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Lawn Seed info

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:10

Update: Thanks to my dog I now have a lovely 4 inch deep / 12 inch wide hole in my lawn. She was trying to hide her Kong where her sister wouldn't find it, so a bit of fast growing lawn repair seed is needed. Not a happy chappy after all that hard work....

gnats

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 21:11

Hi Bajangirl,

There are some Nematodes called Sciarid Fly nematodes that you can buy to try to tackle the problem, but to be honest with the water so close you might be fighting a  losing battle aganst them, but then again for about £10 for a pack it might be worth a go so you can enjoy your garden.

Lawn Seed info

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 20:58

Hi Deev8,

When did you sow your seed? I re-did my lawn about 2 years back, sowing late september to early october. By January my lawn was looking reasonably well as below but I did sow my seed pretty thick. (It was pretty tricky keeping the dogs off, despite the fencing).

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22892.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

Phacelia

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 20:49

Hi Caz,

There is a quite in depth article on the telegraph about Phacelia...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/9200394/Sow-a-patch-and-replenish-your-plot.html

Growing anything from 0.5-1.5m (20in-5ft) tall, with feathered, fern-like
leaves, it has truly beautiful flowers that unfurl, rather prawn-like, in
purple. (link above).

nematodes

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 07:32

Ive used nemaslug quite a few times in the past and its fantastic stuff, especially during periods like last year when there were the extended wet periods (that lasted almost the whole summer). The downside is that it is expensive, but I suppose it depends on how much you value the crops / hostas - there is nothing worse in my opinion than munching on a strawberry to find a juicy slug inside.

Chickys tip is spot on about applying it to borders, I would also apply it to your key crops e.g. Lettuce, Potatoes, Strawberries, hosta's if you have enough. The cheapest place I have found them is Nematodes Direct at 10.49 with free P&P.

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