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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 13:22

Fidget like the joke - although I can't agree that Scotland has gone to Hell - far too special and beautiful a place and people for that. However, the punch line could end up being a bit too close to the truth if Wee Jimmy isn't reined in soon.

Sorry - we've had enough aggravation on the forum this week and I don't want to spoil this thread with my political views but she does make me so bl@@dy cross.

Back to normal stuff:

Just been rained (hurrah!) off from yet more weeding and mulching.

Hosta - hope you get a swift diagnosis and all clear so you don't have to spend too many shifts on the tills.

Dove - glad the car was fixed quickly

Lesley - sorry to hear that you're going through a difficult family time. Look after yourself as well as everyone else

Rosemummy - a bit too chilly for naturism today 

Forgotten what everyone else has been up to - hope it's all good

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 21:53

All this chat - I so want to live in Scotland - I just wish wee Jimmy Krankie (Nicola Sturgeon) would get back in her hole and make it more attractive for people considering a move north of the border. Certainly not doing it while she's stirring up trouble.

Apologies - that's politics but she is really winding me up at the moment.

Meanwhile - Hosta - what on earth has happened? - hope you're ok

Levelling the lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 21:45

Well - if you're doing propagation - you're hooked! Nothing quite like the joy and satisfaction of making your own plants for free - even if you're not quite sure where to put them (we've all been to that station...) Lots of advice via the forum if you're not sure about when or how to take cuttings of certain plants.

But - for now - just enjoy what you're doing. It doesn't need to be serious - just make your own space & enjoy it

Levelling the lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 17:28

GN - I wish I'd been as 'clueless' as you when I started out. Your garden is looking beautiful - such a transformation

Your grass colour really has evened out  quite nicely. Mine was just permanently darker patches - even after 3 years. I think it was because the original lawn was in a pretty awful state and had been poorly laid and it just couldn't compare with the nice new properly prepped seeded areas.

Large Pittosporum

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:53

I think our approach is called "Gardener's Instinct" Peggy - and it's usually right

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:48


Lovely pic Liri

Levelling the lawn

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:45

Our country garden had a very uneven back lawn and the problem was aggravated by the presence of soakaways and decomposing tree roots after the removal of three very large trees.

Over 2 or 3 years we did things like gradually filling in the dips / trying to remove some of the high bits, reseeding etc etc - but the grass seed was obviously either a different mix to the existing grass or (more likely) was just not 20 year old rather neglected turf with a good mix of thatch and weeds thrown in for good measure.

The  end result was a more level lawn - but with very patchy coloured grass and different grass growth rates. It always looked 'wrong'. The way DHR suggests (lifting the turf, filling underneath and relaying the turf) would be a much better way to go.

In the end we bit the bullet when we had landscaping done last autumn and removed all the lawn, imported loads of top soil to get the levels right with the new landscaping and had the whole lot returfed.

Looks loads better - despite the best efforts of the local mole population

Large Pittosporum

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:28

I had one which was about 3m high and far too big for the space (I didn't plant it).

In a 'kill it or cure' moment I cut it back to a metre high and thereafter kept it trimmed lollipop / topiary style at about 5'. Good size and shape for the space in the end.

I always think if the alternative to digging out a plant is to give it a really hard prune / cut back (no matter how severe) there's nothing to lose by cutting it back. If it fails you can still dig it out

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:21

Salt, vinegar and a dollop of mayo or ketchup to dunk 'em in - heaven

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:08

I thought it was Andy Murray 

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