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I'd go with ragwort too.
Oh, and celendine.
Isn't that red campion. Grown by some as a valued wild flower. Grown by me as a blasted weed!
The friend must also resist the temptation to prune the tree. Magnolias don't like it!
Newboy, they only sell asparagus from foreign lands because people buy them. Like runner beans and new potatoes I only buy UK asparagus and regard them as a wonderful seasonal treat to be enjoyed at the correct time of year and not otherwise.
A potash feed is what you get in commercial Tomato feed. It is not the same as wood ash, though that is valuable in the garden.
Bit more info needed. New lawn, new house, house new to you, drainage laid underneath, wet area (rainfall), shaded or full sun?
Sounds like a drainage problem.
If sweet chestnuts are growing 'au naturel' they should not be expected to bear fruit until they are 8 year's old.
It is too early to think about thinning out the surplus fruit. Case of 'counting your chickens'. Wait until after the 'June drop' you may find there are less than you think.
It is good not to over-tax a young tree though so your aims are good; just a bit premature.