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Creating a new bedding area with shrubs.

I am new to gardening and have a large garden of which we have done little with over the last 12 years. I want to plant shrubs and perennials in a large bed which is approx. 4.5 metres by 1.5 metres and is at the front of my two storey house. Please give me tips on how to prepare bed/grass before planting. I hear mixed reports on using mypex, fine mulch ???What is best? 040520161, Roscommon, Co Roscommon Posted: 04/05/2016

If there is existing grass, either remove the sod or turn it over an dbury it, or kill the grass once-off with Roundup spray. You can dig the soil if you wish but it is not essential and you can plant through the dead sod.
When the bed is planted, apply bark mulch, medium grade, to keep down weeds until the plants get going. If more weeds appear, use a hoe. 


Ground Wasps? or not?

Last year, we appeared to have a batch of ground wasps in our lawn. They were brown, small and came up from the soil through tiny funnel like entrances/exits. They were gone by the end of June/early July, but they are back. How can I get rid of them so they don't return next year? They appear to be in greater numbers this year. edelwilliams, Leixlip, Co Kildare Posted: 08/05/2015

These are burrowing bees, not at all common, and very valuable for pollination as honey bees have declined. They make the burrows to raise their young, usually in dry sunny banks. 

They are harmless and you should look on them as a bounty! 



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