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Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 00:13

C.J.

I sense you are over zealous. Over anxious. 

Why the water meter?  

You need to use some logical self judgement I think.  It sounds like your lawn is over wet

Let your lawn be for a spell.  As I explained earlier, I too had ideas of a perfect lawn so I understand the fastidiousness involved. Almost the obsession of it 

Watering the scorched area again will now do nothing to green it.  Wait and see if grass responds.  If it dies there lightly rake it out, scratch the soil itself and re seed.  I would not reseed it right now though ...see how it is in a week's time.  

I really domt think the grass will scorch if watered during the day but why do it then?  Evening is best because there is less evaporation that's all.  

You can overfeed .....well, as you can with everything......grass and this simply makes it susceptible to disease.  

why are they yellow?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:54

I think they are simply  too wet.  Antirrhinums like it dry.  I would mum's a little soil toward the stem to encourage water run off.  And don't water, at all 

Carpenteria californica shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Yep, thanks Mike

Also just realised it likes moisture.  Always assumed it to be a Mediterranean type ...I.e. drought resistant .....plant but apparently not.  So, hard back pruning, a good feed and plenty of watering today.  

Yes, lizzie.  The flowers are truly beautiful and, until this year, were a summer treat.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:45

Again, I emjoyed the Chelsea  coverage.  thought Monty was very good, again.  Hope to see some of the new plants featured.  Usually end up with some of them....foxglove illumination pink (disappointingly not perennial) and anemome wild swan (a delight) and echinacea tiki torch (brilliant colour)

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:39

Keep strong Mike 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:31

Brilliant pics folks.  Wonderful plants.  Must go myself sometime 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:47

Spiking CJ?  Important.  Top dressing?

I have a good lawn.....looking brilliant right now I think.

Years back I wanted the perfect lawn.  Fine grass seed, twice or even more cutting a week, hands and knees weedIng out rogue grasses, regular monthly feeds, scarifying in the autumn, lawn grub killer in the autumn, spiking in the autumn, autumn feed, top dressing in early spring and,of course, regular weekly,or twice weekly watering.  A cylinder mower and grass mown in alternate directions.  Actually mown in 4 directions includIng diagonally.  A low cut too to encourage the fine grasses

However, it was bloomin hard work. 

I now raise the cut, use a cordless rotary mower, feed in spring with lidls lawn feed, apply lawn weed spot killer. ....dont get many weeds.....water weekly and mow in different directions.  I also apply a couple of liquid summer feeds.  This autumn I will apply nemarodes for leather jackets and chafers.  

The lawn is now easy.  I have a lawn at the back too that is treated similarly but not so fastidiously.  They are lawns to play on, to sit on, for the dog to lie on (he doesnt foul it at all) and a lawn to set off my plantIng.

I would never apply lawn feed in the sunshine....in the evening if I can......and never rely on rain to fall.  I immediately water it in.  I would not use feed n weed on dry soil either.  

Not sure about the PH levels for grass.  Always assumed not too acid or too alkaline ...mine is neutral.......would be fine. 

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Is this a kind of Euphorbia ?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:30

Agree with everybody.  It should not be in a school garden.  

The danger is not getting it on your hands.....it doesnt affect me either.....but if it then gets into your EYES.  Far from pleasant.

......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:26

Oh, you are a tease Fairy. I would have thought you so gullible.......er, I mean so very, very kind if you had sent me your, er my, order 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:24

Following a wet morning the afternoon and evening is wonderful.  Warm sunshine now.  

Wonder how the Chelsea and Bressingham visits went..    They will now be so boastful 

No response to my Carpenteria thread so I'm going to espalier my cut back shrub.  

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