Latest posts by Verdun

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:10

Mark, wait until September to sow grass seed...the ideal time  

if you dont mind bare soil you can prepare for it now though

trench in your grass .....scoop off top 1 or 2" and place upside down in shallow trench. remove large stones and roots as you see them.  If you can add a couple of inches of good top soil it would help.  Then the (relatively) hard bit.....raking and levelling.  Take your time over this.  Level by walking on your heels not with a roller.  Then rake.  Then tread again.  Very satisfying at this stage as you develop a fine tilth and firm level surface.  The more times you rake and tread the better.

come September lightly scatter fertiliser and rake it in.  Then sow your seed.  half one way and lighly rake it iin then half of the seed in the opposite direction and rake it in.  Keep moist until it germinates...usually a couple of weeks.....and until it is a couple of inches high, when you can mow 

Removing healthy blooms before going on holiday

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:56

Exactly what I would do Allyblueeyes . all buds and lanky growth too.  Water well and fed too and move into shady spot 

Nightmare grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:43

Katie, it is all very, very simple and easy.

a combined weed and feed will transform your grass area.  Summer is not ideal for over seeding but during a cool damp period scatter and rake in some seed in bare patches. Regular mowing, once or twice every week, will pay dividends too

a weedy lawn??    Not for me either.  Nothing like a weed free green sward.  The wildlife can enjoy the weeds elsewhere 

Help me save my Heucheras please!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:33

Duda, a touch of mildew too ...prob the recent hot westher.

could be vine weevils as Philippa suggested but heucheras benefit from regular lifting and dividing or even lifting and planting deeper.  

I would cut back every leaf and wash the roots ....any vine weevil or eggs will be washed away. Repot using john innes number 3 and water well.  In a couple of weeks new leaves will form and in a month or so your plant will look good again. 

Garden centre haul

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:56

Lou, quickly.  Send them to me asap to remove the evidence.  You know it makes sense 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:12

Back to hopefully do aome gardening later.  But we have rain...RAIN?   Not much and it is warm.  And sun is supposed to return.

will dig up and divide another couple of lupins again and pot up into 5 litre pots.  Agastache Tangerine and salvia Embers Wish ...already large in pots...will go in their places.   Lawns to cut and more blueberries and beans to pick and anything else I see to do.  

Dead heading Osteospermum (or not)

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:00

Osteos thrive everywhere down here madpenquin and I grow several of them 

is dead heading necessary?  It depends on vwriety and habit I think.  I grow wide clumps of a particularly large flowered white variety of eklonis.  It flowers non stop.....from early spring through to late autumn.  for appearance only I think,  I remove the  spent brown flowers which can spoil the white effect if not removed and I do this every couple of weeks or so by removing the entire stems.  

for smaller less vigorous varieties like Silver Sparkler, Voltage Yellow, etc., I try to deadhead more often as I think flowering would be affected if not done.

so, not just for prolonging flowering but also for appearance sake deadheading is beneficial 

Tatton Park

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 08:42

Have fun Ladybird

Get some tender salvias and agastaches 

Disposing of old bone meal

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 22:32

Ask the water companies 

Bl*#dy Tomatoes!

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 21:49

So you will still have your toms then Steve 

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