Latest posts by Palaisglide

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:37

Here in the cauld windy Norf the Subtitles definitely needed by us Tykes come Makem's come tackems. sorry to mention this but London Hinglish is not the only dialect around. Loved seeing the plants on Barbados, loved the Lichens we have plenty of them up here and they come in all sizes, very interesting, may even do the pleached Limes although it would have to be all along the road. A couple of trees in each front lawn, maybe the odd one in a drive, they will not get their cars out but "hey" a blow for Global Warming. Normal every day gardening information, how to plant things can be found on Google these days by the barrow load though they never seem to mention double digging or potato trenches with plenty of horse muck, but then I am old fashioned, moderns want everything easy or quick.

I watch GW as a relaxation a nosy into other peoples gardens and to see what Monty is up to now as will many of the viewers, but then, that is me, as they say you cannot please all the people even some of the time. "OK" aisle gitten me ganzie and gan down t'Bladen Arms then for a jug.


Yet more moss in lawn advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 15:02

Hello W.W. I know what you mean, neglect things for years then when it is too late get the help in. You could well be right about the hard stuff under the lawns, fashions came and went quickly at one time up to the decking period, I call that the dark ages then lawns laid on top of everything, they were told grass grows on  nearly anything we know that is not true. My first Lawn had the ground dug out for nearly eighteen inches, brick hard core put down then gravel. On that went twelve inches of good topsoil and then compost mixed with sand, then seeded. I got two years out of that before we moved, the people moving in said they had been attracted to the lovely lawn they would have nothing to do? What. I never went back but shed tears for that lawn.


Just need to vent...

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 12:32

Correct, we do not have to watch and yes we all have on off buttons, or on here a scroll facility, though we do tend to be a curious lot. BBC think they need pander to that curiosity by their phrenetic coverage 24 hours seven days a week. What annoys me is the need to be filmed on site, have they not heard of greenwall and back ground projection? Why go to all the cost of moving people around on already over loaded road systems, where does global warming come into the equation I ask.

As to content this is a discussion part of the forum, we all have views some widely divergent to others. In my case those who attack inocent people to pursue thier own ends are terrorists no matter what they do in the future. Those people leave devastated families broken bodies and cause breakdown in social order, would I have obeyed the order to shoot on sight? Yes I would at that time and those circumstances. Someone has to say it.


Yet more moss in lawn advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 10:25

Wonky, seen the day as they say then started helping on a bowling green for many years. Everything apart from the Autumn layering of £600 worth of compost was machine, that was hard enough, my own lawns then got the machine manicure, quicker easier and less of a backbreaking event.

Lawns are high maitenance, hard work however we tackle it, anyone thinking put a lawn in then sit drinking wine the rest of their lives have it completely wrong. A few hours a week in summer and leave it alone in winter will give a good green sward, well that is me, there will be many who do things in a different way.


Yet more moss in lawn advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 09:55

As with all things, you pay your money and make your choice. Evergreen is my choice after years of trials and yes the all in one ontains iron sulphate they all will. On another post sea weed was the choice, never used it so looked it up, it contains salt and some trace elements, not a lot. Salt is what we used as a weed killer in my Dads garden when I was a lad, the worms take to the hills at the first sign of salt.

Over the years it suited me to weed and feed in spring as soon as the grass started to grow and then again six weeks later. In Autumn scarify first and compost the moss and mat that is pulled up then winter weed and feed. Obviously as Fairygirl Daughter says in spring feed and weed first then scarify the lawn binning the lot, do not add to compost.

That is what works for me in the NE, others may differ, I was once told ask ten gardeners a question you will get ten different answers, that is true they will tell you what works best for them, the funny hing is they are all right.


Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:35

KT53, The bit that gets to me is yesterdays terrorist is todays Freedom fighter and peace maker, tell that to the families who suffered.

My vivd memory is of a picture in the Guard Room with a shoot on sight notice, he later became President of his Country.

I always knew we lived in a mad mad world.


Just need to vent...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 10:44

My first thoughts went to the people killed and injured, the Policeman doing his job unarmed, with a family, three Policemen on the Bridge returning from a medal ceremony  and all those innocent people excitedly taking in the wonders of London. Been on that bridge many times and know there is no escape if a person is intent on doing harm.

The reporters were grabbing people out of the crowd obviously in shock and not in command of the full picture why? They wanted to show people crying and in shock it was good TV as far as they were concerned. Channel Two News last night had the commentator trying to pin everything on the security services Police and any one else he could, if they were told for security reasons you cannot do that or go there they would be  screaming Police State very quickly.

I read the news on my laptop skipping the wild comments from overly excited reporters, that way I do not throw boots at the TV.


Last edited: 24 March 2017 10:45:16

Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 20:01

Having seen the picture i realise there will not be much green left once the moss has been removed, the rock and the hard place comes to mind. You could scarify first then weed and feed though some of those weeds look hard core. Depending on funds removing the grass and returning may be the answer.


Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 16:31

Tom, depends on the size of the lawn. You can use it as if scattering seed by hand remember with those treatments less is better, to much you can burn the lawn, also watering in well essential or burning occurs. If you have a big lawn then a small push along spreader will do the job providing  you do not go over the same bit twice, just take care when spreading.

Any good garden shop or centre will sell good feed and weed under various names, it is all basically the same formula probably packed by one large packer in named boxes, when I worked for ICI you would see the same mix go in different name bags, people would swear by a brand we knew they were the same.

You will have a better lawn by summer as the work pays off, the garden is up to you. I tell people to buy some larger pots fill them with plants or bedding and group them where the garden looks bare, it cheers you and the garden up, one good flowering plant can make a difference, plus pots can be moved around.


Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 15:13

Tom, we would normally scarify in Autumn, as yours needs some TLC give the first dusting of feed and weed a chance to do its job on the weeds then scarify. Getting the lawn back into trim will take time it is not a short term fix. The grass like us needs some Spring sunshine to boost it, let the roots get a firm grip again. Your first cut would be with the blades well up, the more leaf the more goodness it will get. Be patient, nothing happens fast in gardening, after years of gardening you get a steady but sure way of working, we do work today for next year or the year after so donot expect instant miracles.


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