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Hello, our property was built 2 years ago and the back lawn is in a sorry state, builders rubble found all over, soil is heavy clay and parts are very boggy and most annoyingly the landscape is lumpy/bumpy and uneven. parts of the lawn bury the bottom of part of the fence!
In the spring I am looking to sort out and would appreciate some advice on my plan:
1 - dig out rubble (as much as possible), dig a drainage channel to help with overall drainage
2 - remove a 6 inch layer from all of clay soil and use a roller to create even/level surface, spike/aerate entire area.
3 - add 6 inches of topsoil (a sandier loam?) to entire area and again use roller to compact/firm up?
4 - lay turf on top, unsure whether its worth going for a shade tolerant turf or normal?
Our garden is fairly shaded at the moment by roadside tree line but we are in the process of removing them.
Any advice or corrections on my thinking would be greatly appreciated.
i have a question about plant zone and their tolerances to high temperatures and drought.there are some species such as Prunus 'Kanzan' , Prunus 'Sekiyama' or Malus 'JFS-KW5' - Royal Raindrops™, Prunus 'Kojo-no-mai'.as i know they are tolerant to zone 6.so my zone is between 7-8, with moderate winter and raining, but harsh summers about 40-42 deg.Are there any species fairly tolerant to these zone or not?
I have a major problem with something eating both bulbs and young plants.
I know my garden is FULL of snails, but the small plants (pansies, violas, cyclamen, hellebores, allysum and more) are literally eaten away down to a stumpy stem. Needless to say, the plants then die.
Small bulbs that I plant appear on the surface half eaten.
We have lots of neighbourhood cats (another gardener's problem) so I wouldn't have thought that mice would be a problem?
Could slugs/snails destroy a plant completely?
Would mice eat plants?
Do mice dig up bulbs?
I have looked into green deterents, and am thinking about spraying a chilli/onion solution across my beds, which should sort out the cats too. Has anyone had any luck with using chilli spray for pest control?
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is conducting a water butt survey as part of our “work your butt” campaign and Festival of gardening 1-31st March.
How well do you work your butt? Your water butt that is… A survey 3 years ago found that nearly two thirds of gardeners said they had a water butt but only one in 10 make good use of them.
WWT is calling on gardeners to help us get a clearer picture of the situation today, particularly in these increasingly environmentally and economically aware times.
So please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwtsurvey to take survey and answer a few short questions. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes and as a thank you for your help you’ll go into a draw to win a year’s WWT membership.
Just read that DEFRA are considering bringing in an Asian predator to deal with the problem of Japanese Knotweed. It's called Aphalara itadori - read all about it
I'm always uneasy with these biological controls that are imported. Harlequins came to dominate our ecosystems from being introduced into countries other than Asia for aphid control. Any thoughts?
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The Streets of London are paved with gold if you are looking for items to reclaim for use in the garden.
This is one of my favourite 'finds' - a vintage handcart which the local italian restaurant had thrown out during a basement clearance. Makes a great display for container plants.
Having just watched the programme on the use of peat in the garden has really got me to thinking about what I use. It's going to be a challenge but I think after seeing Toby's remarks I'm going to have a go. Anyone else been moved to make changes?
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When we moved into our home 3 years ago, we built a 3 bay compost bin and have slowly built up each bay with garden and kitchen refuse and shredded paper. Have just spent the last few days digging out the 1st bay which is full of fantastic three year old compost. This is being spread over all the borders and veg beds.
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I am a horticulture student (first year) and I am doing a study/research project on companion planting. Part of the report will include qualitative information from people who have tried companion planting. Please help me and tell me your experiences of companion planting. Also, hello everyone, this is my first message on this site. Happy gardening!