Latest posts by Verdun

Grass problem

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:43

Fridgeman, I would lightly rake the surface when ground is drier and aim to re seed bare patches in mid March.   also to apply a granular feed at same time.

some may recommend you spike your lawn now but I prefer not to do that at this time of year.

if your lawn tends to get will see for yourself how it averages out by mid summer.....I would incorporate spiking as an annual regime for September time.

with re seeding, feeding and better growing conditions soon your lawn will recover 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:27

Mushroom compost is ideal for most hellebores incl  Niger.  A generous addition of,this to your clay will help break it down and provide the alkilinity it needs.  Can you provide some taller planting to help protect from hottest sun and strongest winds? 


Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:17

Definitely plant them out flowers in the rain.  They are yellowing because they are prob a little rootbound and dry.  Cut off spent flowers....watering will help those buds to open.

lightly loosen the roots if they are tight and water in really well.  Sun or shade makes no difference unless the site is in a hot spot in summer.  Mix dried manure or mushroom compost into the planting mix

finally a mulch of grit or chippings is good for H. Niger.  rain splashing mud onto the blooms spoils them...chippings avoids this.

It's my birthday

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 13:15

Nice to see you Runny 


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 07:54

Morning folks

Got a couple of pm's that I cannot open this morning so cannot respond until issues fixed . Anyone else with this issue?

Sasa bamboo

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 07:47

Take it back Steve 

Stuck for a plant idea

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 20:13

A geranium called Bobs Blunder.  

Dogwood hedge advice

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 20:08

Neither is critical but will be fine 

Sasa bamboo

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 20:06

Hiya Steve, 

unless you have a very large garden I would not plant it. 

this is a vigorous spreader and I don't think a barrier will permanently keep it in check


Perfect weather

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 16:40 got it cold and windy...Oh dear!   Wish I could send sunshine your way but then I wouldn't have it 

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