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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.  

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:52

Bob, sunpeach is a new one to me....will check it out 

yes Sungold will grow in a tub Jo.....I have grown them and others in .5 litre pots 

Buxus or Taxus?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:49

Flo, I like yew very much.  As long as not in a waterlogged position it will grow well.

I grow a few taxus varieties....tall narrow to mound forming.

my concern though is that 40 cm is very short....taxus will do but what a waste of a plant.  And width? the mounding yews will want a reasonable width.  

have you considered eunymous microphyllus?  Easy, evergreen tiny leaves....a yellow variegated variety and a white one?  Lavendar?   Santolina?  

Why do you want to "frame" your border?  why not just plant a variety of interesting edging plants?  Sometimes a hedge this small can look too comtrived....???

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:36

Interesting lysimachia Marion.  I guess it spreads a bit? Got one or two hellebores out too 

winter?  What winter? 

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:33 it!......I tried sungold....too sweet....and sweet million but the best and most reliable for me is Gardeners Delight.  Sharp when orange and sweet when red.  They seem pretty resistant too to many diseases.  

Please Help to Identify Plant

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 12:45

The only issue I have with alstromerias is that they go dormant in mid summer creating a bare patch.  The solution is to plant behind other late flowering perennials 

Talkback: Geranium 'Bill Wallis'

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 12:10

Very enjoyable and imformative thread. I know Rosewarne very well Ian. 

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