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Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:51

Papi jo,

I mean that on the odd occasion I want to alter a shape or reduce lawn edging I can and do.  My edging is a concrete mix and a chisel is enough to remove pieces and I replace.

don't get me wrong.....I pretty much waited until I was sure of my design and area and 95 % remains intact.  It is more of an odd tinkering...for "perfection"  ( ) .......and the edging is permanent and will never deteriorate or fail me.

my edging is 6" to 8" wide and plants associate well with it. 

No edging ...plastic, aluminium, wood or even bricks ....seems appropriate to me.  

Never regretted the concrete edging.

there will be a new border in the back garden this winter.....the edging will go in next winter when I have assessed shape and size 

maintenance too, by the way, is easy.  No grass roots encroaching, no sharp edges and an edge to stand on 

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:39

Yes Joyce.....and not until you see new growth 


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 14:43

Cosmos has generally much taller and mostly later flowering this year.  Here they have flowered for several weeks but folks, look on the bright side, they  continue for several weeks yet and prob for longer into autumn than usual 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:39

Ok,,GD, sending it up 

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:34

Not evergreen.

semi evergreen in milder spots

nice in a container 

Single plant in tub question

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:20

Push the soil in around the plant to both lift and push stems together.   you could opt instead for grit.  added benefit of creating it drier around the plant that both sedum and artemisia appreciate.  Simple and effective.  

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:15

It is impossible to "control".....!!! 

Pears, picking

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:13

Pears should be picked when they are hard and brought indoors for a couple of days. left for too long and the birds,,then the wasps, will have them.

got large crop despite not being thinned this year. (

yes, thin the clusters......according to how large you want your fruit to be from one per cluster to 2, even 3, if spacing permits.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:03

Luverly    Getting hot 

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:01


I have this in a pot, in the pool (again a pot) and there it stays.  Even in a pot I check the roots aren't getting into the soil

even if you havent noticed yet, it will take over your garden.  Seen it happen and seeing it happen now.  The roots go deep;  like bindweed every piece of root will grow.  I have known this plant for 20 years plus..  it is a lovely foliage plant esp when grown in the sun but, like the rose, its beauty belies its nasty side.  It grows well here in dry soil;grows well in water.  

Perhaps someone will say its because it is mild here that this thug is so aggressive.  

It should only be in a container....never in the ground.  '

Last edited: 10 September 2016 13:02:22

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