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DaSess
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25th Jun 13 at 09:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

So obviously with the summer weather coming in the gardens need attending to, I have neglected mine for quite some time now, putting it off for aslong as possible but the mrs has getting on to me and as i'm off tomorrow i said i'd do it, so thought i would get some before and after photos for use.
Heres the garden after been neglected for months:




















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Plan of attack?
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Kill it with fire
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Feel for you, mine is an uphill battle too, was left for 2 years before moving in.

What you going to do to it then?
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Kill it with fire sounds a good option as I'm a bit scared there might be snakes in amongst all this.
Well first things first I need to try and get rid off all the weeds in the concrete then I'm going to take the grass so it's standing again (squashed down quite a bit over the last few months) then try and strim the grass down a bit so that I can get it cut and back under control. I'm probably going to need to put soil down again as were the circle concrete is in the middle of the garden there used to be soil round there but now it's just weeds (big ones at that)
That's what I'm thinking but I'm open to suggestions, thanks.
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30 strimmer from B&Q will get shut of most of that in no time. Weed killer on whats left and between flags etc.. then leave for a month or so to kill off the roots.

I need to sort mine this summer on a new build and have been fighting back the weeds for over 2 years. They grow like a mofo in spring.

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you can buy a weed killer called roundup,This stuff will kill anything in about two weeks.
Use this then start a fresh.
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quote:
Originally posted by monkeytwizzel
you can buy a weed killer called roundup,This stuff will kill anything in about two weeks.
Use this then start a fresh.


Where might I get some of this from?
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Can get from

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roundup-Fast-Action-Litres-Weedkiller/dp/B00187TTUQ/ref=pd_cp_lp_2

Sometimes they have the same cheap offer in B&Q, homebase etc... The refiill normally costs 20 but you may as well buy the pump version for the same price when time for a new one
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quote:
Originally posted by _Allan_
Can get from

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roundup-Fast-Action-Litres-Weedkiller/dp/B00187TTUQ/ref=pd_cp_lp_2

Sometimes they have the same cheap offer in B&Q, homebase etc... The refiill normally costs 20 but you may as well buy the pump version for the same price when time for a new one


Looks great, I will defiantly try that thanks.
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Bloody hell how have you manage to live with that for so long?

As said, roundup kills anything and as it's all concrete, just spray the shit out of the whole place. It'll soon all be dead.
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Well i attacked the garden today, i battled the violent hayfever i suffer from, 4 and a half hours after the battle, i have to say i've not made alot of progress heres how i done:
First strimmed it down







After that i cut the grass then strimmed around the sides














Well after the grass cutting day i have decided i'm digging up the whole garden, grass is rotten i hate it.
Didnt even get the chance to tackle the weeds but thats a definite to be continued.
one thing i have learned is that i wont be neglecting the garden again.....
Any suggestions or thoughts welcome.
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Props for doing that with hayfever! I've been suffering like mad the past couple of days!
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If you want a low maintence garden I would suggest digging out all the flower beds. Put a membrane down and then gravel.

Can put some low maintence grasses and small plants. Then dig up the circle like you have said and grass it. Need to try cut the grass every week in the current conditions.

But doing a bit often it will soon make alot if progress.
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My eyes are stinging like a bitch now...so i'm paying the price, safe to say i'm struggling to sleep this evening.

The mrs wants rid of the grass but i'm all for keeping it as think gardens look nice with grass (when looked after)
Never thought of this before reading comments but think i will dig up circle and replace with grass, thanks
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It will help with resale as well
A nice family house needs grass.
Once a week in summer it won't take long the amount you have there and very rarely in the winter.
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bite the bullet and get a skip, rag out all the shite and get shut. nuke the place with a Glyphosate herbicide. get rid of the dead stuff after a week. then rake it all to help germinate any seeds that are left, then nuke it again once they have germinated. Most people miss out this stage and wonder why the weeds have grown back.

Then turf it.

[Edited on 27-06-2013 by Ste]


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I hear what use are all saying and use are right defiantly going with the idea of grass replacing circle, going to take time but its a working progress... Watch this space
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I would spray weed killer all over the circle and flower beds once a week for a month
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Helipad
Ben G
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I agree with ste. Get rid of it all and weed kill the shit out of everything, then re-turf, else you'll be fighting a losing battle next summer when the weeds re-appear.

Good job so far though. Well done.
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Thanks everyone i agree needs weed killer sprayed all over to kill all the shit going to order some tomorrow with it being payday hopefully can get it to arrive before tuesday as tuesdays my day off and i will be back out doing the garden.

Came home from work just there and found this in my bin which was full of GRASS yes i repeat GRASS after wednesday in the garden:



so now i still have a full garden waste bin due to the soft cocks that work for the council, even the cat could of lifted the bin, i managed to get it up the bank to the end of the road and i'm no arnie (11 stone of not very much muscle).
so safe to say i'm a little pissed off and will be taking my frustration out over the phone tomorrow to the council.
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I moved loads of gravel and grass and half a tree and the bin man looked in it tried to move it, couldn't then walked off, when I questioned them they said the branches and gravel weren't garden waste, I said its gravel for my garden that I don't want therefore garden waste, they still didn't take it so an angry call to the council got it emptied within 24hrs
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When I did my garden when I first moved in...

We had about a 3 foot high, by 3 foot wide mound of soil dumped in a corner of the garden. Weeds overgrown the lot.

Week by week, I would put soil into carrier bags and put it in my normal wheely bin. After about a month or so, it was all gone and there was no need for a skip Even put the weeds and shit in there too. So just do that would be my advice, awkward bastards.
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As for weedkiller, I got some stuff off ebay called Clinic ace, Very strong stuff and does the job better than roundup.

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