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Posted: 05/10/2016 at 22:27

5 mature squashed in plants is overkill.  having roots constrained is one thing, squashing them is another.

individual plants in their own containers, not overpotted, is the way to go for me 

Dan, would you plant 5 mature figs in one pot? .???  Yes, restrain roots to produce fruit and reduce growth but you wouldn't plant 5 of them together to achieve this 

Chimney planter advice please

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:50

No depth though for planters B3.....that's the problem 

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:18

Not a rose rosemummy.   Why not plant something classy and attractive instead?  ha ha 

ok, well cut grass more will see a difference 

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 19:51


well, grubs ARE still there...leatherjackets and or chafer grubs.

nematodes will not work if you did not water them in well and keep the soil moist for at least a couple of weeks.  

Nothing much you can do now.  Accept the situation for the winter but use nematodes for both chafers and leatherjackets in spring and re seed.  You will need to re apply at summer's end.  I am confident birds will not attack your lawn next autumn 


Posted: 05/10/2016 at 16:47

Best to hang up immedistely.  

I sang a silly song to them. Thought it was soooo funny but they rang back to hear more.  Maybe a dozen times, prob more. Clearly there were a few people there making these calls.   Talk Talk blocked them but give these guys nothing. 


Posted: 05/10/2016 at 16:39

Wrap up in fleece or put in gh during coldest nights/days ...wrap pot too.

pot indvidually in spring 

any reason for squashing in 5 mature plants?

New GW...??

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 12:07

You're just trying to get extra publicity LG ..... impressive though 

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 12:04

Could well be nodislab but by digging it up rosemummy will know.  It isn't necessarily the end of the plant though if  the roots are still reasonably intact.  Cutting it back and repotting it then would be fine.

it is impossible for any of us to say exactly what the exact cause is ..we can only guess!  

Last edited: 05 October 2016 12:05:12

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 10:40

Hiya again rosemummy

yes, cover the new underground shoots but not too much.  Sun, as much as possible, for peonies too so the sunniest spot you have and do not mulch too near the base. 

Fuchsias?  They are all different.  Some go on longer imto autumn and some give up in late summer.  Just why one of yours is all shrivelled up could be down to watering,,variety, pest, disease or it's desire to close down for the winter.  I would pot it up and cut it back and water it.  Put it in the gh later when it gets colder

the lawn?  Well, I love my grass and would not be without it but yours, if it is constantly waterlogged, may be a candidate for removal.  However, you said you addressed the it wasn't boggy when you got back then?

the seed?  Where you are perhaps the rain washed the seed away?  10 days though is still optimistic for germination in October. Give it another couple of weeks to see.

artificial grass is widely used now.....possibility? However, it will be better to wait until spring now and reseed then.  

do you mow regularly or only cut when grass gets long?  regular mowing will help grass grow more thickly and will keep it nice and green.  My nephew is a "cut only when he has to" guy and his grass was very patchy. I persuaded him to cut at least once a week and his grass has never been better.  A simple solution ! 

How soon to wait after applying lawn weed and feed before sowing seed

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 10:16


No the all in one would not help newly sown seed. it will damage any currently emerging grass.  

seed will germinate more slowly now so resist the urge to reseed the reseeded areas.

i have seed germinating now from a sowing 2 weeks ago...usually it would be 10 days sometimes less.  

You can ruin a lawn by over fussing/over dosing it...winter will have an effect on it too.

my advice would be to leave it be now except for mowing.  Seed may still germinate because the treatment will damage young grass and not the seed.  Let's see.  Be optimistic 

come the spring you will see where the lawn is wanting and you can address it then but remember don't overdo anything...seed sowing, feeding or weed control.  

For weeds in lawns I simply use a spray spot weed killer for the odd weed I see 

Last edited: 05 October 2016 10:18:21

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