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Using old bricks to disguise a turf stack?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 18:49

That's how I'd do it too Nut

My mini raised bed was very rustic Kitty  - but it looked quite nice and allowed me to grow herbs in a perfect spot but where there was no soil. I'd forgotten that many years ago I did something similar on top of an ugly concrete coal store - that was planted with old fashioned geraniums and lobelia.

As I said - try to put it somewhere where it won't get knocked because the bricks could move if hit at the wrong angle.

Using old bricks to disguise a turf stack?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:39

I've made a raised bed for growing herbs by just (offset) stacking old bricks one on top of the other and filling the centre with a couple of grow bags. Think it was about 3 bricks high - worked a treat.

So I think your idea would work. The bricks won't be particularly stable as they're not cemented together but if you can put them somewhere they won't be knocked they'll be ok. You would be better making lower ones. No reason why you couldn't try to grow something in the top as well so long as it doesn't need much depth of soil.

Not sure about keeping the turves wet / dry - I just left mine behind the shed

I have also got rid of turves by lying them grass side down under hedges or really big bushy shrubs. Pushed right underneath you can't see them and they're gone in a season.

Last edited: 08 May 2017 17:45:12

Problem bed...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 17:22

It's ok Steve - mine killed a buddleia - and a holly.

Problem bed...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:27

I have a similar spot in terms of sun. It never floods in winter but the soil is essentially heavy clay so it can get quite wet and sticky during the winter. It bakes hard in the summer and a lot stuff looks quite scruffy quite quickly.

Good doers in my bed have been shrub roses, hardy geraniums (esp. Rozanne and Mrs Kendall Clark), an apple tree and (so far - touch wood - only been in 3 years) a couple of euonymus - Duc d'Anjou and a green and white one labelled Silver Queen - but I'm not convinced it is.

A Group 3 Viticella clematis (Ville de Lyon I think) is positively rampant but Princess Diana never thrived and died after season 2. The delphiniums seem to be reasonably happy and primulas and brunnera are doing well under the apple tree.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 20:24

BL - when we had a boat on the Broads a couple of years ago we spent several nights just on the mud weight in the middle of the Broad which extends from Fairhaven. Sheer Bliss - no neighbours except ducks, swans and the occasional otter and total, deep silence.

How to hide this monstrosity

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 18:31

At a quick glance there doesn't appear to be anything toooooo horrendous in there. If it's not been weeded properly before there might be some very long roots and a lot of dormant weed seeds.

If it were me, I would dig over the area carefully and dig all those weeds out (some of the roots might be deep). Leave it a few weeks and dig out anything as it starts to shoot.

You could use a glyphosate based weedkiller but that can take a few weeks before the weeds appear to die and by then it looks as though some of those weeds will have dropped yet more seed.

If you don't mind using weedkiller I would still dig out the bulk of what's there and then zap any new growth as and when it appears.

Glyphosate needs to be applied to the leaves. From there it travels through the plant and down to the root which it eventually kills. It may be several weeks before the weeds are completely killed and you may need a second application.

I wouldn't put membrane over the top until you're sure the roots are dead. Dandelions etc will sprout from a bit of root and then grow up through the membrane.

Not a quick fix but you should only need to do it the once

Last edited: 07 May 2017 18:32:32

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 17:25

Afternoon - nice sunny day here but fffflippin' ffffreezin'. Decided to have a day off proper gardening so just hand weeded a tiny bed (took all of 5 minutes) and then spent a  very happy hour in the potting shed pricking out nicotiana, potting on ammi and tomatoes and doing some watering. 

OH has been called in to work so on my own now for a couple of days. I think fish fingers might have to suffice for Sunday dinner - it's been a couple of weeks since I've not really had to think about pleasing anyone but myself so I'll make the most of it - not in the mood for cooking.

You've certainly had 'one of those days' Runny. I have been known to have a stamping foot tantrum (like a 2 year old) after a couple of episodes like that.

Beautiful roses B3 - aren't they a gorgeous colour? Very early too. We had loads of stuff budding up really early / growing like crazy because it was so warm in March - but it has been really cold since Easter and everything has ground to a halt. My roses have been in bud for weeks - but the buds haven't swelled at all the last couple of weeks.

Nice that your friends still pop round regularly Joyce - as you say it is very easy for friends to drop by the wayside when the going gets tough. Hope you get to relax soon though

Speaking of relaxing - the only time I can really relax in the garden is when we either have visitors or if it's a really hot day and I can pull the recliner into the shade and lie back with a good book. Otherwise i'm up and down pulling at this and propping up that - you know - you're all the same

Hello SGL - lovely to see you.

Last edited: 07 May 2017 17:27:38

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:37

PS - still flippin' freezin' out there - even though the sun is shining - quite breezy too.

I've done the pricking out / potting on jobs - might just weed the small front bed then call it a day

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:35

Was the house called 'Greenways' or 'Green Gables' then Hosta??

Having to chase around like that sounds a bit above and beyond to me. WR employ such lovely conscientious people

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:04

Hi Peter - welcome to the forum

Builders are really bad at doing this sort of thing.

I think the best thing to start with might be to get yourself a stout metal spike and start bashing it in different spots around the lawn. If you keep hitting bricks and rubble you might be better off stripping off the whole of the turf, then digging out the rubbish (you could hire a mini digger for a weekend and it will do both jobs) before importing some topsoil and returfing. 

If there is just the odd patch of rubble / rubbish you might be able to just work on those spots.

The grass will never grow properly on top of the sort of rubbish you've already found - sorry

Last edited: 07 May 2017 13:06:01

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