philippa smith2

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New Home Overgrown Garden PLEASE HELP!

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 19:05

Weed control fabric doesn't really mean a maintenance free garden.  You will need to rid the area of perennial weeds first.  An industrial grade membrane can then be laid but you will still have the problem of airborne weed seeds which settle and grow in your gravel covering.

Impermeable fabric will possibly give you a drainage problem as you point out.  

If you don't want to plant directly into the soil, perhaps some nice pots to break up the expanse of gravel ?

Whichever way you choose, be assured you will have to do some maintenance one way or another.

Poorly Cordyline

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 18:43

It is a natural process for the Cordyline to lose it's lower leaves.  Perhaps you need to check whether it is becoming too large for the pot ?

Sedum/Autumn joy

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 18:40

My sedum Autumn Joy have flowered at their usual time - ie they have been flowering for the past 3 or 4 weeks.

Still plenty of Butterflies and Bees about to take advantage of them - here at least ( SW UK ).

Dogs urinating on front garden

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 18:37

Scroggin - I do so agree with you about the litter droppers - tapping someone on the shoulder and saying " I think you just dropped this ? " usually earns you a mouthful or just a stare.

There are lovely dog owners - one chap I know with a beautiful sheepdog was surprised when I saw him out with his dog the other day.  I was in my car and pulled over to speak to him ( and the dog too of course ).  He reckoned I was the first person to stop the car just to speak to the dog 

Completely the opposite was the person who left a bag of dog crap outside my front door one day despite the fact that a Dog Bin exists just a few yards away  Well, I suppose at least they bagged it. 

Dogs urinating on front garden

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 18:07

Dogs urinating on front garden

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 17:38

Know what you mean Fairy - living "on the street", I have planters by my front door - some dog owners think it perfectly acceptable to let their dogs pee on them

Like the idea of doing the same but my sense of balance is poor these days - so, I'd need 1 paw to rest on the wall/fence, another paw to lift.  Leaves me with 2 paws but both on the same side.  Need to work on that one

when to apply compost to borders

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 16:51

If you have bare ground, I'd certainly go with doing it now - still warm enough for the worms to be active and gives you a good preparation for Spring planting.

Dogs urinating on front garden

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 16:43

I'd up the price to £2 for dog mentions HFan - you could be on a winner here 

Vine Weevil thoughts

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 16:32

The Muntjac don't fulfil a purpose here because they aren't native.  I think we need to know more about our particular eco system  before we can dismiss any creatures as "not fulfilling a purpose".  I'd be the first to admit that I don't know for sure. 

What purpose do humans fulfiil for eg ? I suspect Planet Earth would probably trot along quite happily without us - or some of us anyway 

The Beetle chart is a good idea - there probably is one available - anyone know ? 

Your attitude is to be applauded - they don't bother you and you don't bother them 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 16:16

Cod liver oil WillDB ?  Just stay in your own garden for 24 hours after taking it tho

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