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July issue of The Irish Garden








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Garden Design : Paths and Paving

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Weed Wand to kill grass seedlings

How successful would the Weed wand be on grass seedlings in a gravel driveway ? i know that damaged grass grows again from the roots, so would burning the surface prevent regrowth ? city gardener, dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 18/03/2009

 

A flame weeder only damages the top of weeds. Some kinds, and small weeds, will die because they have no reserves in the roots, but some will resprout. It needs to be used regularly to control re-growth.

On gravel, the flame weeder is used as an organic alternative to path weedkillers but whether its organic credentials are all that valid is arguable ... it uses fossil fuel, produces CO2 etc.

 

 

 

want to lay patio

i want to lay a small amount of patio its about 6 FOOT BY 10 FOOT OF SPACE WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AND IF I WANTED TO EXTEND THE SPACE AND LAY FROM MY DOOR STEP OUT WHICH MEANS IT GOES DIRECTLY ON A PATH AND THEN ONTO GRASS WHAT WOULD I DO AND CAN THE SLABS BE CUT TO ACCOMODATE THE CORNERS AROUND THE STEPS AND AROUND PIPES ! HOPE YOU CAN HELP I HAVE NO IDEA BUT WANT TO TRY THIS OURSELVES CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY PROFESSIONALS vijack, tullow, Co Carlow Posted: 18/03/2009

 

If you go to this address in our Know-how section, you will find lots about laying paving.

http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=475

You can lay paving over a concrete path, on a bed of wet sand-and-cement mortar, as described. But make sure the foundation base for the continuation of the paving away from the path is solid so that it does not sink by comparison with the solidity of the concrete path.

Paving slabs can be cut with an agle grinder, which can be hired, or more laboriosly with a hammer and cold chisel, although the latter needs a bit of practice. Any reasonably good DIYer can lay paving.

 

 

 

 

builders have ruined lawn

we have builders in at the moment extending our patio it will be lovely but they have made the garden a mess in a few words no more grass its all lumpy and humpy how do we get it back into shape we are only garden novices weve a lot too learn hammers, cookstown, Co Tyrone Posted: 11/06/2008

If the lawn has been messed up, it should be up to the builders to restore it and that should have been itemised as part of the construction costs. If it was not, they can say it's not their problem.

At the very least it needs to have the humps and hollows levelled off and re-seeded. If it is very disrupted, you will need to spray it off with Roundup, cultivate it by digging or with a rotavator, allow it to settle, rake it level and re-sow. 

 

 

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