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Thank you

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:33

  thank you for your thank you Sizeyuk 

Laying turf - conflicting advice!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:31

Ooooo Fairy.  Just about what I was going to say incl reasons.  

Of course I have to offer something else....

However SandT, I would sow seed rather than lay turf.  Turf may have an immediate impact but its own problems thereafter.......watering very thoroughly for one and shrinkage for another.

preparation is much the same for both turf and seed but seed has advantages.....much, much cheaper, establishes much more quickly and sowing seed is such an enjoyable process.  

Did you comsider seed SandT?

whatever you decide I am delighted you are laying a many are discarding them or paving over them to create dead, boring hardscapes.  A lawn is such a joy to the senses 

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:47

Lovely pics again Fairy.........immense and stunning

We do have such tranquil scenes too but right now the whole world and his brother seem to have descended on Cornwall .  Should all settle down in a week though ....hopefully !  


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:40

Philippa,,easy and discreet to do. already said, click on a poster's name and select ignore.  It doesn't matter what anyone else says and you don't have to give any explanation, if you feel you want to "ignore" someone then do it.   This question has been asked a few times so clearly there is a desire for this option

you will se that the ignored member has posted but you will not read what they have written.  It is a reliable function 

Hardy fuchsia

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 18:52

B3,,is it in a pot or outside in the soil? 

too late to prune now for a denser bush but spring is fine.  The hardy magellanica varieties will benefit from a blood and bone....and a thick mulch in early spring too to pump up the vigour. 

When to scarify...

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:55

Hiya Des

spiking is aeration,yes.  Agree it is tiring  even on my light soil. You can get spikes to strap to your shoes and you simply walk over your lawn...???   Not quite the same as scarifying....the removal of thatch etc to allow light and air to penetrate the lawn's surface.  Spiking goes deeper. 

I am not totally convinced of the need to spike.....stopped it a couple of years back....but on heavy clay soil it can be beneficial.

get your aerator does make a big difference.     

Greenhouse tomatoes and eucalyptus tree

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:46

Andy, I think your eucalyptus will become a big problem at some stage so worthwhile tackling it now so a good decision to cut if down.  

although eucalyptus is often I grow them....and quixkly regrows I find the roots do not start shooting up eveeywhere.  The SBK is just a precaution to kill the stump  

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:23

Wet PP? wet?  Not here . Not the sunshine hoped for yet but dry and pleasant enough 


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:17

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 14:14


I'm going to mention "conifer" but don't hold your head 

Taxus Standishii is an easy, upright and very tolerant evergreen tree.  It is also delightfully attractive with its yellow summer foliage turning to olive in winter.  There is also a dark, on the fwce of it,  sombre looking variety that thrives in dark shade but this is a good foil to other plants as well as a good screening plant.

phormiums?  These are evergreen grass like plants with superb colouring in their leaves.....from red to yellow.

Check out lonicera Baggesons Gold........yellow new growth on olive foliage and can be trimmed to any shape,,is evergreen and relatively fast growing.

cordylines too ....plain green to red and yellow variegated.

in fhe west of Ireland you have a similar climate to my own i think....mild at least?  

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