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    Oh I like the idea of having 1 of those Davidson's Plums...............
    I just planted a heap of veg & herb seeds from the diggers club & can not wait to see how they go, all heirloom verities.

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    ok so headed to the nursery the other day (sorry guys been a bit busy ) was chatting to an awesome old man about all the different ways to get a nice lawn / keep away weeds etc.

    we settled on a kill weed and help grow lawn for the front yard (because the weeds have overtaken the grass) havent seen any changes yet but we will soon hopefully. the dogs dont go out there much but we made sure they were kept off until after some rain fell the other day just to be sure.

    we got just enough potting mix for what we needed and as Hyacinth said there is only a problem if there is a build-up of mildew. if its on the garden there is nothing to worry about. he said the dogs wouldnt be affected by it but we had to lock them away so they wouldnt insist on 'helping' us

    we have some gravel in the back so have decided instead of treating the lawn we are just going to train the dogs to go toilet on the gravel so we don't get yuck yellow patches and then it can grow naturally

    and the easiest way to keep weeds out of the garden bed is to get a ground covering plant apparently so its either that or manual weeding .... i think i like the ground covering ... though it could just turn out to be another place the dogs will like to stretch out

    phew i think thats it. thanks for all the help its been great!! keep sharing though really!!
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    muntries are a native ground cover that have an edible berry that adds a cinnamon taste to chutneys and jams. That's why I want to grow it...

    A friend has thyme as a ground cover. With all the rain they've had - its gone bunta and smells nice when you walk on it. Unfortunately mine died - from neglect I suspect.

    Nasturtiums have done a good job out competing weeds in part of my garden bed - now they are the weed. However the kikuyu gets in everywhere.

    Weed and feed takes about a month to have a noticeable effect. Be patient. In that time new weeds can germinate - so it pays to wander around and hand weed any weed babies. My front yard alternates between sour sobs in winter and kikuyu in summer. However the kikuyu lives in my back lawn happily all year round - max sun I suppose.

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    My family are the only poeple in australia who grow kikuyu for seed "Eykamp Kikuyu"
    When my grandfather first wanted to farm it he was told he was mad & that kikuyu was actully classified as a weed in some places. If you drive the coast of NSW regularly you'll notice it has totally changed in look from all the kikuyu the dairy farmers around there plant.
    Has it's good & bad points being that it grows like mad in summer & can be hard to control but it's great at out competing weeds & soil errsion on creek & dam sides. Can get a rust deisese but thats about it.

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    There is a kikuyu they're selling around here which is a sterile form, ie no seeds. And it's not supposed to be as invasive, and it's just as durable and hardy.

    It has survived two drought periods and an almost record wet in my back yard - not to mention what the dog does to it.

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    Yes it's taken years to develop is less invasive but still in the early stages yet. Kikuyu is sold all over the world under different names but if you look at the producers unless it's turf it will always be Eykamp or Icamp produced.
    It is very hardy & poeple are always amazed at how good my grass is considering the amount of dogs I have.
    I had my stallion in a backyard sized yard for a yr & although it look like dirt once he was finished digging it up yet next summer it's back thicker than ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Tarja View Post
    ok so headed to the nursery the other day ......I edited the body out.........phew i think thats it. thanks for all the help its been great!! keep sharing though really!!
    Good stuff Kaz Tarja.

    Hope it works out for you & the pups.

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    Kaz,
    Sounds like your going to have a wonderful dog & poeple freindly garden............ Good luck with it.

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