Over the last two weeks, I’ve managed to get things done in the garden and also added some winter plants while not spending a fortune. You can spend a fortune on gardening equipment,plants and treatments however my exploits prove you can “Do Gardening” on a budget if you shop around.
Our two cyclamen/viola pots came in at around £7 all in. The Violas were from Morrisons on a 3 for £3 deal while a 4 cyclamen pack cost just £2. The pots I had already however these cost me just £1 each from Poundstretcher.
A couple of days later I had equally good luck getting hold of two metal wall baskets for the small sum of £7.98 (£3.99 each) also from Poundstretcher, as well as more cyclamen (4 pack) from Aldi for just £2.00.
Once back at home I set to work putting them up underneath the kitchen window and planted them soon after. I’d learned my lesson when drilling into brick walls this time drilling into the mortar rather than the bricks and this time, I used a masonry drill which I rediscovered after tidying up my tool box.
They went up easily and when planted looked much more expensive than the pittance I’d actually spent. On Monday the weather was dry and windy and when the sun was out it was actually fairly warm and rather pleasant.
The previous Thursday I had treated the lawn with Scotts Evergreen 4in1 so by Monday it looked like it had done its job.Evergreen 4in1 can be used to achieve a rich green lawn, killing dandelions, white clover, plantains and moss with its unique greening formula.
It has a high potassium content which helps to build a thicker, tougher lawn and protect against drought and wear.
4 in 1 also has more nitrogen than many brands of feed, weed and moss killer giving the best greening power for your lawn.Applying it to lawns any time between April and September when weeds are actively growing can bring great results. You should apply it when the weather is fair, the soil moist and the grass dry and frost free.
Avoid mowing the lawn 2-3 days before and after treatment.If no rain falls within 2 days, water the lawn thoroughly so that the lawn food starts to work. After three days with rain it was time to work on the weeds,moss and thatch (dread debris/dead grass). First I decided to scarify it,scarifying gets rid of the rubbish and helps the grass stand tall so aids cutting. I didn’t have a scarifier so I used my £4 rake and dragged it behind me, as I walked up and down.
It worked a treat and on one 4ft square area I raked up a whole bucket of moss. Thatch is a layer of organic matter that accumulates on a lawn around the base of the grass . Thatch is a combination of living and dead plant matter including crowns, stolons, rhizomes and roots.
I scarified it up and down and across,doing the same when I cut it and I have to say it came up wonderfully well. Once I’d finished it, I cut the edges before trimming the hedge on the far side and watering the plants, finishing just before the rain arrived.