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Latest posts by Palaisglide

moss on the lawn

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:51

Sotongeof is correct and the problem is once it is there you do need chemical to get rid of it.
Dove is doing the right things apart from spreading the moss when raking so it never totally gets rid of it.
What happens is the lawn grass roots grow up into the moss thatch and the problem with that is in dry weather it dries out fast because the thatch will not hold the water as the original loam would you end up with a dried out brown lawn.
Lawn feed and weed can go down after the frogs have left and must be watered in if it does not rain within 24 hours, I used feed and weed early in the year when the lawn is growing well and late in the year as a winter feed and weed. That one is a very slow release but will be gone before the frogs return to spawn.
Having once helped look after a bowling green lawn I know it is constant attention and even with that we got moss, who said lawns were easy.



Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:48
David K wrote (see)

Being strictly impartial here, I have to say it was a rather unusual way to register a question.

David another word with many meanings but usually meaning neutral! if you read through many of the posts on here and on the last forum we were all on you will see new posters are just as bewildered as we once were and get it wrong, which of us have never got it wrong I ask?
It is better to ignore the mistake and give as good an answer as possible with the information supplied rather than put some one off ever coming back. Yes we need as much info as possible though experienced gardeners should be able to pick out the bones of the question.
That is of course only my opinion, others may differ.
I love these arguments.


Fork Handles

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:33

Woo2, I lifted some old paving on the South side of my house, prepared the ground and lay a new lawn which struck and grew beautifully.
That was December five years ago, it has prospered ever since. It was a case of fitting the job in with the time I had from other duties so there was some trepidation but it worked.
My memory is of a very old acid plant being removed at ICI and then fenced off, we were told nothing would grow for ten years. Some of my lads working in the area said you better come and see this, they were looking through the fence at a sea of flowers and grasses, all weeds of course but it was exactly 18 months after demolition, you do not beat nature.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:20

Teesside, yesterday I said on the phone to my daughter "at least the weather is nice" "What" came the reply it is pouring down here, she lives in Norton Village three miles away and we never got a drop. We got a very nice long sunset.
This morning the sun was shining at 05:30 ack emma and is still quite bright, it is still and warm out there, in fact it has just started sending beams into the room, talk about micro climates, I can see over the valley and "Rains" side is not looking happy. Its not unusual though, she seems to get the worst of our micro climate. "Hmm" its not unusual! do you think they could write a song about that??



Posted: 06/06/2012 at 15:49
sotongeoff wrote (see)

"Moira did ask a question, "how to maintain a rubber plant" read the headings."

I did actually read that the heading Frank but a little more detail would have been helpful

I agree Sotongeof the more info we get the better although I think any answer is better than none. People asking for help can be easily put off.



Posted: 06/06/2012 at 12:30

Moira did ask a question, "how to maintain a rubber plant" read the headings.
Depending on its size you need a six to ten inch pot with John Innes number two compost,
They will take shade although bunging them in a corner and forgetting them will cause distress. They like an even temperature winter and summer plus a liquid feed every couple of weeks, they do like humid air we had our pot in a large saucer full of grit which was watered every day.
Wipe down the leaves with a soft damp cloth to remove dust and any bugs, you can put them outside in warm weather in a sheltered spot and if it was warm rain my wife would drag it outside for a shower.
They are almost fool proof a little TLC now and then helps any plant.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:32

Happy birthday Maud.
That brought back memories of long ago when on a Sunday night with a lot of family there I played "come into the garden Maud" and Uncle Peter sang it, no TV back then.
We had some sunshine yesterday "Rain" but your side looked definitely murky, today it is brightish and warm 17C at the moment.
Looking out of my bedroom window this morning I noticed I had some blooming Foxgloves! "err" I will rephrase that, I had some of my Foxgloves in bloom. They have spread along the border from one plant given to me a few years back. I do love them and so do the bees although when I had young grandchildren playing in the garden I took them all out as well as the Rowan and anything else too tempting.
Must off to the shops as the larder is bare after a long weekend of staying in with a swollen knee, my own fault throwing bags of green waste over a low wall rather than carry them round, idiot.



Posted: 04/06/2012 at 23:26

Trish, Gardenia are not an easy plant to grow they need a green house although you can sink the pots in a plunge bed during the warm summer months.
It will need a 6-8 inch pot with John Innes number 2 potting compost, that will have loam sand and grit in it.
it needs to be kept above 12 degrees C and below 18 degrees C and water well, on hot sunny days shade slightly and make sure there is air movement in the green house, stand a bucket of water next to the plant for humidity or damp down the greenhouse paves.
As I said not easy although with over a hundred different species there will be one to buck the trend, some body may come up with a simple remedy, I will look forward to that and learn.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 10:31

Teesside, off air yesterday as we had our own party "err" in the house, the conservatory was warm so Granddaughter planted on her Sun flower> I put a tray with all she needed in the conservatory and guided her through it, she asked if she could keep it here as mum and Dad kill plants, daughter wondered why we were laughing our heads off.
Lunch a roaring success then watched the pageant and in the end turned off the sound, it was pathetic in places. I gave them tea and they left happy after what had been a special day in more ways than one.
Today we have sunshine, warmish and clear above me but looking a bit waspish over "Rains" side of the Styx.
Greenhouse open and all watered, tom's shooting up and the benches clear now for some late sowing.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 14:52

Teesside is cold today, it was raining although now drying up.
It is a two roast Sunday lunch tomorrow, Granddaughter likes Beef and Grandson likes Pork us adults get what is left, they said make plenty of Yorkshires so a double mix then.
I noticed this morning the flag Irises in full bloom, they do cheer things up on a gloomy day. Better get that Sun flower into a nice pot with a bit more than the inch of compost it came in.


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