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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 11:23

hic!  burp! 

Herbaceous Border

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:15

Yes, but get some foliage comtrast in there too.  The odd evergreen even if small.  The odd evergreen grass.  And something for the winter.  

Feeding a new border before planting

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:11

Tracey, 

There will be many saying any fertiliser will do, that they are all the same chemically.  Organic fertilisers are slightly more costly but they contribute to the soil, are more gentle and produce sturdier plants.  Artificial usually produce lanky quick growth with little resistance to disease, pest etc.    Organic every time 

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:05

Yep folks.  These pics are great.  Gonna post something soon when I remember to 

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:04

Morning Ruby

I wouldn't dig up from your lawn.  I would use lawn weedkiller.  Bit too early right now but in early spring

(I recall seeing a couple of old timers on their hands and knees with buckets of such weeds.  They look plum tuckered!    I applied lawn weedkiller for them and they were astonished and delighted to realise there was a better easier way)

What is hapenning to my lawn in the winter

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 08:59

It does look chafer grubs and leatherjackets.  Most lawns are affected....destroyed sometimes....from autumn through to spring.

For the past 5 years or so my lawn has been fine because I used lawn grub killer.  This is now banned.  I will use nematodes this August.  

Its too late now for any such treatment to your lawn Duckie.  I certainly would not pay for any professional help.

I would spike the lawn....take your time.....when ground is not too wet.  During a dry spell rake/scarify your lawn.  This will make your lawn look awful, temporarily.

In late March or early April scatter lawn feed and then sow fresh grass seed...dwarf rye .......and lightly top dress if you can with compost .

Clearly your lawn is great in summer so I really don't think you have much of a drainage issue, etc........   simply leatherjackets and chafers so treat your lawn in August.

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 08:40

Hello forkers

Quiet, cloudy morning.  

Have good day everybody

 

Ornamental grass seed?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 23:49

Hiya LeadFarmer 

Its good to think things out first.....the pros and cons....whilst preparing the ground.  The better the preparation the better your lawn will be 

Summer Bulbs/Bare Roots Planting

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 23:46

Matt, don't overpot.  I use dry compost at first. Keeps them warm.

Fleecing will be iimportant

Echinaceas vary.......amazingly so...in their hardyness esp the newer varieties I grow. The old varieties are very hardy.

For me dahlias are getting big by April....at least in 2 litre pots.  By June they will be in 3 or 5 litre pots so early starting is useful.

Tracey, I would keep gladioli corms in warm dry place for a while yet before planting out.  Spring is early enough. 

Feeding a new border before planting

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 23:29

Tracey

No don't apply fertiliser before top soil is put down.  I would use organic fertiliser just prior to planting and again when planting.  

I would also incorporate compost or bagged dried manure too mixed into the top soil

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