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couch grass

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 10:52

Bljejan. I,would use your,electric lawn rake in the autumn to give thorough raking and aeration.  For now I would simply lightly rake the couch just to lift it prior to mowing.  

What shall I plant?

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 10:49

Mrs Garden

I love the salix flamingo. ,got couple of them and think they are under used plants.  A similar colouring is on my Acer flamingo.....albeit a much bigger plant in every way.  Mine is now,about 5' tall but will easily add another 4' before August and it's such an eye catcher.

Phormiums are great if they are divided every 3 or 4 years but they would look good CBuzz in your border....I like Sundowner and jester for red leaves, tricolour for green, white leaves and yellow wave as best yellow.  And....when they flower they are majestic


Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:54

But ads are now everywhere aren't they?  We can ignore them.  Ironically, I feel they probably are counter productive because they irritate so much I,would not buy any of those products

new user - cannot sign in - please help - thanks

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:51

GardenIn Angel

Jusf persevere with us......we're worth

How to start a new thread

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:49

Hiya tallulah

It can get bit confusing at times I guess but, yes, you have started a new thread ok.

Simply go to "post new thread" .  Have nice day

What shall I plant?

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:37


Did ??ou want to plant up the smaller strip of grass too?  Do you want shrubs?  Scent? Have you soil tested the area see if you have acid or alkaline soil?  

I think I would start off with a choisya there though.....evergreen, rounded, bay scented leaves and white flowers in spring and early summer providing a fantastic's common name is Mexican orange blossom.  Take a look at aster frikartii monch has blue flowers from mid  summer to autumn and is a hardy eye catching perennial to about 3'.   Plant a fuschia called Genii next to it....ithas lovely yellow leaves all summer with red flowers all summer.  Add penstemons....these  are evergreen perennials with flowers from white to pink to red to purple and very easy to grow






couch grass

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:28

Regular mowing too helps weaken couch grass.  Raking as dove said is important....just a simple quick raking before mowing lifts the couch to be mown out

I resort to digging out the odd clump in the autumn and reseeding

Annoying threads

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:19

Hello Ryan

These are spam......we've had a lot lately. ,some stupid guys selling kitchens and trying to spoil the forum. We just skip through them.  

Haven't heard from you for a while.  Hope you are enjoying your gardenjng


Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:16

Morning forkers

Mrs Garden.....that sounds perfect.

Cloudy but bright and sun in patches


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:58

Actually i don't really have much shade in my garden really.  I have created partial shade for Astrantias, hellebores, etc and I have them where the soil is deep, rich and moist.  All my plants receive plenty of sunshine too so Woody I would guess that although you grow astrantias in full sun they prob are in good soil too.  It's the moisture they need.

Lindsay, I just think hellebores and astrantias are such good bedfellows along with astilbes, acteas, aconitums, dicentras and the like


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