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Advice for our garden

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 10:03


IMO - that lawn doesn't look too bad considering what you had to start with & the limited budget.  If you are redoing the garden completely soon it makes good sense not spending too much money on it now.

You are probably correct that the lawn is growing unevenly because of what is underneath and that would also account for some of the ups and downs.

I'm no groundsman but your plan seems reasonable enough.

I don't think I'd waste energy scarifying at this stage - there's probably not that much thatch to remove. 

If there are a lot of bare patches - a general spread of compost and seed will help.

You could also concentrate some soil/compost into the pockets - compact it down by walking on it and reseed - this will help even the lawn out.

It might also be that your lawn looks bad at the moment because it's coming out of a wet winter and cold spring - so a spring lawn feed might help as well

Tree suitable for planting next to building?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 08:11

How close is close?

Anything growing 4 to 5m high is going to have a large root system and is also going to take a long time to get to that height. Are you sure you mean 4-5 metres? 

Our neighbours have a silver birch which is that high but is only about 3m from both our properties. But the tree predates both houses (which are 20 yrs old) so our surveyor was happy that the house foundation were built to accomodate the tree roots.

Mortgage lenders often dont like trees within 3m of the house which might make selling the house difficult in future.

What is it you are trying to achieve exactly? Would a pergola type arrangement with climbers over help?

Reclaiming the cost of some mail order plants

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 18:34

Have just put Beeches Nursery in my bookmarks - looking at their catalogue it seems like a good place to set the sat nav for 

web site

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 13:02

.. and email alerts are firmly on  the agenda to be fixed. 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 10:58

Daniel - thanks for the update - good news 

Hello Hosta -  it's very lonely in pedants' corner without you - some good typos cropping up without an edit button

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:44

On another positive note posting is generally much easier especially from both tablet & desktop because all the buttons (smilies, quotes etc) work properly.

The text in the posting box is a little small (ok for me but not for those with sight issues). Easy enough to sort on a desktop but needs the 'pinch out to zoom' facility on mobile devices really.

But, on the whole, I think it will be good when the general layout / appearance has been tweaked and the navigational aids we've requested are in place. And an edit button 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:26


Bad news about the fire

Grey and drizzly here but still very mild. Forecast to be like this all day which is just perfect for all the planting I did last week. I was a bit concerned that the extreme weather of the last few days meant I'd have to get the hosepipe out.

Might have a trip out today but don't know where yet

Have a good one! 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:59

What a nice place this forum is - beautiful picture Fairy, lovely poem Dove, reminder of what I would like my border to look like from Doc and a reminder of what I shall be like before too long from PP.  

Have a good evening Panda.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:49

Hi Daniel

It does sound as though you are addressing the most important niggles first. Thank you

The ability to enlarge photos is obviously quite an important thing on a forum where we are often ID'ing plants for other users.

However, I'm not sure if the team have picked up that we have also asked to be able to do the finger pinching out / zoom in technique for the whole screen (not just photos) on mobile devices such as iPads (as we were able to on the old style forum).

Some of the members find the text quite small on mobile devices (especially in the Posting Box) and the ability to zoom in / out on the whole page made for a quick and easy fix.

So I'm not sure if the work you are intending to do is just about being able to expand photos or about being able to expand the whole page....? 



Plant ID please

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 18:26

I usually have to give Centaura a little support unless it's well supported by surrounding plants - a few twiggy sticks are fine. 

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