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Just a couple of weeks on from completing the autumn work on my lawn,I like to think we are already reaping the rewards.Really hard work but, it does pay off although a good lawn is constant work, I realise that and I know this will never be a great lawn(what with all the builders’ rubble under it and years of nothing much done to it) but, I hope to keep it decent with keeping on top of the weeds and annual scarifying as well as spiking topdressing and overseeding in the autumn.
You may remember from my blog a couple of weeks ago, that the back garden looked like a battlefield……well, the wet and warm weather has brought on the seed in the patches and over the whole lawn, really well and, although it still has quite a lot of growing to do(and I will need to put a little more down in one or two small areas, as well as digging out more weeds that have germinated)……it has made remarkable progress and I’ve been able to remove the barbed wire (well canes and strings with aluminium foil hanging from them!!)


And, I am reasonably pleased with the very early progress. The area closest to the house is constantly wet and although I’ve dug a largish area out , removed rubble, and filled with topsoil, then seeded,I will have to continue working on it!
I even managed to cut it very lightly today and it’s looking ok, dont you think?


The greenhouse has had a bit of a clean out, too (with just one cucumber plant left in there and starting to move the geraniums in there so, nearly ready for the winter!
Happy gardening

Paul

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Yes indeed the grass is looking like a lawn now, even got stripes, well done.

8 Oct, 2015

 

Slightly wonky stripes but I did it quickly when I got in from work
Thanks Siris.

8 Oct, 2015

 

its amazing Paul.. your hard work is paying off. I love seeing a good lawn..I have given up on mine the moles are a nightmare!

8 Oct, 2015

 

What a difference! Thats really cheered me up Paul. i started scarifying today. Even with my electric scarifier its such hard work. We have too much grass! But your before and after shots have spurred me on! More scarifications tomorrow if the weather holds!

8 Oct, 2015

 

Looking good, thanks to you!

Love the stripes!

8 Oct, 2015

 

What a transformation - very encouraging!

8 Oct, 2015

 

Scarifications, I like that word Karen.My scarifyer is a push one which is hard work but, fortunately, this lawn is much smaller than my front lawn at the other house.
I don't envy you having moms in your lawn Sandra....I have, so far, never had that problem in my gardens .Only in a couple of my customers' gardens a few years back.
Thanks Stera and Wildrose.
It's worth the hard work, I think!
Good luck Karen.......we'll be thinking of you tomorrow (and your scarification so, of course)

8 Oct, 2015

 

Some potted up Winter Flowering Pansies would look nice in the greenhouse Paul.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Paul, what a difference your TLC has made to the lawn! It really does look 100% better now. Hope those neighbours have turned their water off now!

9 Oct, 2015

 

I have some pansies in the cold frame waiting to be potted up Diane .
I hope their water bill was so high that they may use less water next year Shirley.we'll see!

9 Oct, 2015

 

brilliant progress, that is looking so much better Paul :O)

9 Oct, 2015

 

What a difference Paul. It looks great......you must be really pleased.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks olive and Linda....yes, pleased, although still,some patches to add more seed to and more weeds to dig out but ,it looks a lot more presentable!!!

9 Oct, 2015

 

It looks great - a testament to a lot of hard work!

9 Oct, 2015

 

Blimey! What a difference. It's looking good Paul.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi and Diggin.mind you, lawns always look better in the autumn, don't they?

9 Oct, 2015

 

Paul, let's hope they see sense and use watering cans next year!

9 Oct, 2015

 

They really aren't gardeners......I gave them some tomato plants and told them to pot them on into bigger pots but they kept them in the tiny pots I grew them on in for months then potted them on to slightly bigger pots. Because they had sown lots of sunflowers and Nasturtiums from seed I assumed they were keen gardeners but all they did was put the sprinkler on...I've never seen them with a spade/fork/hoe in their hands or seen/heard them doing any gardening.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Scarificatios day 2 completed. Two more days to go! I'm shattered!!

9 Oct, 2015

 

Oh..look! I've invented italian scarifications! Lol!

9 Oct, 2015

 

Do u mean you are cream crackeadioused!

9 Oct, 2015

 

That....and also knackasausted!

9 Oct, 2015

 

It looks fabulous... Mine is covered with skunk holes.If I fill and first weed every hole, would it look half as lovely as yours, probably not, but you do inspire me to do something.

9 Oct, 2015

 

Finished it today Karen???
I've always had a thing about the lawn Wells......I just can't let it do its own thing whereas it's easier if you can.i make hard work for myself.

10 Oct, 2015

 

My son's neighbours dug up a Grapevine on their side of the wall. It used to hang over so he picked and ate the Grapes on his side.
They arent gardeners so dug it up and replaced it with a hut. Three years later the roots are still in the ground and have come under the wall, so he is eating the Grapes again now on his side.
I am surrounded by non-gardening neighbours, it makes me more keen to have a wonderful garden, just to make them think about taking an interest!

11 Oct, 2015

 

What a difference hard work makes. The lawn looks great now. Let's just hope your neighbours have become bankrupt after getting their water bill and it doesn't become a swamp next summer, that mustn't happen.

11 Oct, 2015

 

I hope so Waddy......trouble is, we get on with them and I don't want to risk that.its tricky but the garden is wet enough without 10 hours at a time watering from their sprinkler.
The others did of me aren't really gardeners withered diane...they keep their garden neat and tidy but it's tiny and full of children's play equipment. Mind you, they don't water their lawn.............it's artificial!

11 Oct, 2015

 

It looks great a lovely garden

11 Oct, 2015

 

My neighbour's garden is immaculate. Even the lawns are manicured! Not much blossom though.

Nice to see the different types of gardens: cottage, Spring, tidy.......!

12 Oct, 2015

 

Mine is a less cottagey than my last garden Eirlys. That was full of plants in huge borders but this is a more contemporary garde, i like to think, in keeping with the modern house.So, slightly more minimalist! But, I do like to keep the lawn decent in order to act as aneat and tidy setting for the borders.
Thanks Jackie...glad you like it

12 Oct, 2015

 

Wpw what a difference in such a short time the grass is looking great Paul and the whole garden looks brilliant love the green house I am jealous 😊 Now here is a question where does Julie hang her washing I cant see a line up. 😜

12 Oct, 2015

 

she has a rotary line by the patio Dawn.You can see the cap on the ground socket ...that little white disc near the shed.
the new grass is growing like mad at the moment. it's now looking much thicker than in these photos!

13 Oct, 2015

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