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Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Mar 31, 2019.
Going to need to buy some seed and lawn feed tomorrow...
Artificial lawns are an abomination, they're right up there with nets to stop birds nesting, tofu and rice cakes.
I've really enjoyed watching the female blackbird dancing across our lawn and gathering a beakful of insects on a regular basis over the last few days. She is obviously feeding some young not too far away. She would have no luck on artificial turf.
We have a wide, paved patio area outside the back door. Over the years the cement which sealed the gaps between the slabs has broken away. Whilst this is a pain to some extent, as I have to scrape out the weeds which grow with my trusty metal scraper, it does mean that there is natural drainage - which is a boon. And even better, the same blackbird is adept at pecking at the soil between the cracks to unearth a good supply of insects and small worms.
I've been picking the dandelions off my grass this week. Not sure there's much poit but it feels good.
No, no, no! No more gardening today for me. I'm only supposed to be starting tomorrow and I've already been out there for the last four long mornings. I escaped to town but it was just plants, Tomorite, Antstop, compost. No chocolate! Thank god I'm not married. I know what it's like. You just sit down for a minute and it's orders being barked at you.
You need a daisy grubber.
I go round with mine digging up the dandelion plants when they show themselves by producing a flower, not so much digging actually as popping them up, it's very satisfying. You can use it on daisies too but I like those.
Nearly as bad as concrete, slabs, blocks, decking and fences rather than hedges.
I don’t think it’s only being married that stops you relaxing. As soon as I sit down I usually get ‘Mum can you just give me a lift to......’
Sorry, I forgot about kids. This is because I don't have any. It's a joyous life with no instruction.
I've just mowed the lawn for the third time this year, and annoyingly ran out of petrol just before I finished. Which got me thinking, how will my mower be powered in the future? Our garden is very long so a cable is possible but not really feasible for me, as I'd cut through it as soon as I got started. Are there battery mowers? Our lawn is a tough one to cut, what with the hen holes and the trees and the unevenness. Would an electric mower be powerful enough? Our mower's good for a few years but eventually we'll need another and I'm sure petrol won't be an option by then.
Your neighbours sound mad. I like it when the lawn dries out. What insane person would water it so it grew and needed more cutting?! I sometimes feel that I'm very out of synch with other people!
It's not you, it's definitely them. For the last week or more, they've had the sprinkler going for an hour or more every evening, moving it around the garden each day.
I've done enough for today. Clothes washed and drying, dinner made, breakfast for tomorrow laid out, showered etc, loads of admin done, shopping list for tomorrow done, loads of work stuff ready to go in the car.
Outdoors: Although I haven't yet done my hanging baskets, they are hanging up all cleaned and the supports cleaned. I've got the black plastic liner material, got the enriched compost, got the newspaper for retaining moisture, got the plants and the ivy (watered). Moved loads of gravel and levelled some land for seeding. Paint stripped a tall pine chair.
I would say that if I could have six months on my own at home I could pull this place and the garden round to a level of perfection I'd be happy with.
My neighbour has been off work since last Wednesday and, now his girlfriend is here, they're out all the time. Gadding about every day and at night as well!
Yesterday, he said I was the most industrious person he knows. His girlfriend thought I was a lazy hippy because I smoke and I don't drink but I think even she can see the chilled out life doesn't mean you have to live in chaos.
I'm starting to think I'm really competitive. It's bizarre, but then I realise that it's more about a feeling I'll be judged if I don't have everything in order.
Bought seed... laid it and watered it...
And waged an ongoing war on the dandelions!
Got a bucketful of the blighters!
Tut. The neighbour wants to rip out all the 8 foot high beech hedging and erect a 6ft fence! He cut his side back to the bone in February, and it's left great big gaps, severely impacting on privacy!
His wife has just died, and he's not thinking straight. Anyway, I had a long chat with him, this morning, The hedge is showing signs of recovery, so we're going to watch and wait. He thinks a fence will be much lower maintenance. It will. But it'll be stark, to say the least.
It's a party hedge, but he's offered to pay for much of the work and panels.
We'll see. He might change his mind. Or he could take out the hedging just on his side, and erect fence panels, leaving us with some greenery.
We musn't fall out about it.
I've just done the third mowing as rain is expected.
The grass at the back of my house really needs doing. The front, I can get away with for a bit longer as I park the car on it which inhibits the growth so its only really long around the edges.
I am hoping to find time to do both front and back this weekend, though.
I always use black bin bags for my hanging baskets. Put the basket inside the bag and them tuck up the excess into the basket making sure there is no seam or loose bits on the outside and then when you put the compost in it keeps the outside nice and tight. With plants planted in the sides or trailing plants you can't really see the plastic. Saves a lot of money on proper liners but you need to put some holes in the plastic a little way up the sides to ensure drainage of excess water.
If you have seen the forecast, the consequence of that will be the lawn being a foot higher by this time next week.
Not just greenery, The hedge will lower CO2 and contribute O2. It is time the trend to remove plants was stopped.