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Double digging

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 09:30

Thanks Verdun and punk doc. I think I can dig a bit deeper in some parts but it seems simply impossible in other parts as the fork hits something hard and big and there's no way round it. I will forget about the rotavating bit. I have read that the depth it digs is only about 20 centimetre so I knew it won't dig deeper, but I wanted it to break up the soil.  So you think it is ok to plant in lumpy soil?

I have also read enough (!) about well rotted manure and am planning to get bags of them rather than getting pallet delivery, as my garden is higher than my patio and I can't transport tons of it on my back.

Once I've dugged over the border, I will post the picture of my garden (probably no need - it's almost a perfect square of 10 x 10 metre with a 6 x 8 metre lawn in the middle) and ask for further advice about planting.  I have been collecting GW articles and clippings but am not sure if my ideas will work in practice.

Double digging

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 08:27


I'm hoping for some advice. I am in the process of digging over narrow-ish (width between 1 metre to 1.7 metre, depending on which side) borders around my lawn. I have found a lot of rubbles and roots (there used to be laurel hedge on three sides) in the soil and just can't dig more than one fork depth. It's combination of a very clay soil and my endurance - double digging isn't made for a 50 year old female

I hope to start planting in the autumn and wonder if this depth is sufficient for most plants?  I want flowering shrubs, climbers and perennials for medium to low maintenance and may want a couple of fruit trees on dwarf root stock.

Another thing I'd like to ask is if I need to have the borders 'rotavated'.  Although I'm trying to break up the clay soil and mix it with grits (various size, up to 1 centimetre I think), it is still pretty lumpy. I've looked at Homebase website to hire one and it being 90kg, I don't think I can handle that on my own.  I've read somewhere else in the forum that rotavator chops up weeds and therefore I'll end up with ten times more weeds.  But I'm digging up weeds as I dig over and thinking I might be able to hire someone to rotavate it for me.

I'd be grateful for some advice on these two questions.  Thanks!

Two plants id please

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:55

Thank you all for the answers.  I've googled Leucadendron salignum and Darmera peltata (known as umbrella plant) .

Have a good day in the garden (I am stuck in the office )

Two plants id please

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 15:30

Hi everyone and sorry that I'm asking again for plant id. I saw the first one (pic 1 & 2) in the St James's Square, central London last week and the second one (pic 3 & 4) in a woodland garden yesterday. I'd appreciate your help to identify them. Many thanks!


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Posted: 28/04/2015 at 10:16

Great, I'll mow the lawn when I get home this evening   Thank you very much for your help Dove (and Laura)   By for now until I have other problems/questions...!

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Posted: 28/04/2015 at 08:45

 Hi again, thank you for responses.  I had a look at the links and it looks like I have a lot of soft rush and couch grass.  But neither of them describe these shoots - hope the photos are big enough to see what these are.  I have tons of them in my small lawn. 

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:57

It's clay soil and I spent a couple of hours today making small holes with my 'aerating sandals'. Will the normal lawn grass send those shoots at this time of year? It looks like the end of the shoot developes to a flower or seed pod. If the normal grass don't behave this way, these must be weeds.

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 13:32

Thanks again, my hard labour isn't going to end anytime soon  Do you know what those tall shoots(?) in my second photo are? They do not get mown down. 

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:57

Thank you Dove from quick response. I am fed up with raking and my back aches so I'll let the lawn (and my back) to recover for now. My lawn isn't even, so at places the grass is longer than those in other parts. I'm planning to fill gaps and holes then scatter the grass seeds.

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:40


Hi, I've started to pay a very close attention on my lawn which is overrun by moss and weeds. I treated it with a 4-in-1 product before Easter and have been raking the lawn ever since but the moss, dead or alive, keep coming off. Am I fighting a losing battle?

Also I've been digging out weeds so together with the vigorous raking, my lawn looks rather sorry with bare patches here and there. At the moment there are a lot of shiny pointy stems coming from the grass (2nd photo) and I wonder if anyone can tell me what these are and whether I should pull them out.

Also I think this is weed (top photo - I uploaded it later but it went to top), not grass. Is it woodrush? Do I need to dig them out?

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Double digging

What is the sufficient depth for most plant? 
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Two plants id please

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grass on my lawn 
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Pant ID

Does anyone know what this plant is? 
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Compost bin....again

Is wooden beehive compost bin any good? 
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