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Rhod Crompton

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repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:56

Yep for rotary mower, they have a little spring on each end of the blade that rips the thatch out, you just need to know the width of your mower blade

repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 06:34

You may not need to hire a scarifier, there are useful blades you can get for your mower that do the same job. Be prepared to fill a couple of wheelie bins! Then apply a moss killer, and repeat the scarification once it's done it's job. You will then need to aerate as has been suggested, top dress and reseed. The reason it's best done in autumn is that the seed will have a much better chance of establishing in those conditions. Here's a link to a well known site for the scarifier blade, different sizes are available 

Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:02

Definitely a holly, they go spiky when browsed on or pruned! 

Acer problems

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 05:55

Plants in pots for any period of time need a soil based compost such as john innes no 3. Multipurpose compost has few nutrients and will just rot away over time as it is mostly organic matter. It's fine to do a mix of the two!

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:14

If you're not happy with the quality of the plants then you have too complain! I've done loads of the offers with thompson and Morgan through gw and direct and have had a few dodgy ones! All I takes is one phone call and replacements are offered! If crocus care about their customers then they will do the same

Problem with bush/tree in back garden

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:34

Looks like a pyracantha, they drop tons of leaves at this time if year

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:05

Not sure on varieties, I have got the labels somewhere, although some have appeared from nowhere

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:04



Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 05:49

I had the free gw sungolds last year, all outside, and had so many it was hard to keep up with them. This year I'm doing 8 different varieties, again all outside as I want to extend the season. At the mo they are all tiny and growing on in the greenhouse.

Talkback: How to make a wooden planter

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 16:33
Just built one of these and have the timber to make a second, first one looks great and I'm sue the second will be even better! Just need to plant them up now!
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