Don Burke's Green Thumbs - The Gardening & Lawn Porn thread

With the caveat that I’m in the inner west, so not a massive lawn, I find mowing pretty Zen, as long as I remember to charge the wireless earbuds…. Can just ignore whatever else is going on at home and I know that I’ll be pretty satisfied after mowing, coz it rubs out that kikuyu/weed/winter grass and looks lush and flat, even if it is only for a day or two

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Or you just prefer it to not look like a dusty shit tip.

I spend way more time and money watching shit football than on the lawn. Wouldn’t want to give up either though as both go great with beer.

Be a real man and get your own pitch going

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French aristocracy. Lawns are unproductive and if people think they’re work now, in the 18thC they were a lot more work. They were about saying look at me, I have so much cash I can just spend it on grass for the look prettys.

I knew it was the French aristocracies fault!

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Even when it was the bears, I knew it was them!

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Really? My nephews are more interested in blasting soccer balls at a goal. You put a veggie bed in there, their more likely to destroy it with an errent ball than to be really interested in picking it. Even my 3 year old will have a 10 second look in the in-laws giant veggie garden, before running straight for a ball or for the trampoline

Don’t make the same mistake as I did. When we first moved out of home, I had no clue on lawn care or anything else. Had a whole bunch of winter grass pop up. The idiot in me thought the grass was seeding… Left it, then I mowed it and I’ve been fighting the f*ckers ever since. In saying that, i’m winning the battle. Last year I was out in the grass every day in spring pulling the stuff up. Now a weekly check with a few pulled up is a win!

Living in Central London I don’t have a garden, but there are plenty of amazing parks around.

Recently there is a trend towards planting wildflowers in parks and public spaces at the moment, I really love the look of them. Looks great when otherwise unused expanse of grass is covered in flowers for half of the year, like this example from the Tower of London moat, which they have done permanently over spring/summer.

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Im in West Ryde and notnsure if its natural or someone does it, but every spring the nature strips are filled with wild flowers. Looks amazing!

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This thread makes me wish I had a garden!

Just watching a professional gardener doing a lawn down the hill. He mowed before he did the edging.

Surely you edge first so that there are no clippings left on the lawn, right?

Yep that is how I’ve always done it. Just makes sense to do the edges first imho

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Maybe it’s because it’s extreme jobs, but this dude always seems to mow first, but then he can pull his blower out and go nuts and they always seem to bag the clippings.

I had a crack at flowers this season. It took a while before they really started to take off. But they’re producing a heap at the moment, a week before our first frost. Was pretty stoked with this lot I brought in this arvo.

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Dude, that’s excellent!

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thanks mate! It was actually pretty good fun. I picked out a few that i liked and they shipped in spring, Planted them in some raised beds and let them go nuts.
My wife loves fresh cut flowers, so I could definitely see this becoming a hobby.

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If you keep the bulbs they will regrow again next summer.

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Yup that’s the plan. Just need to dig them up and store them over the winter out here as the tubers have a tendency to rot.

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Awesome. I only discovered that this year by accident as I didn’t read up on them and grew mine from seed and left one in as an experiment.