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Old 27-04-2019, 06:45 PM   #11
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My lawn is a disaster, I just live with it, and the torts enjoy it.
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Old 27-04-2019, 07:37 PM   #12
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My lawn is a disaster, I just live with it, and the torts enjoy it.
In my eyes lawns are not supposed to be perfect, as nothing else is:0)
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Old 27-04-2019, 10:28 PM   #13
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A kettle of hot water directly onto the weeds would be safe to try. I wouldn't be leaving the weeds on my lawn, before long you will have no lawn and an area of weeds where your lawn used to be
We've always left the weeds in our lawn as that's all that keeps it green when the grass dies during the dry summer months. The tortoises that go on it from time to time enjoy the weeds as do the wild rabbits and the moles love to tunnel in it as well. It also means that it doesn't matter when the kids wear out patches playing cricket and football it always come back as it was before.
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Old 28-04-2019, 10:21 AM   #14
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Tried that and had a lovely brown patch all summer where the hot water burnt the grass!
I stick to digging them out now.
Hubby usually does a feed and weed type thing in the winter thatís dog-friendly and then in the spring up come the Catís Ear and Dandies without fail. The main issue we have is with too much moss.
Emma that sounds exactly like ours, moss, daisies and Cat's Ear. My wife did the feed and weed thing and it left bare patches but has grown back again but so have the weeds. I was going to try a weed burner but the bloke next door told me that before we moved here, he used a weed burner on his and it set fire to his garden AND the hedge between him and his neighbour on the other side of him and he had to get the fire brigade. His neighbour was on holiday abroad and came home to a charcoal hedge
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Old 28-04-2019, 02:48 PM   #15
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Emma that sounds exactly like ours, moss, daisies and Cat's Ear. My wife did the feed and weed thing and it left bare patches but has grown back again but so have the weeds. I was going to try a weed burner but the bloke next door told me that before we moved here, he used a weed burner on his and it set fire to his garden AND the hedge between him and his neighbour on the other side of him and he had to get the fire brigade. His neighbour was on holiday abroad and came home to a charcoal hedge
Oh no! You definitely canít try the weed burner then!
Bet your neighbourís neighbour was not amused when he came back from his holiday. I donít know why I find that funny as Iíd go mental if it happened to me, but itís just the thought of a weed burner getting so out of control the fire brigade had to come.

Our torts have their enclosures rather than roam the lawn so I often get the trowel out to transplant any good weeds into the weed patch before hubby mows, but itís amazing how quickly they grow back after he does! I donít mind the moss too much as I often use it for crafting and I like to lift it and put it around the pots as they look quite pretty and whimsical with moss, but hubby likes to keep the lawn looking nice. Hilarious really as he doesnít do the gardening and hasnít a clue what anything is. Thatís definitely my role.

I still remove anything toxic regardless, because of the dogs.
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Old 28-04-2019, 07:00 PM   #16
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Weeds are only plants where you don't want them !!!!!! yaaaaah.

I actually pick as many dandelion heads and then they go to seed and I plant them all over the lawn. My neighbours love me....CB
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Old 28-04-2019, 08:13 PM   #17
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Weeds are only plants where you don't want them !!!!!! yaaaaah.

I actually pick as many dandelion heads and then they go to seed and I plant them all over the lawn. My neighbours love me....CB

Bringing the tone of the neighbourhood down in one blow!
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Thanks for the advice. I'm not overly precious about weeds but the garden looks a mess and it's just getting worse. I will definitely leave some for Horacio.
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Monty will tell you to mow some of it and strategically place some long grass areas ( ie don't mow) and let the weeds grow up / wild flowers and mow around into shapes - it then looks like a cottage garden if this suits. It also allows more time, less mowing, whilst impressing your friends over tea and chat you are an expert landscaper, especially if you mow into a heart shape (I kid you know this is very impressive looking at a garden up the road. clip the edges though and leave any long grass or mossy areas around trees or shrubs , produces a lot of wildlife and bugs, CB
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Not convinced by the heart shape or the maintenance it would take to keep it that way.
Our lawn was a perfect circle when we bought the house... and then ripped out half the garden for the tort enclosures and a weed patch!
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