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What is it?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:32

Chafer grubs kathie 

not good in lawns or elsewhere but nothing to "treasure". 

However, i would leave them be  

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:27

Nice one Obelixx    Hope nobody else is so offended     Thought my  would have given a clue as to context.   

(Bit of a clue......people who say they have never seen Eastenders but then mention all the characters and storylines?) 

Last edited: 04 September 2016 13:28:43

Converting lawn to garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:16


using a spade cut turves of grass...maybe 30 cm square and about 5 to 10 cm thick, not critical how thick,  ..,and put to one side initially.  Dig a trench and start putting those turves in the bottom with grass facing down.  Carry on removing turves and trenching until the ground is done.  All tbe grass is out of sight and the ground clear.  

I do this regularly to produce a very good growing medium 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:09

Pleasant morning....deadheaded dahlias, trimmed lawn edges and weeded.   bright but a bit overcast and I can see and feel the sun now. Should be good pm 

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:04

Yes, people who are not well known.....why don't they invite ordinary Joe /josephine Bloggs instead?  ........bigging up their own ego's 

greasy, shoe polished skins added to the mix.

ok!  never really seen it properly and many rave over it but apparently a nasty, bad tempered judge and another who likes to jump all over the table and wave his arms in every direction then assess the showponies 

what's wrong with a repeat of the news instead?  

Converting lawn to garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:51

Bizt,  sorry, but what an awful mess that will be!   An eyesore and has to be left for several months. 

The very best way is to turn your grass in...trench it in upside down about 30 cm or so deep. Add manure, compost mix it into the top few cm's.  Then level and firm it by walking on it and raking.  Nothing chucked away and no bloomin' sheets of csrpet, plastic or membrane.  Yippee 

when done you will look at clean,,healthy top soil ready for planting not a plastic sheet to look like a builders' yard.  It is an enjoyable and therapeutic process too 

I would wait before planting anything permanent for a few can plant shrubs February or March onwards.  However,,I would visit the local GC and buy some bare root wallflowers and plant them out to give colour and scent from late winter.   They will be available in next week or two 

Last edited: 04 September 2016 12:53:22

Problem with Phlox

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:39

Meomye, you can use dried manure mixed with compost or mixed with bark chippings.  Can you get hold of mushroom compost? and excellent too.  Well rotted garden compost.  Pelleted chicken manure can be mixed in too.  


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:28

Simon, better to buy one garden ready plant you can see in flower than lots of plugs that take 3 or 4 years to grow and flower.

from the start add only quality can fill the spaces with annuals and biennials in the meantime

when I look back at the "bargain" collections or the cheapo plant bought I realise most of them were bloomin' awful.  

Enjoy one plant THIS spring in all its glory than storing tiddlers for a few years 

Problem with Phlox

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 09:43


water is the solution.  I would make sure your phlox is well watered and does not dry out next season.  I would water well, feed well and mulch well in spring.  I would make a sort of moat around the base with mulch and regularly keep it watered. 

No, phlox mildew does not affect anything else, as far as I know, but dry conditions will cause mildew on  similarly prone plants like scabious.  Same solution,,viz., to keep watered.

agree with Hazsl about air flow.......most plants will need space to grow well 

Dogwood Dilemma

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:38


usually you would cut dogwoods down in the spring thus enjoying the red stems over winter,.  

However, I would go out there now and cut every stem to within a few buds of the ground.  It will be fine anf job done.  In early spring give it a feed of fush blood and bone or dried manure.  Thereafter prune every spring 

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