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Hey everyone, I love spamming so thought ill post another little diary about my progression in the very neglected garden 😅 lost my recent job so had alot spare time after tending my babies. 🌱 

Invested quiet a bit Into the garden already 

3 tonnes of seedling soil 

50 bags of decorative slate 

250L top soil

150L compost 

About 2 weeks of therapy/massage bills. (Jk)

Regrets were made after deciding I was redoing the entire grass by hand. Took me awhile to decide though To much excitement very little sense lol 

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This is a rough photo of before, up close the grass was invested with moss 90% take over and 9% weed leaving like 1% dam grass. 

At first I raked the shit out of it took like a day and decided to try compost the moss (lol) there was so much that came off the grass I'm gutted I did get a photo. But I filled 2 compost bins with it 🤭

After seeing the damage I realised I'm better of just starting from scratch. So I forked the living shit out of the soil and turned it all over and raked as much I could 

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I then added this top soil treated for grass seedling from this rolawn firm, was like £100 per tonn of there soil, cheaper to buy that speciallu for grass seeds then any other soil/prices I found 

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With all the roots and crap I gathered up I had such massive pile to get rid of I've decided to use this soil for a raised bed and then top it up with some normal top soil and compost but giving it a good height so no bending over is required for the plot, 

I circled of a area in the ground and intend to make a 6ftx6ft raised bed with metal roofing sheets as a barrier, be roughly 700mm high of the ground, 

(To be brought and made) 

I also added stepping stones after the first ton of toil soil went down giving them a jetwash prior,  is bit of a mix and match but what we had 😅

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I've never grown grass seeds before so shall be interesting see how it goes, I'm currently ready for seeds to go down I believe but wanted the ground to settle more and also allow weeds to come through so I can kill them off before seeds down.

If anyone got any experience to share or any input please do! I have no clue what I'm doing and just spent last few days watching videos 🙃  

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Topic starter Posted : September 23, 2021 3:21 pm
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Couple before photos

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Also going to attempt make my own compost, so made a little area in picture 3. Also decided to get rid of all the moss and start fresh, currently layered cardboard and leafs withfood scraps atm

Also made another little raised bed area with outside table to work on but won't be anything special there for awhile 😅

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yer man nice garden, but fuck knows how to grow grass lol 

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@macky thanks dude defo got it potential but was neglected for like 15+ years xD reading it up and apparently, I've only got couples weeks left to do it! but i wanted to wait a couples weeks for weeds to grow through! panic is real lol otherwise 6 months away my next chance! 

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Big job there man. As for how to grow grass.. where I am it’s more about keeping the grass from growing. Any bare patch with a little light and moisture will be overgrown in a month or so. I don’t know much about colder climates tho other than look at your soil ph. From friends that live further north I know moss can become a problem if the ph is out of range for growing grass but again because that’s not common where I live so I have no other details. For weed control there are many selective herbicides to use in turf lawns but you need to be certain any weed control products are compatible with your type of grass. These are designed to kill the weeds and leave the grass alone. Once upon a time I used them regularly, the grass was thick and lush, but my Mrs asked me to stop because believe it or not, she likes the weeds 🤷🏻‍♂️. 

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@monkeydo Yeah i didnt realize how big of a job it was untill i turned all the soils for the first time, then i realized i had to rake it about 3-4 times and even then still tons of old roots, i was tempted to go with the herbicides but hit my budget in the end so opted to try without and do the more labour intensive way lol (regrets) 

Im more in the south near the sea, i rarely see any nice grass nowadays so was keen to try make my own, i desire that thick lush green so badly! im stunned that your mrs got you to stop! xD although am finding it quiet pricey just to maintain the lush green if able to grow it in the first place lol ive got myself some early fert feed aswell late autum feed and all the seeds, probably spent more on the garden then recent grow setup lol

is there a budget way to test soil PH withouth buying one them ones u stick in the ground, probably dumb question but can i just get a little fabric pot and check ph level before and after it goes into the soil? 

I did buy this solution that suppose to kill weeds/moss and save grass but applying it on some the weeds on my grass before i turned it all had no effect and was the perticular weeds tht was resistant to it. so instead buying more i saved 90% tht bottle to maintain the new grass attempt

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Beautiful garden man, would kill for something like that. Looks like you could have a few sneaky spots for undercover outdoor grows 😜

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@rufio Cheers man much appreciated, yeah you not wrong i was just waiting for the right time for that and wanted to keep the garden tidy to stop any pests xD the sole ambition to redo the soil was the gnat problem i noticed, not sure if they just hiding or what but reduced massively just from turning the soil over on a hot week with no rain

anyone know the recommended time for outdoor plant grows for the south UK ? 

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Love the garden mate, that place looks amazing, If I just randomly saw those pics I would thought it was in Italy, Spain or the south of France or some place like that.

What kinda trees is that hairy ones.lol 😉 

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@stootie haha thanks fella I'm very isolated so definitely nice to have a decent garden 🥰 

It's a type of palm tree I believe it's trachycarpus fortunei but not 100% my old man brought it like 20 years ago

got 3 of them scattered around xD 

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@lucas3330 Be good if the neighbours would bugger off too so it was a bit more isolated, get a glass roof over the whole garden and fill her up with weed, a big cannabis hedge round it, it would compliment old hairy palms 🤣 Did your old man buy all of them of is the other trees from seeds from one in the pic.

You must have been sensing I wanted to know how old it was, I was going to ask but forgot.lol

Very nice man, youve done a cracking job gettin it lookin like that 👍 😉 

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@stootie I think he brought them all at a young age probably around ft high so they stable enough to be planted and they just took really well, I wouldn't know how to extract the seeds from it but it does occasional produce a branch with bunch berry type things 🤔 but they eventually just die off  gettiing stuck in the tree all dead barely falling off the branch I would love to try extract the seeds now if it's possible!! 😅 

 

You not wrong about the neighbours although one side is pretty sweet and ex weed smokers too, they would be only one with full view of the garden, as the dodgy neighbours are connected at the back the garden rather then the sides, green house might be a tad to much much we right next to airport we have heli over and all sorts flying constantly soon it legal tho. The whole garden getting turned upside down for it 

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Some progression photos but backwards 😅

Can't seem to post the other newer photos as there larger then 20mb rip😂 but it alot greener 💀take my word for it 😇

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 lol one way to do it 😅 don't know why it was 32mb photo. Guess it all that green aye 😅

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It's taking shape Lucas 😎  I never noticed the smiling faces peeping out of the ground till now.lol I love that garden, its smart as fuck.

Im looking forward to seeing it with a full head of hair 😆 😉 👍 

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