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I just dug up an old tree stump that was in a yard and now theres a big hole.Can i just throw grass seed in the hole and cover it back up with dirt or is there a certain way of planting grass seed?
Grass seed needs light to germinate, and if it’s buried completely, nothing will happen until the soil is disturbed, or washed off enough that light gets to the seeds.
Hi, I’m looking to plant a privet hedge at the front of my mid terrace property and wondered if anyone could recommend a good species please?
There’s not much sun at the front as there’s a big tree blocking light. I’m ideally looking for something that is evergreen and mid-green in colour that reacts well to being trimmed.
For hedges 3-10ft plant 12-15" apart or for a denser hedge plant in a staggered double row with 15" between rows and 18" between plants. A very good supplier that I have used over the years for hedging is Buckingham Nurseries at www.hedging.co.uk. Bare root green privet works out at £1.15 each for 5-49 plants. If you are going for bare roots best to get planted up in the next two months. Keep them well watered during their first year. Don’t go for the other suggestions I think green privet will be ideal.
I was wondering how you make a frog pond,a turtle pond or a fish pond because my family eventulally wants to have ponds in our yard when they get better jobs and a better house and when they can afford it,I live indiana,what are some frog and turtle species native to Indiana that can live in ponds in back yards,I think frogs,fish,and turtles should be separated and not live In the same pond because fish eat tadpoles and small frogs,and big frogs eat fish,And turtles eat frogs and fish,I know in nature they all live together but if I have small yard ponds,they should not all be in the same pond,and I know they all have different needs,and I would rather to have a pond with these animals than have them as pets in a Aquarium or a tank because they carry germs and salmonella,I had these as Pets before. Frog Pond-What Frogs are Native to Indiana?how big and Deep would the frog pond need to be for frogs such as Bullfrogs and toads,how would I need it to be to be for it to be attractive to frogs and toads to make a new family?how would I need it to be for them to be able to hibernate in the winter? How else would I need my yard to be to attract frogs?do I need a garden?do I need bushes? Turtle Pond-can turtles come on their own like frogs can?if I had a pond for turtles,would I have to have a fence around it?how would I need it to be so the turtles can hibernate in the winter?how would I need the pond to be set up? Fish pond-how would I prevent turtles and frogs from getting in here?i already know how this would need to be set up.
Keeping the pond from freezing solid should be enough for your turtles to hibernate… they don’t really hibernate, so much as get really slow…
I have a frog pond… by the simple expedient of digging a hole for one of those plastic garden pool tubs that you get at the big box store. It’s full of tadpoles.
In Indiana, your soil might be clay enough for you to dig a pool and let the rain fill it… stock with water lilies and wait for the frogs to show up.
In my last garden, I dug out a seep spring and stocked it with gold fish. And pond lilies, pickerel weed, iris, and other water plants.
I am planting a meditation garden, that has moderate to deep shade. I already have Kentucky Bluegrass and Hostas installed, but am looking for some other ideas for color. Suggestions, anybody?
Coleus-has lots of different foliage colors
Fuchsia-lots of choices
Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (creeping Jenny, moneywort)-to trail with gold leaves
Bacopa/Sutera-ground cover, available with white, pink, lavender or blue flowers
Lobelia-provides an abundance of flowers, annual and perennial varieties; ground cover or upright plants
Impatiens-lots to choose from
Dicentra (bleeding heart)
Polemonium (Jacob’s ladder)-get the variegated kinds, so pretty!
Corydalis-so pretty ususally you find the blue and yellow kinds
Heuchera (coral bells)-lots of foliage colors to choose from
Tiarella (foam flower)-a few choices
Heucherella (foamy bells)-a cross of Heuchera and Tiarella
Lamium maculatum (dead nettle)-to allow to trail
Torenia (wishbone flower)-pretty
Begonia-lots of choices
Hedera (ivy)-good for filler, be sure to get non-invasive kind!
some Ornamental grasses will do well
Geranium (crane’s bill) – true geraniums
Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium)
Pelargonium x hortorum – fancy leaf types
Viola and pansy
Helleborus (lenten rose)
Abutilon (flowering maple)-lots of options
Ceratostigma (leadwort)-great blue flowers!
Sambucus-nice lacy foliage, look for purple leaf varieties or gold ones!
Viburnum (snowball bush)-can’t beat them in full bloom
Thalictrum (meadow rue)-nice dainty flowers
Acer (Japanese maples)-many to choose from!
You will want to double check with a good local nursery to see if these are good in your area. You can also add a few mixed containers on different height levels to add instant color and pop. I change mine up about every 3 months so that they are fresh and providing the bulk of "color" in the shady areas. These can be assorted shade annuals if you want. You can also add some specimen plants in pots and if they are elevated will create a nice focal point.
I live in North Yorkshire (England) when will the danger of frost be past and it be ok to put bedding plants in?
How long should I wait until I start raking leaves off my lawn after I just planted fresh grass seed? I planted the seed about a week ago, but there are a lot of tress in my yard, so its starting to cover the lawn…. When would it be OK to start raking them off? I also have a blower, but I assume it would not be good to use that just yet because I dont want to blow the seeds off/away. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
We have a big fish pond in our patio with a palm growing through the side of it. The ants are under the palm. It’s to big to take out. The ants are taking over my patio. My 2yr old can’t be out there for to long cause he gets bites all over him! I need an organic soultion so it won’t harm my boy, the fish or the plam.
I have a large bush that is too hard to cut with a handsaw. I don’t want anything too big or dangerous-just a nice easy to use electric saw. Can anyone recommend something?
I have some Emerald Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis) trees that I just bought and haven’t yet planted. I want them to grow as quickly as possible.
Does anyone know if Miracle Grow works for trees, especially this type of tree, or if not, is there anything to do/use that would make this type of tree grow faster?
We just moved into our new house in October. The previous owners didn’t like the grass in the back yard, so they cut the lawn out and reseeded. There are two large locust trees in the backyard that provide a great deal of shade, which explains the thin grass growth. I am hoping to plant some hostas and various perrenials along the foundation of our house. There is one thing that worries me though. The ground bordering the back of the house is bare, and grass is present about 1 1/2 feet from the house. It’s like a grassless border. Since grass isn’t growing there, does that mean nothing else will?
You can do a visual survey by digging a small hole. First look at the hole and take some soil in hand. Check your soil’s texture by picking up a handful and squeeze gently: If it feels sticky and stays in a tight mass, your soil is likely too high in clay. If it feels harsh or gritty and won’t hold any shape or crumbles it is likely too high in sand. If it feels smooth or floury and won’t hold any shape, it’s likely too high in silt. If it molds into your hand yet crumbles apart when squeezed, it has the perfect texture. It is loam.
1 inch gritty ribbon is sandy loam
1-2 inch gritty ribbon is sandy clay loam
GT 2 inch gritty ribbon is sandy clay
Black color indicates high organic matter; gray indicates medium organic matter. Red, tan or blue color indicates little organic matter and high clay. Blue color indicates that there is no oxygen in the clay. Therefore, no roots will grow in blue clay. Normally, the organic matter is mainly in the topsoil. Forest soils have a one to four inch thick layer of dark organic matter on top of mineral soil.
Amendments will depend on the soil type and organic content.
Black locust (Robinea pseudoacacia) has a shallow, aggressive root system spreading by producing root suckers. The tree leafs out late and is early to shed its foliage again. This makes it a great companion to all bulbs like scilla, tulips, narcissus, iris, and anemonies.