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Leggy Privet

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:59

Annicola, privet is tough.  March is good time to cut as hard as you like.  Let the weather guide you.....i.e. When conditions suit you because the exact timing is not crucial.

by cutting it back hard though means you will lose flowers for this year.  

Disappearing lawn!

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:54

Chris, those leatherjackets wont be a problem now until next autumn.

ideal now to rotovate....if ground is not wet.  Spend the time over winter to level and firm the ground. The very best way to firm ground is with your heels.  Do you know the duck walk method Chris?   Raking and firming several times to get your ground as level as possible will pay dividends later.  A scattering of granular fertiliser a week or so before seed sowing in spring and you will have a nice summer lawn 


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 08:47

hello forkers 

dry and very mild.  Not even a breeze right now. grasses absolutely still. 

Minus 5 Fairy?  Amazing the difference in conditions across a pretty small country.  

anyone know how Tracey is?  last I heard she was fighting another round with cancer. Hope she is well 

Pruning summer flowering Jasmine

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 19:35

Ironic isn't it? Aaron Gardens must think any publicity is good publicity.   However, a bunch of us will buy greenhouse glass but NEVER from these guys. If they had paid to advertise here a purchase or two would have happened 

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 19:20

Been cutting every week.  If dry tomorrow will cut it again

Buxus or Taxus?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 18:03

Rainbowfish, superb. 


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 18:01

Hope it's good news for Edd 

Disappearing lawn!

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 15:56

It is a common,,very common, problem Chris.  Birds pecking is often a clincher.

for chafers snd leatherjackets you can cover an area with black plastic...watering beforehand is recommended....and leave overnjght.  Check next morning.  It's not something I have done but it is supposed to work. 

Crane flies are ....obviously...part of the equation Chris.

I,think I recall reading that crane flies like to lay eggs in preferred area of the lawn year on year....maybe your lawn is a preferrred site.  Here the damage occurred more densely on one side of the lawn.

why not try nematodes next August/September Chris.......not sure spring is ideal time for leatherjackets Dave.  Think they prob have gone by then 

Disappearing lawn!

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 15:06

My view is that leatherjackets may be the cause. I have given the same answer to a few similar lawn issues recently.....well, this is when the damage is seen.

if you are seeing holes I wonder if these are the result of birds pecking there....after those delicious leatherjackets 

Please Help to Identify Plant

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 15:02

Alan, for me they flower very early......late April so go over in mid to late summer.  (Cornwall)  Yes, they repeat flower in autumn ....still a few flowers last week....but leave a gap when all else is bountiful. I moved my, one and only now, alstromeria further back to allow an helenium to cover this so I get best of both worlds now.  They also spread once established to ultimately create an even bigger bare spot in summer.    In the middle of a border controlling this spread can be difficult. 

Anything that flowers for such a long time...and most alstromerias do.....will require a spell of dormancy to recover well for future flowering.  

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