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Lawn challenges keeping me busy!

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Well I’ve been busy trying to get on top of the terrible challenges with the grass here. The worst one is the Moss, which is a good inch thick and has more or less killed off all the grass in big sections. The second challenge is the Mower, which gave up the ghost yesterday, so we had to buy a new one today. challenge no. 3 consists of various broad leaved weeds, particularly the creeping buttercup, which has taken over parts of the lawn nearest the roadside hedge. And finally……those awful dandelions that are popping up everywhere every day!

Today was spent scarifying the back lawn, which faces North. It’s not a large lawn really, but it’s taken me all day, and I’m still not seeing the soil in many areas. I’ve bought some seed as the grass is very, very sparse. At least I’ve got most of the rubbish out at last! About 25 bin liners full…so far! Thank goodness for my electric scarifier! There were loads of maggots in the moss as I bagged it up…hopefully none in my hair…..yuck!

Tomorrow I hope to get the grass cut, and then I’ll do some photos. my dwarf Rhododendrons are flowering…just about..at last! We are so behind our southern friends. It’s been glorious both today and yesterday, but still a cold wind.

Oh, and my Scented Leaf Pelargonium collection arrived from Vernons. I’ve potted them all up and they are sitting on my kitchen windowsill until it’s a it warmer! Then they will go around the water feature on tiered stands.

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine! Willow and Molly certainly are! :)

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Well done, Karen ..
lots of hard work, but good progress ... :o)

19 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks Terra...could have done without the maggots! Lol!

19 Apr, 2014

 

Sounds like you've been really busy there. Hope you get it under control soon.

Just count yourself lucky - there's no mares tail. We've been digging out roots for the last week in preparation for turf and we're only half way there.

19 Apr, 2014

 

I'm surprised you had the energy to write this blog Karen! Well done, you certainly sound like you are making progress.
Verdone extra is great for the broad leaf weeds, in particular dandelions. I used this last year on my front lawn and it never looked so good and there are very few seedlings this year.
I've managed to over winter 6 pelargonium cuttings this year - I'm well chuffed as it's a 500% improvement from last year! Your plans for the water feature sounds lovely.

19 Apr, 2014

 

Oh Sam...poor you. No, no Mares tail thank heavens!

19 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks Karen. There's always a bright side - in my case I haven't got Japanese knotweed.

We'll get there in the end won't we.

19 Apr, 2014

 

You are a little demon K just dont overdo things, we all tend to go mad at this time of the year, you will get there in the end, lawns take time and lots of patience, thank goodness that is Peter's concern.

19 Apr, 2014

 

Angie, thanks so much for that tip. I'll certainly get some Verdone!

Sam, we will....we have a dream! ;)

Angela, I'm afraid I've totally abandoned any attempt to 'pace myself' now. Scott and I have been working like Trojans since October and we've both forgotten how to rest! Up with the lark for the puppy, and every fine day working outdoors. Still, it really does beat being in an office all day (even for half a day for that matter! ) so we won't complain. Still fairly fit......so far.

We both feel so blessed to be living here. The only thing that can slow us down now is some warm weather so we can sit down, relax and not shiver! :))

19 Apr, 2014

 

It won't be long, I am sure, and then you will have to take it easy because it will be too hot to work lol. B-)

19 Apr, 2014

 

Exactly....I do hope so, then I'll have a nice cold glass of Pimms and string up a hammock between those two big apple trees!

19 Apr, 2014

 

Ah, hard work, I love it! Soon it will be over and you can look back at all you have done, then you will have a permanent smile on your face. I did hard work in the garden for 9 years from the day I moved here, now I am all done, all I do is walk about daily with a big smile on my face I cannot explain the satisfaction I feel, especially that I did it all alone. I have visitors over this weekend, they have not been here in a while, they are amazed, they are saying that the people from Gardeners World would have loved to see my garden. No thanks. My garden is very private to me, it is my love, for my eyes only. :)

Have a very good day Karen!

