Latest posts by Palaisglide

Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 11:51

Dove, yes you did say DONT and I believe I repeated that. I always respect what you and Verdun say in answer to questions by new gardeners and did not query your answer about the four in one. Having seen the disappointment of some of the new Buy people around here I try to give advice for a fair decent lawn rather than a promise of wondrous turf as seen in pictures the builders use to sell houses. We have solid brick clay under us so the normal way of six inches of topsoil and roll out turf does not work, it becomes a pond in wet weather, as I said heartbreaking. Hope I did not offend you in some way.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:13

Stockton we have the lights on dark louring low cloud and rain. Let us hope that like yesterday the sun comes out. We live in hope.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:07

DFW that is a typical new build lawn, builders remove all top soil down to clay then during building it all gets compacted often with rubble buried in holes. Once up the gardeners come in spread a few inches of topsoil on the pan then roll out the lawn which is normally a general hardy type rather than bowling green. If it is hot and does not get enough water it tends to curl and in places die off. I watched it happen around here as they built on the old market gardens taking all the good soil away and selling it as part of their perks. Some give up and it becomes the children's playground some try too hard with chemicals others take it all up and start again, it is heart breaking.

Forget the four in one take the advice given by Verdun and Dove leave it to over winter then start again in spring. A mild wet winter would help it recover from the stress and build up strength for next year. Watch it during wet weather as the hard pan under the lawn can stop drainage, if water pools on the lawn it will need some drainage sorting out. The bad news is it will never be a bowling green the good news it can with care become a reasonable lawn. Spring feed and weed read the instructions on the packet and less is better, water it in well then wait six weeks and do it again, meanwhile keep the blades of the mower up, I keep my lawns at one inch, most lawns are not level so you end up shaving parts if the blades are set low. All this is probably not what you want to hear but that is gardening and over many years I have learned to make the best of what we have, perfection is an illusion.


Lawn aerating

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 21:23

This machine intrigued me so I researched it. The Machine is called a Starline Slitter and is meant to cut slits in the turf, it does work at a faster rate although if the ground is hard may not cut deep enough to be much good.

You live and learn, Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:35

Are Liriodendron, you should see the show we put on for the Southern Tourists who come to gawp at our green and pleasant area with its rolling hills beautiful coasts, yes coasts, woods and streams, usually babbling when not overladen with rain water pouring down to the River then the sea. Off with business suits and on with the blue woad goat skin shorts and not much else apart from the aftershave, a good coating of pig dung attracts the Ladies. We watch the clouds then do our rain dance where upon it rains, the Southerners are amazed and throw us half crowns which we promptly change into Euro's, we know which side our bread is buttered. It must have been a Sun dance today it is suddenly shining brightly down upon us so must be raining in Cornwall.

Sorry Verdun. Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:38

And so it ends, Stockton's mini summer is over it would seem. In the words of the song ( I have lots of songs in my head, quite deafening) "The clouds are low, the sun departs, the heatings on, the windows shut and its raining, raining on my A@@e" I think those are the right words but that is the bit that is wet. Our NE weather has a mind of its own so hope it clears up, but hey it saves on having to shower, we just stand outside naked. You could call it a community shower when we are all out there together, mind you do need dark glasses.


Lawn aerating

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:26

Rex, When I was helping on the Bowling green we did have a machine with thin blades that cut into the lawn it was used once a year before we put tons of top dressing down and raked it in, there may be some logic in your machine but apart from that I had not heard of it. I do suppose a slot is the same as a spike as long as it does not turn out to be a trench infantry could hide in. It would take more top dressing and open up the roots more. Good luck.


HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 13:39

Yes Verdun and imagine what they made of this pale Northerner when I arrived back from two years in the desert, my future Wife asked if we would have mixed race children, "yup" a mix of Geordie, Tyke and Durham. Have to admit though those Cornish Ladies loved running their fingers over my delicate white skin before feeding me oggies and Scones, what they did with the cream and jam I leave to your imagination.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 11:49

Stockton yesterday it was blue skies and too hot to sleep last night, today grey skies growling at me nothing but grey skies can I see. But Hey happy day I got my hair cut at last. NHS holidays they will cut your toe nails but hair grows down your back and the girls plait it, free at last.


HEY! This aint right!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 11:44

Poor Verdun, my timbers are shivering for you "err" or is that laughter. Cornwall the land of Sun and such clear skies the artists flock there, then it becomes "by eck as like" this should not be happening. Join the club our NE is normally part of the dry section of the UK, " you know away from the Atlantic storms" this year those storms made a bee line for us braking hard overhead and hissing it down, but hey life goes on. we don our Sou-westers wellies and fishing hats to nip to Tesco. The Barby goes under the garage door, the family sit comfortably inside whilst dad burns the sausages, and when dad gets back inside all the Scones Jam and Cream have vanished. Tis a cruel world Verdun, we Brits just battle on.


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