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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:55 am    Post subject: Lawn condition poor due to compaction during construction Reply with quote

My lawn is generally poor due to compaction during construction of the house and heavy soil i.e. clay . I have taken some photos of it at present







Would a 'feed and weed' get rid of the weeds and help the condition of the lawn? Is B&Q's own brand of feed and weed sufficient or is the brand Evergreen, as recommended by Which magazine, much superior?

Finally, what would be the easiest way to aerate the lawn - it's about 400m2 and therefore too large to use a fork on.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn condition poor due to compaction during constructio Reply with quote

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My lawn is generally poor due to compaction during construction of the house and heavy soil i.e. clay .
Would a 'feed and weed' get rid of the weeds and help the condition of the lawn?


It won't relieve your compaction, but it will improve the condition of your grass and help knock out a lot of the weeds. Try not to mow too low weakening the grass, as I see dasies which are an indication of this.


Yorky wrote:
Is B&Q's own brand of feed and weed sufficient or is the brand Evergreen, as recommended by Which magazine, much superior?


Much of a muchness all of them. A general purpose lawn feed, sulphate of iron and liquid weedkiller would work out a lot cheaper in the long run.

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Finally, what would be the easiest way to aerate the lawn - it's about 400m2 and therefore too large to use a fork on.


Have a look at this post How to revive your lawn after the rain.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A general purpose lawn feed, sulphate of iron and liquid weedkiller would work out a lot cheaper in the long run.


Thanks for yoyr reply. Are these available in combined form?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A general purpose lawn feed, sulphate of iron and liquid weedkiller would work out a lot cheaper in the long run.


Thanks for yoyr reply. Are these available in combined form?


These are combined to make up your weed and feed that you buy in your local garden centre.
I think what Verge was trying to say was in cooking terms....... You either buy the ingredients (economical, apply individually) or else you opt for convenience, pay more and buy the cake instead (3 in 1, weed and feed). Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always collect the grass cuttings so there doesn't seem to be any moss and little other dead matter - should I still scarify it?

A scarifier is expensive to hire - €50 - would this one on Ebay be any good Lawn Scarifier.



An aerator is even more expensive - €70 per half day - would these lawn aerator shoes be nearly as good

lawn aerator shoes


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of those pages will display for me Yorky, bits of the address missing or something. For what it is worth the lawn shoes are a waste of time as they dont go deep enough and you will look like a plonker wearing them. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have edited the post - should be working now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Scarifying and aerating a lawn Reply with quote

I've persuaded my local hire shop to get a hollow tine aerator and it should be arriving soon. Could anyone provide a step-by-step guide to lawn renovation i.e.

Should I aerate or scarify first?
Should the soil plugs from the aerator be left on the ground or collected ?If so how?
What sort of sand should the holes be filled with and what is the best way to do this?
I've got some organic lawn feed - should I use this last of all?

Thanks in advance for any answers to the above and any other tips.


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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Scarifying and aerating a lawn Reply with quote

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I've persuaded my locla hire shop to get a hollow tine aerator and it should be arriving soon.


How much is it to hire a day Yorky?
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Scarifying and aerating a lawn Reply with quote

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Should the soil plugs from the aerator be left on the ground or collected ?If so how?


This question answered recently http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1250.html
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is a nice 3min video on BBC's gardeners world website, see video projects
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two good ones here as well Spring Lawncare, How-to Video



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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies but:

I can't find the Gardener's World video

What sort of sand should the tined holes be filled with and what is the best way to do this?
I've got some organic lawn feed - should I use this last of all?
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sharp sand or grit sand should be used, not any of that soft plastering sand that most people have lying around. I know I have. Sharp sand is just that, sharp, and it has a larger particle size than soft sand. Grit sand is commonly used as a bedding material for paving.
But it can be easy to get the two mixed up so go to your local garden centre and ask to see their horticultural grit, it is similar to this that you need. Who knows, the garden centre may sell it in bulk at a decent price, otherwise you will be contacting your local quarry. Over time the sand that you brush in can become hard, so I suggest you mix it 50/50 with moss peat before spreading initially to prevent this.

Best way to do it is to spread liberally with a wheelbarrow and shovel then brush in or work in with the back of a flat rake. Don't worry if you cant make it all disappear by brushing, just so long as you have no heaps of it covering the grass and blocking out light. The rain will do the rest.

Apply the lawn feed a week or so after hollow tining and sanding to give the lawn a boost.

Now as a matter of interest how much is the aerator costing you to hire a day Yorky?
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for such a detailed reply.

Have you any idea what quantity of sand I will need per square metre?

As for the hire cost I'm waiting for a price with baited breath!
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