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Lawn care

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:41

As I said before, there is no mystery about lawn products.

the ingredients to feed the grass, kill weeds and moss are standard ones so look for the cheapest......and boy do the prices vary. 

my lawn feed over recent years was from Lidl at a fraction of the price of the well known .......but no different...brands.  i also buy it from pound shops.....same product.  As a matter of information the discount shops sell a whole range of garden products at very reduced prices.....pelleted chcken manure for example at less than half the cost;   a month back it cost me a couple of pounds including a free box. 

an awful waste of money paying professional companies to do what is pretty simple and straightforward.  

If you are unable physically to do the work yourself I am sure friends, neighbours or even local gardeners would fill in for you.  Basically, twice a year for a pretty good lawn 

Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:27

Kitty, sulphur chips is the way to go.  

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:10

Snowy, does it drain well there?  

You need to be careful of creating a row of evergreens....a hedge really....that are similar in shape and even colour

 clearly you like your fuschia so that must go in...not an evergreen of course.  You also want hydrangea......if the soil is reasonably moist that will be fine.  If not it will struggle and look awful.

Your miniature conifer would look good in a container but will be swamped in your new border.  In a rock garden or scree it is fine but awful amongst perennials.

 Have you done a PH soil test?  cheap and available in GC's and will tell you if you have an acid or alkaline soil.  Very,  very important.   

A camellia would look good there if your soil is not too allaline.  Flowers from late winter to spring.

if soil drains well consider lavender.  No garden should be without a lavendar or two....visually stunning and wonderful smell.   Scent from something though....daphne, sarcoccoca ( a small evergreen that packs a mighty punch in early spring) or witch hazel..??

Not too happy about googling everything....better to see what grows well locally.  You can google when you want more info on something you know you like.  Have a friend who googles everything and has to have them all despite not really knowing what they are. 

The reason for annuals now is to fill the gaps whilst permanent stuff is small.  Yes, you can prune shrubs but you need to be aware of the sizes they want to be.  Most look awful when constantly cut back to fill spaces.  You can get dwarf varieties of shrubs and perennials now almost identical to the bug guys but just smaller for modern gardens

 take your time.  See how plants might look together colour wise, shape and size 


Posted: 21/09/2016 at 08:16

Impressive  Chris 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 07:41

Peachy bottoms indeed!

this is a family show 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 22:11

Newboy, 3 payments will pay for a strimmer?    £120 a year for strimming? 

Pity you couldnt try a cordless Polly.  I would never go back to the noise,,smell and inconvenience of petrol 

Insomnia cure

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 22:04

Putting insomnia to the sward 

Flower bed

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 21:40

Snowy, not a large area so you wont want too many shrubs.  One shrub as a centrepiece...doesnt mean it has to be in the centre though.  Or two shrubs but nothing too big.

Small evergreens like euonymous, hebes, dwarf pittosporums etc perhaps.  A lovely little slow growing evergreen shrub is abelia Confettii;  a true beauty.

evergreen perennials like heucheras will give colourful foliage and flowers.  Winter heathers?  Yellow, green and dark foliage with winter flowers and neat.  Libertias are small evergreen uniquely coloured grass like perennials you might like 

the "miniature" conifer?  some  25 years ago I planted 3  dwarf conifers in a trough for my young month I will be removing one of them that I had moved into the garden.  It is 15 ' tall and wide and will be a challenge to get it out.  "Miniature/dwarf" conifers do not stay like that.  

I would not keep that laurel cutting there.  It will be better grown in a pot for a while

Can you post a picture?  Is it sunny?  Well drained?

You can have a "neat" said you don't want plants growing into one another......with mounds, spikes, oolourful foliage and all year round interest.  A gravel or bark mulch to decorate it..? 


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:53

Hmmmmm!  Not a brilliant idea and not what I would do.    If the neighbours are arrogant enough to demand Philippa's shrubs are removed they will prob not hesitate to take down a fence ! 

Best solution is to say "no"  and ignore them thereafter 

Overwintering Salvia

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 17:20

This is the annual red salvia billy

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