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Well, the borders, veg patch etc etc were done earlier in the year in our new garden and now comes the hard work of sorting the lawn out. A poor lawn, anyway, but , I have found whilst digging the borders that builders rubble is very close to the surface…that, combined with heavy clay and a neighbour who leaves his sprinkler on for 10 to 14 hours at a time is causing a real drainage problem.So, it has to be sorted, along with correcting the dips and getting rid of weeds and coarse(couch etc) grasses. So, it’s time to put in the hard graft and take a couple steps backwards to take 3 forwards, I suppose.
I usually top dressed my old lawn with topsoil and sharp sand mixed(well in my younger,more enthusiastic days, I mixed my own blend with Top Soil, Silver Sand and Peat) but decided to try ‘Evergreen Enriched Lawn Soil’ this time.I hope that will do away with any need to put on a seperate Autumn feed. And, with a deal currently at Wyevale G C, for 6x 25 ltr bags for £20 (£4.99 each or 3 for £12), it seems a good buy……we’ll see. However, my first observations are that, although called Lawn SOIL, it seems to have quite a lot of compost/wood material in it and, as you may see, it is difficult to work in without leaving lots of woody and fibrous bits on the surface.I’ve picked lots up and put in compost heap but, still some around.

This morning, as I wasn’t scheduled to do any work in other people’s gardens, I got out reasonably early and scarified, spiked then top dressed…..phew, it was hard wlrk….oh, and that was after digging up 6 or 7 of the worst areas and taking out rubble , weeds, couch grass etc before filling up with soil, ready for seeding.This patch by the socket for the rotary washing line has been flooding very badly, particulalry last week when we had some horrendously hard and long showers.it even overflowed onto the patio.

Just a small selection of the concrete, stone, plastics, weed roots, coarse grass etc that I dug out this morning.


I had planned to seed the patches and then overseed the whole lawn today, but, I was exhausted and Costa Coffee was calling…so we went out for a break this afternoon.
But, you see,I should’ve done the work I did today at the weekend but I couldn’t as I was busy being this chap at a local shopping centre (Royals, Southend on sea)..I (Cp’n Blackfoot ,the pirate) even got to have my photo taken with Ryan the Lion.I’ve made the big time!!!!


And, I won’t be getting in the garden this coming weekend as I’ll be donning a new disguise at a Dinosaur weekend at a family farm park.
Introducing Sir Terrence Dactlie……(Terry to his friends)….you can call me Sir Terrence. Dinosaur hunter extraordinaire. ( well, I’m definitely extraordinary)

I know, ….it’s crazy, but it beats working for a living!!

But, back to the garden….
This Calamagrostis is the star of the new borders at the moment.

I must say, I’m pleased with how the border/beds have filled out so quickly.

I can also report that I have managed to negotiate with the big boss(yes, Julie) to dig another semi circular border next year, taking some of her precious grass (I know what she’s thinking even if she doesn’t say it…she doesn’t want to lose too much grass in case we should be lucky enough,some time in the future, to have grand children) I know this will please Hywel, as he has commented that I have far too much lawn…ha ha…he, like me, likes to have lots of plants!
Does anyone remember me buying this Rambling Rose ‘Perennial Blue’ back in the spring?? It was one of the first plants (in fact, I think it was the first) that I put in my new garden.I wanted to cover part of the fence behind the greenhouse. Well, look at it now…..it really has grown….excellent!!

So, for now, this is what we have to look at from the back window/door. But, when I get the time to sow the seed, I’m sure it will soon turn from brown to green, especially if we have the Indian Summer that has been promised (Ha….I’ll believe that when I see it!)

Happy gardening

Paul

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oh my goodness that looks like it is very soggy and then you got more rain oops. Promise to send some sunshine soon. At least you can keep smiling and be a different person when you dress up at the weekend. The kids will love it all.

21 Sep, 2015

 

I'm not sure who enjoys it most!!!

21 Sep, 2015

 

Well Paul...Julie sounds just like Rick, my hubby ! " Don't take much more of the lawn please !" "No dear" say I ! I am sneaky though ! I get the edger out and sort of bring it out too far ! Hahaa! He's given up on me now, so bigger borders , here I come ! Hahaa! You could also tell Julie that you can't get the grass to improve and bigger borders would make the garden much better ! Hahaa!
Then it won't matter too much if it rains !
I take it, your neighbour isn't on a water meter then !
I love the Deschampsia ! And those socks ....what can I say ! Hahaa!
Have fun !

