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Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:44
Palaisglide says:

Right T.F. Do nothing for seven to ten days, let the grass get some new growth. Then rake it over which will lift some of the thatch and moss.  If you have the energy and time use your garden fork and walk up and down the lawn prodding it as deep as you can manage. Now mix some fine compost with washed sand about 50-50 and throw it in shovelfuls across the lawn, with a stiff brush, as stiff as possible sweep it across the lawn, it will go down the holes you prodded with the fork helping to aerate the roots. After all that a cup of tea and a bun spread the Feed and Weed Plus Moss Killer as to instructions. Be very careful not to drop big hand fulls anywhere on the lawn, if you do sweep it around as you do with the sand and compost. NOW water it in and I mean water. My way is to tie the hose to my fork and stick it in the ground, if you put it on spray it covers more ground, walk away do something else just returning to move it to another spot until the lawn is well soaked, and that is the secret, plenty of water, not a watering can with a rose, that will not even dampen the grass.You live two hours down the coast from me so your weather will be much the same never too hot or too cold compared with other parts of the UK, our weather is from the North Sea, it tends to be more moderate. Feed and weed will work for us though not for all. Good luck and I am sorry to say lawns are not easy you need to work at it.


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 Hey Frank, going to attempt this today as its been 9 days since last cut, just a couple of questions, when do I next cut the grass as it will be getting quite long in a few days and also when do I next scarify the grass?

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 11:02
Fairygirl says:

Hi Turnipfarmer - You can grow them on house walls no problem. The reason I said they were suited to covering sheds or garages etc is that they are more sprawling and much bigger than the clematis we normally think of. When they're on house walls it's just harder to keep them looking tidy as they want to grow everywhere! You need a big ladder  

You can prune them to a particular height on a house wall of course, but they'll want to keep going up so  bear that in mind. You'd probably have to cut the top back a couple of times a year.

It depends what you have surrounding it too. I had a fence next to mine so although it grew up over the back door, ( I tied it in and pruned any excess off throughout the year) I was also able to train it all along the fence. It was a bit of a faff initially, but looked tremendous when it flowered. 

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 thank you for the reply. Am I pretty safe at this time if year to prune and tidy? 

There is a lot of brown and dead woody parts on it.

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 09:06

Anyone know?

Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 14:06

Thanks for the advice guys. 

Seems a little bit of a minefield. I've just checked my autumn treatment stuff. It's got moss killer in it. 

Now not knowing which is best to either put treatment down or not should I just try it this year and see?

I'm up in Scarborough so do get quite wet winters.

I've just cut the lawn today, on closer inspection it's got tons dandelions and moss. Shall I want a few days before applying autumn treatment now? Topdress sounds like a good idea. How much do I put down? 

Sorry for all the questions, I'm fairly inexperienced at lawn maintenance but want to improve 

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:24

Hey everyone

I still have not got round to giving my Montana a prune but was thinking of giving it a go today. Yes everyone was correct it did flower in May.

Is now a good time to give it a prune and cut off any dead parts and tie it into the trellising?

One thing that has concerned me a little after reading this thread again is a post by FairyGirl. She said that Montanas are designed to cover sheds and pergolas etc however the previous owner of my house has made it grow up the side of the house, is this the wrong type of Clematis growing really? Should I have a more traditional clematis growing?

Also I have noticed its starting to out grow its trellising and I am not sure that I want it growing up the house anymore as it will be unmanageable. I will try and get a photo up to show people what I mean.

Autumn Lawn Feed Question

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:03

I'm gonna try and tackle my lawn today and feel I need to put down some autumn lawn feed. I haven't done it since living in this house which is two years. 

It's got a moss and weed issue. I plan to rake out moss in couple of weeks after moss treatment has worked. 

Now is this the best time to put down weed and feed? Also am I OK to put it down straight after I've mowed the lawn today? 

Crabgrass in Lawn - how to get rid?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:15

Any idea anyone?

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:02
Ah now that you mention it and looking at photos it's definitely a Montana.

So a general good tidy up would be best after its flowered? In places it's not attached to the trellising anymore so does need training better for future growth to get best shape.

I'll get a photo of it up and see what people think I can do with it as it's almost filled the trellising that's currently there

More Plant ID's, Your Help Please

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:45

Thanks everyone.

With regard to the Hebe, its just getting too big for its area is in and blocking light to the other plants in the flower bed.

Do you think my options are just leave it or remove it and replace? Or can they be pruned slightly rather than very hard?

Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:29

Our Clematis has always flowered in the 2 years we have lived in our house and looking at it yesterday there are some new leaves and buds growing which is great.

However like I say we didn't do anything with it for 2 years and the previous owner of the house hadn't either so as a result its looking a bit woody and leggy.

The question is when do I prune it. It generally flowers in May time this one so I have identified it as a group 2 Clematis. I am thinking of cutting back hard to almost the base after its flowered but not sure if this is too drastic and the right way to go. There are quite a bit of dead wood but not sure if I should prune these back whilst its activity growing. 

So basically should I prune back hard or just tidy it up when its finished flowering?

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