Some remedial work in the garden

We have a problem with moss on the so called lawn in our garden and my husband has tried to get rid of the moss but with no success so we have decided to get rid of the lawn instead.This photo gives you an idea of how poor the lawn is so we are making garden beds with pathways instead.

I started out by extending the original beds slightly

and then putting a couple of beds in the middle of the lawn.

I have only cut out the shapes and haven’t done the digging yet on this side of the garden.

This is the other side of the front garden before I started work.

I have managed to get a bit more done on this side. This is it marked out ready for digging.It is tough going as the soil is compacted and full of couch grass roots and moss.  Good exercise for me.

This is what garden websites have to say about couch grass which doesn’t get enough sun or water.

Couch lawn, however, can become straggly, form bare patches and look very poor if it does not receive enough water or nutrients (fertiliser), or is growing in the shade, which is too heavy for the lawn to tolerate.

Couch is also an invasive grass. It will require garden edging to ensure that it doesn’t begin to grow into and overtake garden beds. This is easily done through regular garden maintenance by pulling out any runners which have crept into the garden. It’s when we do not do this regular maintenance that we can begin to find Couch that may have grown excessively into our shrubs and bushes.”

One bed done, three to go.  The pathways will be done in eucalyptus chip so the finished result should be less maintenance for us.  We have ordered soil to top up the beds so they are raised above the level of the pathway.

Weeding, the ugly part of gardening.

Couch grass!  Couch Grass is often listed as an invasive weed and I can attest to the fact that it certainly is invasive! It is very difficult to get rid of from the garden. If you leave a little bit behind it grows into a new plant. The runners seem to go for miles and I spent a great deal of time today trying to get rid of the couch grass as well as the pea type weed you can see in the picture.

This is how the orchard looked before I started today.

Those are raspberries on the right.

This photo I took because I wanted to let you see the unusual fungus we have growing in the orchard.  The fungi are the little red marks on the ground in the right of the picture.  You will need to look closely to see them.

Here is a close-up picture.  This is how they look when they first appear.  Notice all the flies on the sticky tip.

I think they may be stinkhorn fungi.

This is how they look when they open up.  You can see two flies on this one.  Anyway enough of the fungi and back to my weeding.

I spend most of the day weeding.  During my time in the garden I was visited by an echidna so I took a few photos of that as well.

The echidna didn’t seem to be at all perturbed by my presence.

After my busy day in the garden the orchard looked much better.

I don’t like weeding but it must be done.  I will put down a thick layer of mulch now and hopefully deter most of the weeds.

Underneath all the weeds the soil was lovely and moist with plenty of big fat worms.  The pea-type weed must have been putting something good into the ground.  I know that the couch doesn’t put anything good into it.