21 Sep, 2015

 

Love the pirate boots and the lions gorgeous feet...
wish I could be there at the dinosaur weekend - try not to shoot too many or get eaten!

They do say lawns are hard work - you are certainly proving it. One day you'll look back and say it was all worth it (I hope!)

21 Sep, 2015

 

I love your blogs......it is like watching an episode of 'Gigglebiz' on CBeebies!! Who will you be next?!!

Our garden keeps losing out to tea rooms too, we must get out there and start the big tidy up. You have got the balance just right. Good luck with the lawn and wish us good luck with the coffee, tea and cake!

21 Sep, 2015

 

I hope so, Stera...yes.Mind you, I've done it lots of times before at the old house. Dinosaurs aren't really my thing to be honest. I love being the pirate.
Oh, Rose, don't worry, My edging tool will slip quite a few times over the years!!! Having said that, I don't want borders too big as they are hard work but, so are lawns!!!

21 Sep, 2015

 

We(and our neighbours ) are on water meter Rose and we got a bill last week....I'm hoping that might dampen their enthusiasm for watering(sorry for the pun)
Those socks are a bit itchy !!!!

21 Sep, 2015

 

I don't think you'll need any luck with the tea and cake Wildrose...ha ha..I always seem to manage!
I dread to think what they'll have me playing next!!i basically do the same old cheesy stuff and crazy dancing with a different hat on!!
I'm sorry Rose, I put the wrong name (edited it now)....it's not a Deschampsia......it's a Calamagrostis that I brought with me from the other garden!!

21 Sep, 2015

 

That looks like a lot of work, Paul, but the weekend job looks fun! One of my sons has just moved into a newly-built house, and I wonder what might be lurking under the surface of the garden. Time will tell, I suppose! I took away quite a lot if lawn years ago when I re-organised the garden. I think what's left is reasonably safe now!

22 Sep, 2015

 

I think builders just bung their rubbish in the ground and then cover it up with an inch of topsoil and some turf.
I'm finding pieces of grey slab and there aren't any grey slabs on the whole estate so I have no idea why they are there.
The patches of soil I put in yesterday are now sodden as it's rained all morning as well as yesterday afternoon.

22 Sep, 2015

 

Oh Paul! This is just what I had to deal with in my new-build garden! You have really put the graft in there. I hope it reaps huge rewards for you. As for me...hollow tining this huge lawn? Not going to happen. I'm afraid I've gone the lazy route with autumn feed, weed control and moss killer! All I need to do now is get it on the grass! But you've done a much better job!

I'm loving your new alter-ego! Good luck with him, I'm sure he'll go down a storm. And yes, much better than 'a proper job'! ;)

Borders have done great! No joy sorting the neighbours watering habits? ...sigh.

22 Sep, 2015

 

Well, Karen, I'm just hoping their water bill last week may have the desired effect.
The garden looks awful this morning as it rained heavily yesterday afternoon and again this morning. So, I'll have to wait for the patches to dry out a bit before raking and seed sowing. I should have done it yesterday afternoon instead of going for coffee I suppose but I have to pace myself these days.
And we'll be going out soon to order some new cabinet furniture to go with our new sofas delivered at the weekend(as too wet to do customers' gardens today) so, no doubt, more coffee!!!
I only spiked the lawn with a little wheeled spiker(approx 3 inch spikes) so it isn't as good as using a hollow tines spiker but, that really is too much like hard work.

22 Sep, 2015

 

I might be able to manage with your Wheeled spiker.....will think about it! In the meantime...I'll put the kettle on! ;)

22 Sep, 2015

 

Well Paul, my borders look after themselves most of the time ! They are packed so full that there is no room for weeds ! Much easier than lawn care !
I hope your neighbours get a huge bill ! Serve them right !
I've never heard of Calamagrostis ! Has it got a more common name !

22 Sep, 2015

 

Paul, you're going to have to have a word or two with these neighbours of yours. What with their water and all the rain you've had it's a wonder your plants haven't floated away! Love your new character, the children will adore you! :o)

22 Sep, 2015

 

Great blog! Well done with all the lawn rejuvenation. As for mine it's been delayed as ex said he'd put the weed and feed down the first day I was away and guess what - it didn't happen. Anyway now I'm back I can crack on with it. Thanks for the heads-up on the Wyevale Lawn Soil.

