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slugs in the lawn

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 12:11

Yes, they will crawl over the moist grass but the leatheejackets you don't see that are causing the damage 


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 12:08

Snails for me.  Lots of little ones around now.  Earwigs too......use the upturned flower pot on a cane to trap them.  Woodlice?  Even the professionals argue about this but I think they DO eat tender shoots and soft flowers.   

Agree with Zenjeff GD, go out with a torch and look carefully.......the snails can be quite small right now.

Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 12:02

"Perfection an illusion" Frank????    when I shave in the morning I see perfection.    Sometimes when seen admiring myself my niece agrees because she says "you're precious you are". Point proven.

despite that....and I am still shocked .....good practical advice Frank 

Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 00:05


you are pushing it 

all too much too soon in your determination to get a perfect lawn in 5 minutes

i would let it be now for the will take a bit of a battering so wait now for spring.  You have put patch magic down....fine.  Put the rest down in April.  And your feed.

it looks like you have  cut grass very short or is it just my picture?  Raise the mower cut.  A healthy lawn should be cut regularly and with blades not too low

Hosta flowering now?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 22:35

Yes!  Quite normal. I have half a dozen hostas in flower......divided plants flower later, some varieties are later.  


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 19:51

They are just dying down for the autumn JAC51 but that's it for this season.  There wont be new growth now.  Cut off the old leaves and stems but lewve the healthy new growth.   No, don't dig them up.  Hard to tell the variety you have the label?

you could have helped yourself a little though....if you had cut off the flowered stems as they occurred you would have prolonged the flowering.  Remember for next year to do that.  


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 18:07

Sunny here now and I am very happy too aym .  don't want summer to stop 


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:53

I would save them for spring aym 

slugs in the lawn

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:49

Jackie, sounds like leatherjackets...certainly not slugs....damaging your lawn.  Get nematodes and apply asap for good control.  From August this is crane fly egg laying time and their grubs are eating the roots.  Nematodes will deal with them 

Fruit Bushes

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:44

Blueberries....I remove spindly, weak "bits" in late winter.  These will never carry fruit.  I also take out the odd old wood.  Easy

raspberries...summer varieties need fruited stems removed and young stems kept intact for next year.  autumn raspberries cut to the ground as soon as fruiting is over.

gooseberries......prune over winter to remove old wood and keep centre open for good air circulation and easy picking.  In summer prune side shoots to produce spurs ..these produce fhe best fruit

 blackcurrants?  remove fruited stems  all the way to new shoots low down.  I aim to take out one or two very old branches right to the ground.  All this done asap after flowering.  A generous feed too then to produce plenty of new growth.

rosslloyd, nothing complicated or anything to be nervous about 

no need to google is all very simple 

good eating 

Last edited: 15 September 2016 17:46:21

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