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Our lawn has suddenly developed big yellow straw like areas over it.. I called Greenthumb out and they said it appeared that we had Leather Jackets but couldn't find any signs of any when they dug up some of the patches. The man was hesitant to treat the lawn as said the chemicals are extremely strong but suggested I seed it a week later after he fed the lawn.
Could someone please advise me the best product to use and the easiest way to do this this please. The man mentioned something that was all in one and came in a gun like container?
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- Posted: Wed. 11th May 2011 01:10
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probably more of a builders question, but thought i would try anyway.
i have appauling drainage due to compacted soil. i considered a lawn aerator, but they only go a few inches down which will not be enough. My builder has a sturdy metal spike, about 150cm long and 3cm wide which he used loosen up the soil before digging a hole. I want to buy one of these so i can drive some holes 75cm down and fill with some gravel to improve the drainage.
what are these spikes called? i cannot find anything using google, but am not searching for the right thing!
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- Posted: Mon. 21st February 2011 19:18
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I would be grateful for some advice regarding our small town garden.My husband and I live in a town house for
and are the custodians of two majestic oak trees. They
dominate our small garden and in summer their foliage covers the areas that should be the lawn, My husband has tried several varieties of shade loving lawn seed to no avail. We have had the soil tested which returned a result of loam/ light clay. the pH was in the region of 6.4 - 7. With the first hint of wet weather the area turns to mud and any hope of grass withers and dies. We would like to establish some form of ground
cover under the oaks as these trees have a preservation order and cannot be removed. During a recent visit to Lake Garda in Italy we noticed the parks area used a form of chamomile lawn or mind-your-own-business ( we think it could be Soleirolia soleirolii). Firstly would this type of ground cover be the best to use in this area. If so would it take the traffic delivered from humans and the pet dog. Secondly where are we able to obtain seed/ seedlings and what planting ratio should we use.
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- Posted: Tue. 25th January 2011 18:10
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I wonder if anyone can advise me on what to do with my lawn. I live in the South-East England and have been trying to improve our lawn in the back garden which has been pretty neglected. The garden is East facing and spends the majority of its time in the shade since it is surrounded by high walls. Within the last month I have treated the lawn with a 'weed, feed and moss killer' and there are now quite a few bald patches. I had intended to sow some grass seed to fill in these patches but am unsure if I have left it too late as most of the packets of grass seed say to sow it in autumn and spring. Average temperatures here for November are between 4 and 12 degrees. It is currently around 6 degrees. I am aware that if I leave patches of bare earth more weeds and moss will take hold.
Also I am unsure which type of seed to use as we have a female dog and a small child so the lawn needs to be hard-wearing.
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- Posted: Wed. 10th November 2010 12:39
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After weeks of careful ground preparation I seeded my new lawn(with family grade grass) in September. I dug over, fertilized and raked like I was supposed to and was very pleased with the result. I followed the seeding instructions and,using the recomended amount of seed,sowed half upwards of the lawn and half downwards to make sure all the seed was sown correctly. I thought it looked very evenly sown when I`d finished and then gently raked over covering about half the seed as instructed. It rained the next day and I thought "job done"!
However, now the grass has grown (its about 2/3 inch at the moment) I can see gaps between the shoots of around 2,3 or 4 inch. In other places it just looks bare. My neighbour who is a keen gardener with years of experiance says it looks very good for a newly seeded lawn and will "fill out" by spring and that I should leave well alone.I`m not so sure. Any advice would be welcome.
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- Posted: Tue. 26th October 2010 20:56
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We had a new lawn laid last year and it now appears to be the regular path of a fox or foxes at night. They leave their business on the grass and brown bald patches are now appearing.
Can anyone tell me how to deter foxes and prevent this happening please?
Is there anything I can put down that will stop them using our lawn?
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- Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 12:47
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i understand that wembley have decided to use a desso pitch for the stadium, im just curious on what it is and how it will change anything?
Kind regards, Lou
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- Posted: Wed. 6th October 2010 13:56
I want to seed a new lawn this autumn in an area that was partly covered by decking and partly planted (sparsely) I have typical London clay - sticky but just about workable. I was planning to dig the area over well and 'tamp' it (tamping clay could be a challenge....) before applying a layer of topsoil ready for seeding. My question is to WHAT DEPTH should I apply the topsoil? Topsoil and turfing companies recommend 10 cm or so however the cynic in me suspects this might be with a view to selling more topsoil .... ? wouldn't 5cm suffice? or might this shallow depth somehow create a sump effect? or might I even be better off not using topsoil at all? (tho' trying to create a workable level tilth with this clay could be very challenging) there is plenty of information out there about seeding a lawn but not necessarily when dealing with less than perfect soil. i don't need a bowling green standard lawn, i just want to 'do the right thing' and I don't want to go to ridiculous lengths if something simple will suffice ....
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- Posted: Thu. 2nd September 2010 06:27
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I have a lawn which was laid around 20 years ago when the property was built. It seems that the site was poorly prepared and as a result most of the lawn is now filled with moss and weeds. The total area of the lawn is pretty large and much of it is on a slope, so I would be reluctant to lift the lawn and dig over the site. I am also reluctant to apply a lawn fertilizer which contains mosskiller or mosskiller on its own. I do rake the lawn and feed it but the improvement is pretty limited.
Are there any ideas on what I could do to improve the lawn withotu actually replacing it?
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- Posted: Sat. 24th July 2010 13:49
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Hello. My lawn is in a dire state and I'm not sure when and what to do. In April I hired a turf remover and had a gardener/friend take up the lawn because it was full of weeds, and the rain was collecting in long pools of water on it because it was so uneven. My friend then put grass seed down for shady areas after raking the soil. However, after 3 months my lawn is worse than it was before. Most of the new grass didnt even germinate - the seeds are still lying on the soil, all the weeds have, however come back through, as have patches of old nasty grass. I tried watering it, but now even the grass that did come through is yellow and dying. After research I believe that the ground was not sufficiently prepared, especially as I have heavy clay soil. So I want to start all over again and do it myself. Some magazines say to sow a lawn only in spring, but another says that July-August is also good. Can I have some advice from knowledgable people about what to do. I bought a big tub of weedkiller that kills everything and I thought maybe I should start by completely killing the existing 'lawn' with that before putting down topsoil mixed with sand and manure. Does that sound reasonable? and is now an okay time to do it? Many thanks for any help. The pictures below show how it started, the ground after lawn was removed, and then how it is now (although it's got even worse).
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- Posted: Sun. 11th July 2010 13:21
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