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What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 12:43

Bristol can you reduce the size of that stump or have it grinded?   it will prob bother you more and more if you leave it. 

I cut down a couple of very large shrubs a few years back and planted around the stumps.  they spoiled the border.  Last year I chopped,,hacked and finally removed them.  Happy I did and job done 

I'm not a fan of rotting wood stumps or piles.  Often it's an excuse not to remove them

if you can make your borders wider you can create something better there.



Posted: 03/09/2015 at 12:35

Not now Eric 

i would pot on now and remove to the greenhouse later.

gaillardias have grown on me this year......always regarded them as a bit gaudy but mine have flowered all summer long and no sign of them stopping 

Should I encourage house mice into my garden?

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 07:51

Just caught up with this thread

whether we see them or not the mice are there...prob in larger numbers than you think.  As well as their cousins including rats.

no....I would not encourage mice.  You are likely to be overun.  mice but not rats?  How do you do that?

a friend of mine puts all sorts of food out for birds and her mice and rat population increased considerably. she had them getting into her garage and making homes there.  Droppings were the big give away plus the gnawing away of the bottom of a door.  

Wildlife survives pretty well without our constant interfering....if they visit ...and they will...then enjoy them.  

the problems for neighbours when people go overboard feeding birds, allowing their gardens to go wild, etc., etc., are well publicised 

What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 07:37

hosta, not about my agenda this time...   Just imagine the uokeep and the thorny issues surrounding that small lawn if roses were planted there.  and winter time?  What would it look like?  


Posted: 03/09/2015 at 07:28

Morning folks 

early morning walk to the beach .......bit overcast but feeling warm.  Peaceful, calm and even the rabbits were relaxed! 

Hope all those dealing with injury and other issues cope well 

What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 23:30


Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 22:03

Hiya Lucid

rake as many stones out as possible to a depth of 15 cm or so.  Be thorough with the raking. apply fertilizer and rake that in.  I would use your compost for your flower beds

A good dwarf rye grass seed should provide a nice lawn there.



New ornamental Lawn

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:55

My only input would be to stress the importance of preparation.

Repeatedly levelling and raking ...I find this the most enjoyable part.

whether you choose turf or seed remember fine grass lawn is hard work.  Regular mowing at least twice a week.  Top dressing annually. Scarifying,,spiking and raking and regular feeding. However, 20 sq m isnt too big

and go for as good a mower as possible......a cylinder mower with blades set fairly low

I have a lawn of about 140 sq m and initially intended a fine lawn.  It took a lot of time...too much time.  My front lawn is now a mixture of fine grass and dwarf rye.  I have a lush, rich green thick lawn which is less work than for a fine lawn. 


What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:16

Clay?  Not good for lavendars then?  

You need to do a ph test will determine which plants you can grow.

Not a lot of width generally so at least avoid pushing in lots of plants.


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:03

Got over your boredom Jo?

went for Munstead...does well down here.  Quite a range of lavendars at the nursery including a nice white but a lavendar hedge should be blue flowered. Might get a trio of them tomorrow when I claim watsonias

That's quite some job Hosta but well worthwhile.  In my haste not labelling correctly is frustrating when cuttings have grown the following year.  hence my recent purchase of plant labels

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