Latest posts by Verdun

zebra grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 21:13

ricky, dig it up, break it up.  burn it.  Cut up the stems into smaller pieces and use in compost bin.    How big is it?  Can you divide the clumps and take to the dump?  

Could you advertise it for someone to take pieces away?  Family or friends want some? 

I divide zebrinus every 3 years to keep it manageable........last time I dug up a huge specimen I gave clumps away.  

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:14

Dave, I acknowledge that but turning in the top regardless will bury weeds and make for a clean clear space to work with but I think we agree basically about top soil 

What's this colourful leaf plant?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:12

Wakeshine, plant it outside asap or into a large pot.  water it well and feed it.  It will grow fast....and flower too.  

What is wrong with my plants?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 20:09

Beat me to it Dave.  Totally agree with you.

those plants have run out of steam, and water, and food and space 

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:39

Mark, simply turn it over and place the turves in trench..grass side down.  no need to kill it off.  It will rot down nicely.     Nice and tidy too 

New lawn

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 18:10

Mark, wait until September to sow grass seed...the ideal time  

if you dont mind bare soil you can prepare for it now though

trench in your grass .....scoop off top 1 or 2" and place upside down in shallow trench. remove large stones and roots as you see them.  If you can add a couple of inches of good top soil it would help.  Then the (relatively) hard bit.....raking and levelling.  Take your time over this.  Level by walking on your heels not with a roller.  Then rake.  Then tread again.  Very satisfying at this stage as you develop a fine tilth and firm level surface.  The more times you rake and tread the better.

come September lightly scatter fertiliser and rake it in.  Then sow your seed.  half one way and lighly rake it iin then half of the seed in the opposite direction and rake it in.  Keep moist until it germinates...usually a couple of weeks.....and until it is a couple of inches high, when you can mow 

Removing healthy blooms before going on holiday

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:56

Exactly what I would do Allyblueeyes . all buds and lanky growth too.  Water well and fed too and move into shady spot 

Nightmare grass

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:43

Katie, it is all very, very simple and easy.

a combined weed and feed will transform your grass area.  Summer is not ideal for over seeding but during a cool damp period scatter and rake in some seed in bare patches. Regular mowing, once or twice every week, will pay dividends too

a weedy lawn??    Not for me either.  Nothing like a weed free green sward.  The wildlife can enjoy the weeds elsewhere 

Help me save my Heucheras please!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:33

Duda, a touch of mildew too ...prob the recent hot westher.

could be vine weevils as Philippa suggested but heucheras benefit from regular lifting and dividing or even lifting and planting deeper.  

I would cut back every leaf and wash the roots ....any vine weevil or eggs will be washed away. Repot using john innes number 3 and water well.  In a couple of weeks new leaves will form and in a month or so your plant will look good again. 

Garden centre haul

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:56

Lou, quickly.  Send them to me asap to remove the evidence.  You know it makes sense 

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