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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 17:54

Hello Tootlea....think we have gotten used to new format now 

top dressed front lawn after a good raking yesterday.   "What have you done to the lawn"? my niece asked critically.   Ok, the nice green sward is not quite so verdant right now but give it a week and it will be just the same as it was but just a tad more level.  The lawn will thank me next season 

Mixing cremation ashes with soil

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 17:47

better than anything I could suggest S.V.   

An appropriate solution for an emotional issue 

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 17:40

KT53,  you like your plastic or metal edging ....for me it is awful  !   Plastic disintegrates; metal is sharp and rusts and never looks right.  . Some of your edging "is still solid"??  All mine is "solid" .  Yours need replacing.  Mine don't.  My bespoke concrete edging suits my needs perfectly.

anything of quality cannot be re visited without some effort.  If I decided fo keep shapes as they are I would have no need to attend to it.

when I put in the concrete I created gaps .....plastic sheets which meant lengths or curves can be easily detached .  the chisel simply helps with the separation.??

I have prob altered small areas  of edging maybe 3 times over 25 years.  It will last forever.

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:51

Papi jo,

I mean that on the odd occasion I want to alter a shape or reduce lawn edging I can and do.  My edging is a concrete mix and a chisel is enough to remove pieces and I replace.

don't get me wrong.....I pretty much waited until I was sure of my design and area and 95 % remains intact.  It is more of an odd tinkering...for "perfection"  ( ) .......and the edging is permanent and will never deteriorate or fail me.

my edging is 6" to 8" wide and plants associate well with it. 

No edging ...plastic, aluminium, wood or even bricks ....seems appropriate to me.  

Never regretted the concrete edging.

there will be a new border in the back garden this winter.....the edging will go in next winter when I have assessed shape and size 

maintenance too, by the way, is easy.  No grass roots encroaching, no sharp edges and an edge to stand on 

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:39

Yes Joyce.....and not until you see new growth 


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 14:43

Cosmos has generally much taller and mostly later flowering this year.  Here they have flowered for several weeks but folks, look on the bright side, they  continue for several weeks yet and prob for longer into autumn than usual 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:39

Ok,,GD, sending it up 

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:34

Not evergreen.

semi evergreen in milder spots

nice in a container 

Single plant in tub question

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:20

Push the soil in around the plant to both lift and push stems together.   you could opt instead for grit.  added benefit of creating it drier around the plant that both sedum and artemisia appreciate.  Simple and effective.  

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:15

It is impossible to "control".....!!! 

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