Lawns and Groundcover by coll.

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Utilizing a mix of simply obtainable details and encouraging pictures, the Simple Steps sequence promotes gardening as a true excitement instead of a back-breaking chore.

In Lawns and Groundcover, you will find a one-stop consultant to making and keeping attractive lawns, meadows, or beds of groundcover.

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However in large spaces it may be more practical to choose moisture-loving species such as snake’s head fritillaries, which will thrive in damp meadow situations. Perennial weeds It is essential that persistent perennial weeds such as nettles and thistles are removed at the time of sowing or planting, or otherwise they may prove difficult to deal with later on. Impoverishing the soil Over small areas, dig out the top layer of rich topsoil, and use it as needed in the rest of the garden so that it doesn’t go to waste.

Place small pieces of turf away from the edge of the lawn to prevent them from drying out. 29), and ensure that it is level. Roll the turf out and once in place, firmly tamp down with the back of a rake. If possible, the first row of turf should be laid along a straight edge, such as a path. 2 Ensure the ends of each piece are butted up closely to each other and pressed down firmly to prevent them from drying out. The joints of each row should be staggered, similar to brickwork, since this creates a more sturdy lawn.

Once the lawn starts to root, it can have its first cut at the mower’s maximum height. 34 How to sow, plant, and lay turf Shaping a lawn Transforming an existing rectangular It can create extra planting spaces or lawn into a rounded or circular shape give new opportunities to use materials can change the whole feel of the garden. such as slate (shown here) in the gaps. 1 Take time to measure out the new shape and size of your lawn before beginning the physical work. Sketch out the design on a piece of paper first, and then use a tape measure to transfer these measurements onto the lawn.

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