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Identity please

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 14:29

That is a very disheartening experience Mary - I'd be having a 'chat' with the suppliers of the top soil if I were you. Sounds like a load of weed infested soil to me

What have you actually done with the top soil in the garden? If you've just laid it as a layer over your existing soil then you can probably deal with this without too much bother and promptly dig weeds out as and when they appear. With luck they will just be in the top few inches of soil and a concerted effort with spade and glyphosate should see things reasonably cleared this season.

Vigilance will be your watch word to spot baby weeds coming through and zap or dig them before they have a chance to get their roots established in the soil underneath.

If you've rotavated the topsoil in your task will be more difficult but not impossible - even more important to deal with young weeds as soon as they appear and dig every last bit of them out.

Be aware that mare's tail has a waxy coating which makes using glyphosate less effective. At the very least you should bruise the stems before spraying or painting with the weedkiller. I would probably choose to dig out mare's tail. The roots can go down a very long way if it's established but (if it has come in with the top soil) it should still only be in the top 20 - 30 cms - just be sure to get all the root / rhizome out.

I wish you all the very best. It might seem disheartening now but if this a problem with the imported topsoil you can nip this in the bud if you keep on your guard.

Assuming you haven't already done so.... I would delay planting up until next year. That way you can dig and spray freely without killing treasures.

Good luck.

Identity please

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 12:52

Not sure about the first one Mary but your final pic does look like mares tail.

You say you haven't seen it before in the garden. How long have you been there?

If it's a while then that mare's tail may have been imported to your garden with something else - perhaps that bark mulch. If there was a tiny bit of rhizome attached or buried in imported compost or mulch it will grow away.

If it's the only bit I would carefully scrape back the bark to expose the soil and then try to excavate it out. Dig big and deep so you get all the root. If it's been imported in mulch or compost hopefully it will all be in the top layers of compost / soil etc

You really don't want mare's tail to establish in your garden - but if it's a lone wee bit and you act promptly you should be able to get it out. 

Then be really vigilant for any new bits.

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 09:57

Good on you Stephanie - what a brilliant way to view what must have been a rather worrying time for you. Imagine you live in the same part of the world as Muddle Up (see her posts from yesterday on the Resurrected 15 thread).

It must have been quite heart breaking watching all that muddy water sweep over all your hard work - but it sounds as though a lot is recoverable. Do you have a local 'Jungle Drums' type emailing set up where you live? You could post to see if your garden store etc has ended up in someone else's garden.

On the bright side - I think you will be able to reinstate your garden and plants quite quickly (it's prolonged submersion that kills things) - and river silt really will be a wonderful addition to the garden so expect things to romp away later this season.

Lots of veg can still be sown now for a later harvest - or there is absolutely no shame in nipping out to buy some large plugs (no pun intended!) from the GC to restore the status quo.

Good luck and keep us posted with how you get on

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 09:31
Ladybird4 says:


T'Bird - your weather is good enough for you to cycle?!!!!!!


See original post

 Well - it's grey and a bit breezy - quite chilly - but it is dry.  I have to tell you it is usually dry here even when everywhere else is having floods of biblical dimensions.

I wouldn't want to cycle too far today - but a couple of miles up the road is ok If we go to the pub it'll be about 10 miles - maybe I'm going off that idea now

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:55

Morning - will get the old push bike out later to cycle to the polling station. Might continue pedalling afterwards and steer towards the pub for lunch.

Have been thinking of M-U overnight.

Hope there's not too much damage from the river and I really hope poor little Boo is ok. I've dealt with ferals before and know they can be impossible to handle. Human intervention can also be more traumatising for them than suffering the pain of an injury. Just hope he turns up

Late spring/early summer colour

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:42

Lots of hardy geraniums flower in the May - July window. Far too many to mention and a wide variety of colours, heights and spreads.

They say there is a hardy geranium for every site and aspect except permanently waterlogged - I certainly have a wide variety used as both feature planting and as under / ground cover planting.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:36


OH comes home this morning so best get myself showered  & presentable!

Dove - wouldn't somebody from your chosen party come & drive you to the polling station & save you the cab fare? (unless you're voting green of course - in which case they might offer a crossbar...)

OH has a permanent postal vote because of his job so he's already done the deed, but he'll accompany me to the polling station later - nice to be able to go on our bikes. Might even continue the ride to the pub for lunch

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 22:59

Hmmm - bawbags - now let me guess...

Night all

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:08

Hope your daughter gets the plumbing sorted Runny - a little water goes an awfully long way

Glad to hear most of the cats have turned up M-U but sorry to hear poorly little tom is still missing.

Have you checked under hedges and bushes for him? They sometimes choose those sorts of places if they're ill or injured.

Fingers tightly crossed he turns up tonight or tomorrow.   x

Last edited: 07 June 2017 21:10:27

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 16:47

PM for you Dove

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