls and systems in place to protect children or naively suppose that all is well. 

Devastating for parents and the kids involved.   Can't be pleasant either for all the good coaches and volunteers who must now be under clouds of suspicion as more abuse is revealed.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 09:27

Good morning.   The sun has just heaved itself high enough to burn off the mist and it looks like another lovely day.  OH is out playing golf and I am giving Bonzo lots of cuddles so he doesn't feel left out while Rasta plays with the kitties.   So much for the dog barrier.

Have to do a few errands and then planting for me and dog walking when OH gets home.   

Pat - glad it's cooler for you.   Dove - have fun with your new toy. LP - hope the light works for OH.   Chicky - have a great time in Nottngham.

Have a good day all and Clari, watch your diet rules so you don't feel worse.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 23:02

Busy and Joyce - the kittens are doing well thanks.  Still have weepy eyes and snuffles but don't seem worried by them and are eating well.   Cosmos has had another play with Rasta while Minstrel looked on, unfazed but not quite ready to join in.   She's a cautious kitten.   The fun will start when they meet Bonzo who is not as predictable as Rasta and finds new stuff worrying.

I suspect those frogs are invaders from Eastern Europe.   They arrived in our part of Belgium about 4 or 5 years ago and make the most incredible noise which carries a long way.   Between them and the mallards, sleep can be hard to come by in the mating season.   I sincerely hope they haven't made it this far west!

Love the idea of multi-functional church to house to fire decorations.   OH found a wonderful picture on Facebook - two very plump cats in baskets either side of the trunk of an Xmas tree whose owners had removed all the lower branches leaving just the top third decorated with baubles.   One radical solution to the cats and tree problem.

No horses in our paddock yet.  Haven't seen the neighbours since they came for lunch nearly 3 weeks ago and they didn't turn up on the agreed day to chat about the paddock and access and security.  Bit dippy though.   Good that you can have yours nearby to keep an eye on Busy.

Veggies that are good for senior citizen

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 21:59

And their only post.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:30

Went out to plant bulbs but found the smaller ones a bit dry looking so they're all now soaking overnight and will be planted tomorrow.  Sorted out some herbaceous perennials that will be better planted than left in pots and watered those too then watered all the pots outside and inside.

Got called away to practise our dance steps before class tonight!


Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:25

Depends on where they live and how exposed they are.  In my experience, David Austin roses can be fussy.  I had to rescue several from the borders in my Belgian garden and grow them on in pots with winter protection for a few years before they thrived.   Worth it though for the perfume and flowers.

Last edited: 08 December 2016 17:27:53

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:15

I shall be making mango chutney tomorrow.  It takes 8 weeks to mature and we'll probably be running low on the commercial stuff by then.

Best check i've got all the fruits I need to make the Creole cake as it needs a week to soak in all the booze.

Just had an amusing interlude with Rasta and Cosmos.  Rasta loves kittens and crept upstairs quietly to see.  Cosmos had a dog in his first home and gradually crept closer and closer and ended up purring and sniffing and running between her legs.  Minstrel watched, agog, from the safety of the bed.  More play tomorrow and then it'll be Bonzo's turn to make friends.

Spag with bol from the freezer for dinner.  Easy peasy for dance nights.   Must get some proper liver as OH and I love it with sage and onions, Italian style.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 16:12


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