I moved last autumn and bought my first house with a garden.
I`m quite happy with the garden as it is, lots of flowering shrubs and a
few trees, the lawn looks a little worse for wear so i`ve been looking
at how best to fix this. the problems are:
1) LOTS of moss in the lawn.
2)compacted soil (when i water it in the evening the water very quicly
3) Various weeds such as dandilions
4) Bald patches, some of these can be attributed to me getting used to
my new garden tools others to the alliopathic effects of nearby trees,
but the previous house owner had a dog and i`m assuming that this could
be the cause of such patches.
My basic plan is 3 fold;
1) airate the soil using a garden fork. (how far apart should put the
2) proprietary lawnfeed/moss killer
3) lots of hard work with the rake to remove dead moss and thatch.
I`ll also over seed the lawn at a later date.
Does any one else have any tips?
how does one "lime" the soil? as surely the lime would burn the living
I added some weed/feed stuff yesterday and after popping out this
morning I noticed that all the moss seems to be turning black.
So seems like i`m on to a winner, only problem is I know I now have many
hours of raking it out ahead of me.
At garden shops or online you can find simple soil test kits that will
you test the soil PH. You don't say the area involved, but aerating
hand anything but the smallest areas isn't practical. I'd rent a core
aerator from a tool rental place. That takes out plugs about 5/8" in
diameter and 2 inches deep. It also obviously REMOVES soil to
open it up, where as using a fork creates tiny holes by pushing
the soil to the side, ie compacting it elsewhere.
After core aeration, I'd consider topdressing with a mix of humus,
which could be one or more of topsoil, peat moss, compost, sand
, etc, depending on what the compostion is of what you have now,
what you have available locally, etc. You also might want to wait
to do the above until Fall and re-seed at the same time. If you
have crap grass and want a nice, uniform lawn, might be best
to kill it all off with Roundup in late summer, then renovate.
I added some weed/feed being bygone and afterwards bustling out this
morning I noticed that all the moss seems to be axis black. So seems
like i`m on to a winner, alone botheration is I apperceive I now accept
abounding hours of raking it out advanced of me.
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