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Gardening tips

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by db, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Moley

    Moley Well-Known Forumite

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    Mix of 5mm-20mm gravel £33/tonne. 10mm pea gravel £35/tonne. £8 to deliver in bag (1tonne). You then take the bag back to Simmons and get £6 back. They delivered it the next day for us and as long as you give them instruction where to put it, you don't need to be in. I went for the 5-20mm as it is easier to walk on without sinking into it. If you need loads they can tip it onto your drive for free. Of course they have a big selection of gravel to choose from, you are best to take a trip up there and have a look. Hope this helps
     
  2. Moley

    Moley Well-Known Forumite

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    Yeah contrary to many beliefs grass is difficult to kill, it might not look good for a while but with some tlc will grow back. Makes me chuckle when you see people out watering their lawns in the evening in high summer when really the last thing that is going to die is the lawn. We had to returf because there used to be a big rose garden at the front of our house with raised beds. Over time it had been seeded with grass and become a kind of lawn. Trying to walk across it involved the possibility of breaking your ankle.
     
  3. Astro Boy

    Astro Boy Pocket Rocket

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    Does the time of year have any bearing on when you start? Do you clear it now, have a frozen barren garden all winter, then put the turf down during the spring? Can turf go down anytime of year?

    NOTE TO SELF: Read the whole thread before leaving a message to avoid looking foolish..........
     
  4. My Name is URL

    My Name is URL Well-Known Forumite

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    They do turf even cheaper than that. I got told that the only difference between their "best turf" and the cheaper stuff is that they cut the dearer stuff thicker so its less likely to die but if you water it well then its not a problem anyway.

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  5. BBC

    BBC You knows it

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    Dizirty! I'll have to come round soon and see the new southside manor.

    As for your garden, well what I did with mine is went for 'low maintenance'. Basically some plants that never need any attention and a load of woodchip which works great for suppressing the weeds! Works a treat :)
     
  6. Moley

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    Yeah think it's 1.20 or 1.30/sqr metre
     
  7. db

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    you're always welcome, spa :)

    yeah, i defo want low maintenance.. to be honest, i'm happy with zero plants and maximum lawn area (with a hedge to keep prying eyes out, natch).. it's just getting to that stage that is going to be a nightmare!

    taken on board all the tips in this 'ere thread.. reckon i'm gonna rope my immediate family into pulling everything up and then just see what's left, and hope for the best lol..
     
  8. Astro Boy

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    Good luck!
     
  9. My Name is URL

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    Just noticed someone on Freecycle is advertising some spare turf for free... 30 rolls = 15m2 if you are interested....

    You'd have to be quick to collect and get it down though!
     
  10. db

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    thanks, but unfortunately i am nowhere near the point of needing turf! i need to pull all the dead flowers/plants/triffids first, and see what's underneath.. i just went out there today, and there is a brick wall (presumably decorative) and all sorts buried in there.. nightmare :(
     
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    labourer for hire still ;)


    x
     
  12. Doctor

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    Could do with some photos to see size etc.

    Mine started like this
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    and now looks something like this
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    All I did was cut back and pull ot the weeds and bracken etc and then keep cutting the lawn and so on.

    If you're trying to kill off all the perenial weeds with tarp/ bin bags/ carpet etc, you need to leave it for a yea or more. An easy solution that is not very organic, I guess, is to spray the whole thing with a glyphosate based weed killer. This is a systemic weedkiller and will kill every plant but won't leave stuff in the soil. It just kills the plants after about two weeks. Then you can start from scratch. Annual weds won't be a problem - it's the perenials dandilions, bind weed, bracken, bramble. You can spend years just pulling these out - glyphosate will kill 'em.
     
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    Lovely job, Doc - good advice too. As you say, cutting back and clearing is the first thing you do. After that, you can see enough to plan and garden properly.

    Our rented house on the Doxey Road looked a lot like your first pic, until we got it sorted.
     
  14. db

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    :eek: good lord.. well played, sir :clap:

    that sounds quality, that's exactly what i'm after.. i've blagged some heavy duty gloves off my brother in law, so i'm planning on having a crack at it next week.. good idea about the photos, doc.. i'll take some before and after ones, even if it's just for my own posterity!
     
  15. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Im after a few gardening tips, I have a large honeysuckle growing on my shed, but the shed roof needs some repair, am I ok in cutting the honeysuckle back at this time of year- and if so how far back can I go? I also have a nice frilly French Lavender which I cut back at the end of summer but its decided to flower again in the last couple of weeks, should I cut this back again to prevent it getting straggley or leave it alone? Any tips on growing Chinese Lanterns would also be a great help :)
     
  16. Gramaisc

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    If it's a late flowering honeysuckle, then it's best pruned in the early spring - but, if it's in the way of the shed repair, then whack it out of the way now and you should still be OK.

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-prune-honeysuckle/158.html
     
  17. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Thank you Gramaisc. It is still flowering now, but the leaves are falling off. I was worried that cutting it back now might kill it off if theres a harsh frost. Some of the felt was blown off the roof and must be replaced before the weather gets worse as its letting in water :(
     
  18. arthur

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    i have made a leaf mulch this year - i'm just going to spread it in the garden any tips on what it best helps
     
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    and any ideas for keeping a pond clear ive tried the straw bag and it efor a bit, do you have to keep buying new ones
     
  20. littleme

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    @tek-monkey One for you :)
     

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