Latest posts by Palaisglide

How easy will it be to grass this area?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 14:45

Problen, the preparation and sowing of another small lawn will be expensive as would decking. To start you would need to remove the stones, dig down and remove what ever is underneath saving some of the stones for drainage. That will mean around twelve inches deep. You would then lay some of the stone back as drainage but then need to replace around ten inches of soil of reasonable quality, Loam or Compost mixed with your own soil and plenty of washed sand. On that pan after raking all small lumps and bumps from the pan, any stones or clumps of clay depending on what you used in the mix walk up and down it shuffling along (the gardeners shuffle), this will firm the top for laying the seed or rolls of grass from a Garden Centre, with children a medium grass would be needed.

OK that is how you would lay a lawn and the better you want the lawn the deeper you would dig and the more topsoil and sand mix you would lay under the grass. I am assuming time will also be a problem so I cannot believe I am saying this and will wash my mouth out later. Remove stones, lay a membrane and then Astro Turf, it is like a carpet for children to play on if you get the correct one, the early stuff could cause burns if you slid on it. I await the screams of traitor from the gardening world but often needs must.

New builders get away with murder, laying six inches of soil onto the compressed pan of the building site then roll out cheap rolls on that. We get the cries of help on this board and it hurts to tell them the truth which is why I explained lawn laying. Time and Finances being an issue you have to cut your coat, as an old time gardener my way is do it properly, do it once, short cuts mean you do the same job over and over.

Looking at the picture again, dig the stones out check the soil underneath if it is reasonable dig it over, remove lumps and stones then lay turf rolls. It would last until you have more time and money.


Bluebell Infestation

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 14:13

I let them flower as they are clumped in part of the border normally used for later planting, I was looking at them yesterday with a mix of Daffodils, and a Pieris in full bloom its lovely white feathery flowers were shown off by the bluebells quite a picture. Before they turn to seed I chop all the top foliage down and it vanishes until next year, I then plant on top with bedding, the chopping down of the foliage seems to keep it in check and I like Blue, even more so if it is the sky above, just appearing now after a dull morning.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 10:34

Stockton, return to normal, dull and dour though warm with it, the flowering plants seem to be enjoying it so not all bad then.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 22:21

Posy Happy birthday wishes for tomorrow.

I too love Countryfile for the eye candy of country side they cover, OK Elly is nice too. It reminds me the problems Farmers have do not change much nor have they in all those years since I was on farms and my Son still is only they have now moved to France. With Farming it was always a glut or starvation, wartime subsidies then austerity cuts then back again on the EU subsidies and now anybody's guess we will probably end up like New Zealand where all subsidies were cut off. My Relatives were sheep Farmers in New Zealand, always pleading poverty but able to afford plenty of visits back here, Saying that we did owe them, during the war years we got half a frozen sheep a year and a boxed parcel every six months full of goodies, it was a New Zealand Government scheme for those with relatives in the UK. A life saver for many families.


New turf in august now hardly growing

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 16:02

It will not make much difference a light roller may set the seed into the soil better for seeding. Definitely do not use any sort of feed or weeding until the new grass is up and sturdy, if it is wet though best just keep off it. You may have to re-dress and seed some parts again as not all seed takes or the birds have a feast, early morning Starlings being the worst, I looked out one morning early and the front was black with them probably after chafers. That is nature my Father would say, one row for the beasties and one for us, or one handful of seed for the birds and one to grow. It is mainly waiting with patience now something gardeners need aplenty.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:28

True Obelixx, I think Monty was pushed into the position though, I have some of his books and he never claimed to be the expert in fact says he did learn much from his travels. In the opening Speel on my few minutes of fame with a couple more, you would have thought us experts on the subject we were not, we each told it as we saw it at the time and how we felt, discussing it later we all thought it over the top and not our doing, I wonder how Monty feels sometimes.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:20

Hello Joyce we had two lovely bright days as well but it seems to cloud in during late afternoon. With Rising ground either side it seems to channel down the Tees Valley from the Dales. There must be a hole in the Pennine Chain, I think I will go brick it up, quite dull now.


New turf in august now hardly growing

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:13

Obelixx is correct, grass will barely be growing as yet, it will shoot away as soon as we get some April sun on it. The graded soil and seeding will help though may need more than one application but remember where you seed running a mower over it before it is properly rooted will pull it out. I always cut the first cut by hand on new seeding, hard work but worth it. If in April you do use feed and weed do not put any on the new seeded bits, remember with that kind of treatment less is better. It would well be best to wait until the new seedings are well established before weed and feed but water it in well, a hose pipe not a watering can and a couple of days running to make sure it got well soaked in.


Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:02

Raisin girl, I did that on a North Facing wall, the tree was perfect the fruit plentiful and lush but we hardly got any, Birds. I netted it when the fruit was due fine mesh top to base, the blighters got in, next year double meshed it, watched the fruit ripen to perfection and next morning Starlings had decimated it, gave up and let them have it after that then took it out later

Rambling Roses or Clematis will do well on that fence, the flowers will find the top of the fence for any sunshine but that will not matter. There are plenty of plants that like shade, look at shady plants on Google.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:50

Stockton on the lovely River Tees, for those who have no idea where this is between the Humber and the Wear next one before the Tyne, I would write a song about the Fog on it although I think it has been done, probably to death?

Sitting in lovely warm sunshine eating my Ham and Pease Pudding sandwich when from the West came a gust of cool wind and the clouds appeared. I always said they did not build the Pennine chain high enough. Retired to lovely warm Conservatory gazing out at my flowering Pieris with its shower of lovely white flowers, The Daffodils and early Blue bells making a nice backdrop, I do believe Spring has arrived in our North Eastern land. Expect the Vikings any day now. "Oh heck as like" it is getting darker, may have called Spring too early yet again.


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