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Hi - hope someone can help. Despite all the rain we've had in the last month my lawn looks dreadful. It almost looks as if it's had weedkiller sprinkled all over it and is brown and dead looking in large patches which seem to be spreading. I've bought some green-up fertiliser but haven't used it yet. Could the grass be suffering from a disease? It was newly laid turf 3 years ago so it's not very old grass. Any help would be appreciated as it's really spoiling the look of the garden. Thanks.
I came across a Video on the 'net' on how to apply top dressing to a lawn. It refers to a 'professional' very handy looking tool called a 'TrueLue'. Has anybody an idea as to where I could buy one (assuming they are not too expensive!) - preferably by internet/mail order? Thanks
Hi all. I'm currently embarking on the mad notion of replacing a patio area to lawn. As you can see from the picture attached, I'm just over half way ripping up the concrete.
The plan is to brick frame the area and turf it, since it's only about 2x3m and would love to have it ready for summer for my little girl to play on.
My idea was to "rotate" much of the hardcore with about 2ft of soil, then top it up with top soil before turfing.
Is this a viable solution? I'm hoping to reuse as much hardcore to save costs on a skip and buying tonnes of soil, but also to create drainage, as we have quite a damp east facing garden, or would this be too much?
Any other thoughts, tips and pointers would be greatfully received.
Thanks in advance!
I have spent the last year or two treating the lawn to all the usual treatments, spiking, raking, fertilising etc and as a result it seems to have continued growing for most of the winter. Although it is still to wet to cut I am wondering if it is worth having a go at moving it if we continue to get warm sunny days, even though it is only February. Would this be foolish?
My lawn is in shadow most of the winter due to next door trees. (very old and unfortunately beautiful). The grass is quite long and it does not dry out. Can anyone suggest the best machine for cutting it?
Does anyone have any tips on how to use a spreader without scorching the grass? I have a Scotts Easy Spreader +:
No matter how I try, I always end up scorching the grass when I make a turn with the spreader. This spreader does not have a shutter.
Does anyone have any tips on how to avoid dropping excess fertiliser and causing scorching?
Also, does scorching kill the grass roots or only the leaves? I generally reseed after scorching but wonder if this is necessary?
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Just thought I would like to share what solved my lawn problem of moss, clover and weeds. I tried all sorts every year and was just about to give up when I happened to mention to a neighbour - retired gardener - what was wrong and how I'd tried to solve it with weed killers and moss killers and food etc. He came round with a little petrol driven gadget and within an hour both front and back lawns were moss, clover and weed free. Looked a bit bedraggled for about a week. I am still amazed - never heard of this before but found one in our local gardening centre Flymo Lawnraker Compact. It even collects all the rubbish it rakes out, I love it. My lawn now looks lovely and green and apparently you only need to do this about three to four times a year.
We have a lot of coarse straw-like grass in the lawn. We think it may be the result of not cutting it often enough last year. Will the grass ever revert to fine if give some tlc or would it be better to dig out the coarse stuff and re-seed?
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?
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!