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Fairy Ring

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 22:04

A bit of lateral thimking........feed the lawn well. it will do 2 things. One it will green up the grass this disguising the fairy ring. second it will strengthen the grass.

spiking and raking in autumn may help


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:59

Ah!  But I can type jekylandhide..... used to type quicker than the girls. 

Same disease Fishy...same family. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:53

Why, thank you indeed Susan.  Worth posting then 

all this talk of cream teas has decided me to partake hugely very soon 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:50

victoria. still think main pot is of astrantias.  Don't judge leaf whites have paler leaves.  The dark reds have darker leaves.

anyway, grow them on and we will soon know. you may have a new colour there.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:39

Looks like astrantias to me Victoria.

Mass Leaf Drop on Standard Photinia

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:35

I think it simoly doesnt like being in a pot. it meeds to be in the ground tracey...not vine weevils.

it is never a solution to feed plants thaf are ailing essentially because of a lack of wateer.....that's the cause of your problems. that rootball is not holding enough moisture.  Bonemeal will simply burn those roots right now.  

before planting put the rootball in a bucket of water for a couple of hours. tease out any roots growing around the rootball and gently apread them out. dig a generous planting hole and mix dried manure and compost with a little organic granular fertiliser with the soil.  backfill and make a mound surrounding the plant and fill with water. let it drain and repeat. do this 3 or 4 times.  

Later remove the mounded soil around the rootball and mulch with compost

dont prune anything yet except for any dead twigs 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:21

Or simply buy an insecticide spray.

often aphids are at the very top shoots. pinching them off to shoots below removes them. flowers will quickly form to replace those removed. 

Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:16

It's the peat though Fairy. if just cement it wouldnt look right. it just looks like,,well,,cement  

went through a craze at the time making stone troughs. sold a few too when I sold plants here.  I remember making one for someone once ....she offered me £100....I think... but I did it for free. Then her friends wanted them but I ran out of enamel sinks. could have made a small fortune....

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:05

Its calamagrostis Lyn.  delightfully tactile too and the colour is hazy purple.  Lovely when it sways 

new grass badly prepared

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:01

Kat, don't cry for a start 

how big is your lawn area?

you could simply continue raking those stones out helping to level it at the same time. if not too large an area you could spread some decent topsoil or compost on the surface and comtinue to rake it and mix it into turf.  A light fertilizer too.  Then scatter seed to areas that need it

Regular mowing and feeding will win the day Kat.  Get your turf growing well and dont cut too close and you will build up a nice soft sward to sit on and walk on 

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