Posted: 19/03/2014 at 17:29
All ideas gratefully received! My neighbour's front garden has a sumach tree and a conifer of some description, and a couple of years ago she "cleared" all the surrounding soil and had turf laid.
I said at the time that these two trees (together with a few random shrubs) would suck moisture out of the soil, and that unless the additional problem of rampant wild garlic was properly controlled ie killed with glysophate, there would be future problems.
I hate to say that I'm right - but I am!
Around the conifer is a wide circle of dead ex-grass.
The sumach has sucked the life out of the soil.
The wild garlic is rampant.
So NOW I am asked for advice - and my temptation is to say "start again from scratch". However, it is a rented property, and she is loath to embark on an expensive solution that would involve a lot of hard work.
Is there an easy answer? I don't think so. The garden is south-facing, but is at the front of the property and partly shaded by a front wall.
If I was going to lay a lawn, this is not where I would do it. But . . .