Archive : lawn

Mar 03 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 4 comments

Front garden activity

This has been such a busy weekend in the garden for me – no longer could I stand the disheveled look and the hanging, overgrown bushes. I had the energy and the will-power to get it right! With my boots and gloves on, I got out the lawn mower,  edge trimer, wheelbarrow, sheers and spade! The neighbour was thunderstruck! She could not believe that I did it all single-handedly! I even had […]

Sep 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Front garden cleanup

It has been an eventful week in my garden – with my first Louisiana Iris bloom and with the warm sunny days we have had all week, the energy is there to get the garden looking spiffy! Out came the lawnmower and the big job to cut the knee-high grass! Oh boy! What a job. As the sun sets on a productive day, I look out over my front garden and am […]

Nov 25 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 18 comments

Gardening mistakes

Most of the time, gardening is a feeling and with some research and new-found knowledge you plant and sow and usually your garden will grow – with love and lots of watering. In this past year, I have made a few mistakes and tried a few recommended tips and found that they were a waste of time. My first mistake is that sun-loving plants should not be planted in the shadow of […]

Nov 05 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 8 comments

Progress in a forgotten corner

Photo taken today - we have progress!

We all have neglected spaces in our gardens, or no? Well, I have a few, but I have a good excuse. I’ve only been gardening properly for a few months and it is taking time to get to all the areas that need work and to acquire the right plants for each space – add to that an area that was being cared for being destroyed by plumbing works and I’ve had […]

Oct 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Going Green

I had taken a number of photographs towards the end of September because my garden is bursting with green. I don’t know if you remember, but I used Blade Runner on my lawn at the end of July. Julie, from Neutrog, kindly sponsored some samples and all I can say is WOW! I am very impressed! I am so impressed with the look of my lawn – it has never been so […]

Aug 17 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 11 comments

New Lawn and instant gratification

Newly laid lawn

I’ve been battling with the small lawn area in my back garden for two years. It never looked good. I played around with the idea of getting rid of the lawn altogether, but it’s really a small area (31m²) and it’s the only “soft” area in my garden for kids to play on so I lived in hope that it would eventually grow. Then about 2 months ago we had the tree […]

Aug 06 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening | 11 comments

Weekend project and redoing the lawn


I have a huge large area in my back garden that is made up of two sections. One was destroyed by recent plumbing works and the other was previously reserved for my dog to play in and mess up to his hearts content. He has grown up and is a lot less boisterous and better behaved (well, a BIT better behaved), so its time to change what was called “Dexter’s garden” from […]

Aug 03 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

New grass patch

Hi Chris – today was the day! I fetched my grass sods from our friend, Kevin, who grows the most amazing indigenous grass. (Star Light Lawn) This grass is Cynodon – an indigenous grass, valued for its drought tolerance compared to most other lawn grasses. Also known as Bermuda grass, originally from the savannas of Africa. It grows in open areas where there are frequent disturbances such as grazing, flooding, and fire. […]

Jan 09 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

My “back garden” make-over

Back Garden January 2011

I’ve been going through hundreds of old photographs to find before pics to show you of how the back area of my garden looked when we first bought this house. It really was not attractive – it was already overgrown and was dominated by ivy, ferns and the trees! The only thing I regret is that the “gardener” I got to mow the lawn and “tidy up” the garden destroyed a huge, […]