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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 19:07

If this was mine I would double dig it all over, burying the grass as deeply as possible ( plants will feed off it, and you don't have to worry about disposing of it).  Remove any perennial weeds.You may find the cause of the poor drainage. Chances are you will cure the problem which is probably compaction of some sort. Just to put in a pond is unlikely to be enough in the long run. You could incorporate some muck and magic, but if the garden has been left fallow for a long time the chances are it will be reasonably fertile as there is nowt to deplete it of it's natural goodness. You can then focus on feeding the plants you put in rather than the whole acreage!

Having dug it you then have a blank canvas. Don't forget that in good design, less is usually more so keep it simple, with a few quality features which appeal to you.  How do you want the front of your house and garden to look to those visiting you. How do you want your outlook to look?A winding path, some discreetly placed shrubs and a small tree or 2 to subtly screen you from the road. Have a pond if you want one. Why not alpines in a gravel bed. No grass??, but definitely no concrete either. Go for as good a quality as you can afford and you won't regret it. And please don't rush. Plenty of time to think through want you want. Hope this helps........ 


Posted: 24/12/2013 at 20:19

oops, hic....


Posted: 24/12/2013 at 20:08

A happy Christmas and a floriferous New Year to all our Forkers....

Winter Equinox

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 16:16

Can anyone enlighten me why it is about 8 weeks from the clocks being put back in Autumn, but we have to wait about 13 weeks before we can put them forward again. Why isn't it broadly symmetrical?

Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 11:30

I dug 2 new shady borders last year, deliberately!!! North facing under viburnam/bay bushes that are gradually encroaching. Planted with pulmonarias, lamium, heuchera, erythroniums, trilliums and a few other goodies. When you get a result in a previously unproductive area you get even more satisfaction and brownie points.

Black eyed Susan

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:54

I think it is telling you something?


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 19:40

Drove to Christmas destination, ahead of the bad weather and arrived on time. Have already watched 3 films with great nieces, and 1 bottle of rose seems to be empty already! Feet up as others buzz around and do stuff.

Hope Verd didn't lose any power.


Posted: 22/12/2013 at 11:24

Strictly social day today… pre lunch drinks at one friend's house, then off to pub for Chrissy lunch with another family. Who's the lucky one???

Sliver Birch question

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 21:53

alternatively plant 3 whips close together to get a "multi stemmed" effect.

Sliver Birch question

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 21:18

Much better to start afresh. Small whips will be better than cuttings and not at all expensive. Plant a group again, with box balls at the base.

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