Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:54

Dove, Snap, same here in Stockton on Tees though still quite warm. "Oh" well stay inside and sort all the wedding photo's on the computer, busy enhancing cutting and sorting, wonderful tools these mac Books.


Removing weeds in paths without weedkiller

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:59

Working at ICI opened your eye's to what went into all those wonder weed killers, almost all have Salt NaCI Sodium Chloride and Ascetic Acid CH3COOH, I remember as a lad being told to de-weed the paths in the garden, we had plenty of salt for curing bacon and I would make up a mix of salt vinegar and warm water to dissolve the salt then water the path with a spray nozzle, it worked yet I never saw it cause any loss of plants close to the path. When you consider the garden is one giant chemical plant in the reaction of the soil the growing of the plants and plants themselves I cannot see how you can be chemical free.


Ant Farms

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:44

Obelixx said it all. In my Fathers garden with very old walls the ants lived in all winter then emigrated to his plants he did not pull any punches. A drop of petrol on the nest and a match, any one for grilled ant?


Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 13:32

Stockton on Tees, you would have needed arc lamps to take photo's here. Dark early then sunshine and now almost dark again, we seem to have one errant cloud over us that refuses to move on. No water shortage here.


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 11:17

Ladybird, I learned in my youthful shenanigans that boozing and courting were not compatible companions, I would know my own Daughters, "i think"?

"oh" and my English Teacher at High School taught me that there are many words beginning X-Y-Z so prepare to be amazed, "err" maybe !


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 10:42

Ladybird, you sound just like my Daughters, DAD !!!!!!?


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 10:18

Ladybird, Mess do's now there is a memory, that was the time we SNCO's lived in the mess and the drinking was one endless booze up. I slept under the piano a few times after falling off the piano stool. Those were the days the mess Steward brought a bucket of strong tea into the bar at 05:30 strong and re-energising we dashed off cleaned up and on Parade as straight  and polished as button sticks, young daft and super fit, definitely not me now.


Ultimate Alphabet W

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 09:48

Thank you Ladybird, Hero? that is winner, warrior, white hat, none of those believe me, I got my medals for staying alive, bottom up head down in the deepest hole i could find. 

Muddle up the wedding was indeed wonderful, when they showed me the video after I wandered off to my well earned bed, singing the dirty version of Lily Marlene for the third time they thought it best to banish me, then the mad dancing really started with Bride and Groom leading, this after their first waltz which to me a Dancer was a shock, it was slow but perfect in execution they had been taking lessons on the quiet. 126 at the night do which went on well into the night so I am told, there were a few aching heads at breakfast. I always say enjoy the day to the full as one never knows does one.


What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 16:04

Splandy, you are trying too hard. feeling depressed does not lead to a solution. If you have loads to do in a new house and baby's to look after you need a rethink. Stand back look at the whole and think what you want, a place to play with the youngsters clean and dry, some eye catching focus points there are ways until you can really get down to it in a years or so when you have more time. When my children were young (a long time ago) I built a sand pit to play in with a cover to keep it clean and dry. We had some carpet cuttings I put down for them to picnic on, now you can get Astro Turf, I used troughs and pots with flowers in them so I could move them around as they came into bloom and then faded and I fenced off my vegetable section though that did not keep them out as they looked for carrots and strawberries. What you are asking is a Major operation to do it well and you need some muscle. There are no quick and easy ways to do it. Take a break rethink it and maybe change your requirements a little. The advice given by other posters is good, they have been there and know how it is done, that advice will take hard work and lots of mix to sit the Rolls of grass on, I would give it more thought that is up to you.


What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:22

Splandy, you have done some hard  work getting rid of the rubbish so why waste the effort in putting down something you will not be able to alter later when a bit more work will make a better job. I would remove the stepping stones then cut the grass back to where they were, (Actually I would remove all that grass and start again) but time it seems is not something you have. Start to rake it to a reasonable level and level it best you can now as once down the grass will remain at the level you put it. Cover with as much compost, washed sand and fine grit mix as you can afford then again level it best you can. The usual would be six inches, once you have the best level you can get tread it down into a pan by shuffling up and down, the neighbours will think you have lost it but we have all had to do that, rake again very lightly removing any lumps or stones if there are any. Now lay you rolls, get a general purpose type and make sure the edges are hard up against each other, now WATER and that means soak it then do that every day for at least ten days but keep it damp until the roots have time to set. Do not cut for six weeks then with the blades up, (I used shears on my knees) that is up to you, you will see the new growth when it starts. It will never be a lawn though with children that would not happen anyway, you will have a playground but treat it with feed and weed in the Autumn then again in Spring you will have a reasonable area. I have relaid my lawns over time, as the children grew away then grandchildren come back, it is always better to take the time and effort at the very beginning. Hope you can get some use from this, nothing comes easy in gardening.


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