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Sue G

Silly question

The house we live in was built on farm land, previous owners never bothered with the garden when they bought it, so the grass area isn't completely flat (lumpy). How can i get all the grass area flat, next door neighbour said i should walk around stamping the ground while it is really wet..
As he is french not sure he isn't joking.
Anyone have better ideas.

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SusanM

Grass

Well that depends on how lumpy it is and how flat you want it . A roller if it is not too bad or cut off the tops of the lumps and fill in the hollows . I believe you have children so it is never in my Mums words "going to be a bowling green lawn "

Best of luck doing it . Ours is still not flat after 31 yrs here !!!!

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Sue G

grass

Thanks SusanM, you were quick,
might ask someone if they have a roller.

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Biggles !

Grass

Hi Sue, we have a similar problem as we do still have a field rather than a garden. We have noticed that just after 2 years the grass was looking much better and flatter, just because of regular mowing.

We use a petrol mower that moves by itself really and we only have to guide it, ground is too bumpy with some intersting rills for a ride on mower anyway. Having had a couple of tractors removing the building debris creating several depressions I'm half minded to ask a farmer to drop in and turn the worst part over for us.

Our soil is clay based so we do try and avoid walking on when it is very wet as it will just compact and become very difficult to do anything with. We bought some seed potatoes and onions the other week. How about hiring a rotovator and creating a veggie plot on the bumpiest part of the garden? I'm continuing my trials this year of weed control by using vinegar diluted in water as I think this is less harmful to people and animals than many chemicals, also it's so much cheaper. I hope to be out spraying over the weekend.

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Sue G

grass

Hi biggs,

that is the trouble the garden still looks like a field. it is only small and i do cut the grass quite often and it is just bumpy cutting it.

I am trying to seperate a section just for the dogs and the other for the kids.

As we rent the house we asked if we could do a veg patch but he said no. Might see if i can buy cheap containers for the kids to grow things

Might try the vinegar with water for the weeds, how much of each do you use, red or white or does it really matter.????

Next door gave me home made weed killer last year, smelt like sh.t, don't even want to think of how he made it.

My garden plan is
sort out the bumps
kill the weeds
kill the ants

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Biggles !

Ants....

Ha ha Sue, do let me know how you sort the bumps, how about Petanque?

For the weeds I'm using one part vinegar to five parts water. I buy the cheapest vinegar available and I spray with one of those jobbies that go on your back but I'm sure a watering can will do as well, just keep well away from any plants you do want to keep.

Ref the ants I use Anti Formi available in supermarkets, Brico's. Tis brilliant stuff. Best if you can put it into a container that only the ants can access. Place on their run and they will come in their hundreds, take the liquid back to the nest and in less that 2 days you will be almost ant free. I only use it in the house because I don't like to kill things but if the ants insist on coming indoors then it becomes their look out. Didn't have to use it last year, they can have free run in the garden and feed my chooks. Getting 3 chooks next week :0) If you can't find the stuff let me know and I'll post some to you.

We grew cucumbers, tomatoes and capsicums in containers the year before last. Have a look for some grow bags, they are great for tomatoes.

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Lind

Biggs

Hi Biggs,

Is this your first trial of the vinegar weed killer? I have some really strong grasses in my garden in Greece. I've put down a membrane and covered the border with chippings but this stuff grows straight through everything. I'm not fond of using chemicals but I think I need something strong.

Lind

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Biggles !

Lind...

Hi Lind, I came across some info last autumn and had a couple of sprays at ratio 5-1 and it was quite successful. There is a trial being carried out in the UK. It's not 100% effective and if I remember correctly there are some succulent type weeds that it is not so very successful on. But it worked on my 'witchety' grass (a sort of couch grass with an umbrella type seed head. I'm hoping to have even more success by starting earlier. And I'm happier using the vinegar which I'm supposing is not as harmful to the environment and animals and insects.

What is successful is the thermic lance, operated by butane gas, a cube, but I can't use that in the rain or if it too windy (also when it is very dry I need hubby on standby with the hose pipe - you probably know quite well how the flames spread rapidly through the bone dry underthatch, so I never leave it to chance)!!!

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Expat Badger

vinegar

will try that 5:1 trick - very strict rules here about chemicals in your gardens so this could be a winner

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Chazza

Thermic Lance !?!?!?!

Biggs, I've been watching this thread grow and resisting the temptation to just chip in, but a thermic lance! Wow, I'm seriously impressed. Thems some serious ants!

Sue G, since I'm here now, I think you should check whether your neighbour has small horns and a teeny little tail before you take any of his advice.

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Biggles !

Thermic lance ???

Dats for the weeds Chazza.

Maybe my new chooks will love ants doused in vinegar :0)

Just had a quick look for the original vinegar trial site and not located it, my pooter is not well organised at the mo!!! but a Google on vinegar weedkiller will bring up a selection of views/reviews.
Horses and Courses and the 80:20 rule apply for me :0)

Maybe not a perfect solution, but every little helps; we do have a fair bit of land to keep under some kind of control and I have a wonderful variety of flora and fauna which I aim to retain (apart from any vipres). The French love watching me with the lance if I'm on la rue and we have mangled conversations about ecological advantages of such equipment. All this seems to be quite a novelty to my neighbours. Now me, I'm not so sure but it lights the bonfire and BBQ stupendously well and that's another debate entirely about ecological methods, or not.....

Do I pollute the atmosphere etc. by driving a 60 - 80 km round trip to the dump or do I burn and utilise the ash and so on .... answers on a postcard please :0)

Fascinating!

Like Chazzer I too have been following this thread, I am truly amazed at how interested I was in it.

When I saw the Thermic Lance title I thought it had turned in to a medical forum!

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Chazza

Why I was surprised ...

Look up 'Thermic Lance' on line, gentle readers.

They "cut through Steel, Iron, Bullet Proof Glass, Concrete, Granite, High Density Barrier Hard Plates and all other known materials".

Apparently they're very handy for removing entire railway bridges, etc.

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Sue G

chazza

Hi chazza,
Checked out my neighbour's this morning, no horns or little tails but both full of bull sh.t.

He is the sort of person that has an answer for everything. He told my hubby once to have the dogs treated with flea treament as he saw tic's in the grass.

Getting back to my grass, might just give up on the idea of having a flat lawn, after all the kids will be running about on it all summer.
Bought three bottles of vinegar today so might try it out on the weeds tomorrow, hopefully will kill both weeds & ants, i know it is terrible to kill things but they had their chance last year.

Next plan is to make some boxes, so the kids can grown some veg during the summer. Have loads of wood in the garage to make some boxes,
off to borrow some soil from across the road where they are building new houses.

Like the new hair do.

 
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