Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
If you're the one who regularly cuts the lawn, the chances are you'll know about moss; but do you know how to successfully treat it? David Hall shares a few tips on how to beat moss and have a healthy lawn.
Moss seems to establish quickly and will eventually spread to large areas of the lawn, strangling the weaker grasses, unless checked and eradicated.
Just to apply a moss killer is not enough and is not always the best solution. The only way to ensure permanent freedom from moss is to determine the cause, or causes, and attack them at source.
The basic point to grasp is that moss is a symptom, and not the primary cause of a poor lawn. Dampness is essential for the spread of mosses; so areas of your lawn that are always holding water will provide conditions much better suited to the growth of moss than grass!
To improve drainage, lightly scarify the lawn to remove dead thatch and other garden debris that has collected over the months. This allows the moisture to soak down to the grass roots and the air to circulate more freely.
Next aerate the lawn by spiking with a garden fork, or on heavy soils, a hollow tine fork. Do this every 9-12", always working away from the treated area.
Aerating the lawn will again help the air and water to penetrate deeper, but will also open up compacted earth below the surface that has become consolidated with use.
If the drainage is still inadequate mix some sharp horticultural sand with equal parts of parts of loam and brush into the drainage holes you have created.
Overhanging trees with low branches will inevitably cause shade and create another ideal location for moss to thrive if there is also damp conditions.
Cutting down existing trees may be impractical but where possible thin out branches allowing more light and air to penetrate onto the lawn's surface. Also think about overseeding the lawn with a more shade tolerant grass.
Another contributory factor towards moss in the lawn is shaving the lawn at less than the recommended height. This will weaken the grass, or maybe leave bare patches that will soon be colonised by invading moss.
Start the season with the mower blades set relatively high until the grass starts to grow rapidly. Adopt a spring feeding programme that will encourage the grass, and not the moss, to thrive, and in the autumn apply another feed to replenish the lawn with nutrients and revitalise it after the summer.
GardenSite announce the introduction of the Kingston Range, a brand new collection of three multi-purpose lean-to and freestanding carports and a similarly styled contemporary gazebo.
The 'Beast From the East' one year, followed by record breaking temperatures the next, no-one can say our weather is predictable but what is foreseeable is that our Garden Centre will be having a huge amount of new stock arriving for spring which officially starts on the 20th March,
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2019.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.