22 Sep, 2015

 

I think they are known as Reed Grass, Rose. There are a lot of different kinds of Calamagrostis.The taller ones you can see at the back of the semi circular bed are C. Karl Foerster (a much taller/bigger plant than this one) and in the other bed on other side (not shown in this blog) is C. Overdam(an evergreen)
Thanks Gertrude...I must say that my lawn looks a reL mess after all yesterday's rain(a muddy patch is all it looks like) but, when it dries out , I'll try and get the seed sown.
Thanks Shirley...I just hope the bill they've just had will be big enough to change their minds about watering so much(their lawn is a right mess but very green so I don't really see why they do it because they seem to do nothing else to the lawn.
I hope the kids like Sir Terrence although, it's a bit of a strange one...I'm not sur what to do with him really.....
It'l just be the same old cheesy stuff but with a different hat on, Isuppose. (I prefer being the pirate) and, those socks are flippin' itchy.

23 Sep, 2015

 

Well Paul or should I say Sir Terrence? My front lawn is quite big and if it looks bad the whole house and garden looks bad. I have tried quite a variety of combinations each autumn, but I have settled on the autumn dressing as we get such a lot of moss here. It the moss takes hold over the winter it takes me until mid summer to get it looking good. It looks great now tho'. I love my lawn and I bet with all your hard work and know how you will have it looking great by next season.

23 Sep, 2015

 

Hope your lawn has improved by 2016. I would give it a good dose of Lawn Fertiliser. This seems to be effective even 6 months later.
Glad to hear about the water bills.

23 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Linda and Diane....
I seeded the patches and then over seeded the whole lawn today.
I will feed next year as the lawn soil is 'enriched' with nutrients to help root establishment and growth.
No, Linda.....Terry (Dactile) to my friends!!

23 Sep, 2015

 

Perhaps bog loving plants or a tree close by where the lawn keeps flooding to sap up that water Paul from the lawn. My sons garden especially at the bottom floods it use to flood all over till he found out the down pipe from his and his neighbours was all going into his garden not draining away so he layed a new law and now its just the bottom that floods.

Ha ha you look like that hunter from Jamanji he he
Lovely photo of you with the lion spot on.
Love your half circle bed . Tell Julie its best to have lots of plants she can teach them the plants and hide stuff playing hide and seek like I do not having any grass now, because if they get a ball bang goes all your plants Paul 😮😁

24 Sep, 2015

 

Ha ha.....kids playing with balls in our garden is a long way off yet Dawn...if ever.neither of our boys seem to be showing any signs.
I would love a tree but really don't have space for anything big.I may look at small trees next year. There is a Cercis I Particualrly like but not found one to look at yet in garden centres locally!!

24 Sep, 2015

 

Gorgeous, Paul - I was tempted by one of those as well but decided in the end it was a bit too wide, so ended up with dwarf lilac instead.

24 Sep, 2015

 

Sorry, not with you Steragram.....do you mean the rambling rose?

24 Sep, 2015

 

Pirates and hunters, both treasure seekers. Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean come to mind. We are going to get that Indian Summer according to the weather forecasters so hope your lawn gets growing well before the cold weather sets in. We dug up a load of rubbish from underneath the soil when we moved in here. It's hard work getting it all right for growing things in. Your rose looks nice and healthy. T.Rex is my favourite dinosaur, and I'd love one as a pet but would probably get eaten in the training process.....LOL

25 Sep, 2015

 

Yes, stick to a cat or a dog is probably safest Linda..ha ha.
WhenI was overseeding the grass ,Wednesday, up the back at the side of greenhouse, I noticed something red and investigated and it turned out to be half a brick which I had to dig out so it was right up on the surface....incredible that the builders just leave it and don't even bother to bury it.
So, the seed is down now and, as you say, ideal conditions.we had a lot of rain Thursday morning and we are forecast mild temperatures for a couple of weeks at least so it should have great start and, so far ( fingers crossed) the birds are leaving it alone.mind you....the garden looks like a battle field with the brown patches and now, sticks with string tied between them with silver foil hanging off it.
I reckon the neighbours think a mad man has moved in next door.

25 Sep, 2015

 

Keep at the lawn and after a year or two it will be fine. We always put a sharp sand and compost mix with the grass seed on in April.

25 Sep, 2015

 

I've always done it on the old garden in Autumn. It builds up a nice layer under the lawn after a few years.

25 Sep, 2015

 

It's fine seeding the lawn in the Autumn too Paul. Our grass when we first moved here was old pasture full of weeds, but gradually we have done this method and now it's a good lawn.

25 Sep, 2015

 

I meant the Cersis Paul.

25 Sep, 2015

 

Oh right. I saw a Cercis variety called canadensis Lavender Twist online. Not found it in a GC or Nursery yet.

25 Sep, 2015

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