20 Apr, 2014

 

It will get there in the end Karen, it is so tiring cutting grass, let alone scarifying and spraying, you will get it sorted in time, it will take a while but will be worth it in the end. Try not to overdo things, think of your poor back. I am off out next to turn some soil over in the borders and edge the grass, but it is bitterly cold down here and spitting with rain, but I am not going to be deterred. lol

Need to sort out my chicken run and coupe too so that my little babies can come back into my run. They have been indoors for winter. lol. spoiled rotten they are. lol.

My friend keeps texting me, she is new to gardening and is wanting to buy buy buy plants and they are all tender ones and I am trying to keep her head on her shoulders. She is only Sarahs age and oh boy they are so keen once they start and get the gardening bug. lol. I am off that is the phone again. lol.

20 Apr, 2014

 

Im sure with all your hard work and determination you will eventually get on top of everything, Moss is a real nuisiance and I have found this year the worst ever, must be all the wet and cold weather. My knees are really sore with all the kneeling but you have to get down to eye level to get the weeds and moss out!

Good luck with all yours Karen stick at it and you will win;0))

20 Apr, 2014

 

Working hard as usual Karen? I envy those who have beautiful lawns. Ours was only small but full of weeds and moss, so much so we gave up in the end and dug it up and I planted my Sedum garden. I hope you're successful in getting yours into good condition, there's nothing like a lush green lawn to set off your flowerbeds. Good luck x

20 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks everyone. I've started Aerating it now and brushing sand in to the holes...it's a slog. It looks really dreadful as you'll see later. I'll try to get it back, but I'm not confident at the moment.

I've cut the grass with my new mower, which is fab, and even had lunch on the grass with Rachel. Have taken some pics and will upload later. :) Have a lovely afternoon everyone! x

20 Apr, 2014

 

Oh Karen much as I love my garden scarifying the lawns is a job that really gets my goat, its tedious, the more you do it the more it looks messy at first but the end result is what counts, so well worth all the time and effort, I've been my own worst enemy, hung the feeders from the apple tree and now have lots of weeds to get rid of....We won't mention the dandelions.....

21 Apr, 2014

 

Yes, I have a lot of dandelions too, but my main concern is getting the grass to grow again. The moss was so bad, it has almost destroyed the roots totally. Well, the moss and the maggots between them. Yesterday I was easily pulling out big handfulls of grass roots, and they were pathetic. I'm not convinced it will recover, but I certainly couldn't have left it as it was. It really needs to be skimmed off, the whole lot, rotavated and reseeded, but that would be a massive task. And it's a heavy traffic area, so would be awful if we had to have it all mud! The lawns at the front are not nearly so poor thank goodness! I agree with you Lincslass. I was so relieved to get finished last night as it is really the only job I hate....not the scarifying so much, but the aerating is really hard work. I'm suffering today and woke up several times in the night in pain, but it's raining today! And we need that for the new seed. Never mind, hairdresser for me today, and an easy day...might do a bit of shopping later. :)

22 Apr, 2014

 

I have spent the day scarifying my four lawns today Karen. It is such hard work. I put the weed and feed down twice and I think I am finally getting there. Photos to follow. :0)

27 Apr, 2014

 

:)) good one Linda! All four at once! I'm impressed!

27 Apr, 2014

 

It has been really cold here today Karen. I have been helping my cousin tidy her garden. It was only 9 degrees.. change from Tuesday at 21 degrees.

1 May, 2014

 

Yes, it's been a shock to the system Linda! I couldn't go out at all today. Every time I had to go out with the dogs I was frozen!

1 May, 2014

 

I have been out in the garden trying to cover anything I think might suffer with frost. Fingers crossed.

2 May, 2014

 

Yes, I'm about to go out and bring things indoors for the night ....if only I had a greenhouse! :)

2 May, 2014

 

think it was one of the hardest frosts we have had the garden seats were covered in frost this morning, but eh ho the sun is shining and it is glorious out there just now. :O) yipeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bbq on Monday.

3 May, 2014

 

Interesting....no frost here.

3 May, 2014

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