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Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:53

Pinkpeony, we had Greenthumb do ours a couple of weeks ago.  They hollow-tined first and then came back a couple of weeks later to scarify.  We've had more or less constant rain since then (not their fault!) and our grass now looks like a muddy ploughed field .  It looks a heck of a lot worse now than it was before.  They're supposed to come back soon to feed it, but I think they're going to have to re-seed about 50% of it.  I'm not a happy bunny!!


Posted: 04/04/2016 at 16:22

Am I missing something here?  I can't see a reply from Dave  but I'm assuming from Nutcutlet's comment, the answer is to give it a haircut now?

Cutting Red Robin

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 16:19

Thanks Tetley.  I'll do that then.

New build house waterlogged garden - clay soil

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:55

Dudeni, I can wholeheartedly sympathise.  We also bought a new-build house a few years ago.  Planting anything at all is a nightmare - the clay is like plasticine and we could almost have built a new house with the boulders we took out when trying to dig holes to plant anything .  The borders do fill up with water when the weather is wet (where we live, that's most of the time), but so far, most things have survived.  We do have grass but it's a constant fight trying to battle with the moss.  I think you have to accept you won't have a great lawn, but with a bit of hard work, ours looks not too bad in the summer


Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:38

I have a Potentilla which has become very loose and lanky with lots of bare bits at the bottom and the new flowers at the top.  Is the right time to give it a severe pruning, or should I leave it till after it flowers?  I was going to prune it after flowering last year, but it carried on flowering till the weather was too horrible to go out and cut it back!

Cutting Red Robin

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:35

Sorry, I know there has been a thread about Red Robin before, but I can't find it .  My Red Robin is producing nice new red shoots at present, but the bush is very spindly.  Should I sacrifice the new shoots and cut it back to thicken it up?  (I'm in the north of Scotland and the weather is very dodgy at present, lol)   Will I get more new shoots this year if I do cut it now?

Thanks in advance.

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:18

We're quite high up and have a very exposed garden.  A few years ago, a pane of toughened glass blew out from our greenhouse in a ferocious gale, the wind got in and eventually blew out quite a few panes. The whole frame eventually buckled and you can imagine the mess we had to clear up .    We've never replaced it, but I now have a little potting shed instead.  I do miss my greenhouse though!

Gardener Survey

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:12


The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 19:48

Thanks everyone.  Great to hear all the different comments.  I've binned my polyanthus but haven't drenched the compost in the pots yet as we had freezing temperatures and snow over the past few days!  (Scottish Highlands )  Much milder now though so perhaps by the end of the week will use the provado, though the neighbours will probably think I've finally lost the plot .

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:09

OK Buddy.  Thanks.  Job for tomorrow, weather permitting!

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