Sharon Brattle


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Slugs

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 12:19

I have been using Organic child & pet safe slug busting granules which seem to work, but the only downside is when it gets wet it swells to an unsightly sticky mess! Still, better than ruined plants and flowers I suppose.

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 15:21

I'd rather be in my garden than anywhere else, especially this time of the year when all the hard work is done and you can enjoy the results. However, it is difficult just to sit and enjoy a glass of wine under the shady tree when you spot a bit of dead-heading to be done, or a stray weed has appeared! The nightly watering is becoming a chore though as I have sooooo many pots and hanging baskets, and it hasn't rained here for months. All these thunderstorms are passing us by, and the garden is crying out for a good downpour - hey ho - on with lugging the watering cans around again!

Sad Eucalyptus Tree.

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 12:34

Can anyone advise me on what's happening to my lovely eucalyptus tree? It's expertly pruned and shaped every two years or so, over 30ft tall with plenty of new growth on the top, but noticed lots of dead bunches of leaves appearing all over the tree. On these same branches healthy leaves are growing with new growth at the tips. Should these dead bits be cut off? and why are they dying?

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:10
yesdnyl wrote (see)

I have a 30x50ft new build 'garden' of turf which I want to nurture into a 'real' garden.  We're in North Hampshire, however there's a lot of builder's rubble on top of our Hampshire chalk!  The turf was laid 18mths ago, the garden is SW facing, the grass grew differently/patchy across the garden last summer.  My question is: Should I lift the turf, remove the rubble & improve the soil before I think about design/borders/planting/veg patch?  What advice can you offer for dealing with a new build garden?

yesdnyl wrote (see)

I have a 30x50ft new build 'garden' of turf which I want to nurture into a 'real' garden.  We're in North Hampshire, however there's a lot of builder's rubble on top of our Hampshire chalk!  The turf was laid 18mths ago, the garden is SW facing, the grass grew differently/patchy across the garden last summer.  My question is: Should I lift the turf, remove the rubble & improve the soil before I think about design/borders/planting/veg patch?  What advice can you offer for dealing with a new build garden?

I also have a SW facing garden in Berkshire, when we moved in 12 years ago it had also been used as a builders tip for the neighbourng houses! Before I could do anything I had to remove all the bulders rubble into a skip (or 2) and dig down about 3-4feet, mix in manure and new topsoil into existing soil and re-plant. If your grass is really patchy, I would lift the bad bits and re-turf. It will look terrible for the first season but will merge in as mine has, and improve.Only then could I start to re-design my garden how I wanted it. Godd Luck! Hope this helps.

Mossy lawns

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 16:35

An electric scarifyer is the only answer. My lawn is 40o/o moss, and I've given up on killers because of the unsightly bare patches & the hard work of racking up, re-seeding etc. I have replaced some of the worst patches with new turf, & altho' looked strange for the first year - has now blended in well. Learn to love the moss, 'cause it's here to stay!

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