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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer the question about Scarifying, you can do it Just by raking, or using a machine. You should be able to get a machine for around €50, either a manual one or electric.

Heres is a little video on how to use a rake to scarify, nothing complicated, and if it is a small lawn, you will have it done in no time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q807WoOc_4

Once the thatch is removed, then overseed.....water and once the new grass starts to grow, you will be amazed how good the lawn will look with even this small bit of effort.

If you are having trouble getting weedkiller, then have a look at RHS non- chemical advice on their website. I have link here and also quoted the section below.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=369

The trouble with any selective weedkiller, is that they won't get all the weeds. You will still have to do some weeding at some point.

Also I wouldn't handfork the weeds. you could use something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Bky74_2pM


Quote:
Non-chemical controls
There are a number of non-chemical options to try first;

    Feeding, aerating and scarifying will encourage the grass to be more vigorous and so make it more difficult for the weeds to compete
    Remove rosette-type weeds, such as dandelion, daisy and plantain, with a handfork
    Dig out weeds resistant to weedkillers in autumn; and re-turf or re-seed
    Rake over and then mow to discourage creeping weeds such as speedwells, white clover, silverweed and sorrels
    Apply garden lime to acid soils in the winter. Dress with lime at 50g per sq m (1˝oz per sq yd) to deter weeds such as sorrels and field woodrush
    Avoid close mowing, particularly with parsley piert and pearlwort, as this can weaken the grass and allow the weeds in


the most important thing is that ti doesn't all have to be done at the one time...do a little at a time and enjoy yourself.....that's what gardening is about
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