After returning from a week's holiday we initially noticed that the lawn in our small garden had turned a bit yellow. Over the next few days it became apparent that it wasn't only the grass affected. Three lilac trees, half an acer, perennial geraniums and as time goes on-numerous plants have all been obviously sprayed with something that has killed them. We had a similar occurrence last year in our front garden-but to a much smaller extent. This time, I was so upset that we called in the police. Without any evidence on who the culprits were (we have our suspicions) there is nothing that can be done. We are now improving security and erecting higher fences-all at a great cost that we cannot really afford. My question to you all is this-does anyone know of what we can do to find out what has been sprayed and how long it will stay in the ground. Our garden has been extensively wiped out and while at the moment, the fence and security cameras must come first, I know that re-planting and re-laying a lawn(that is two thirds destroyed) will be high on my priority list. I don't want to plant in contaminated soil and I have found it very difficult to find out any relevant information. Environmental health were most unhelpful as it was a "private dispute" and it Is unlikely to be covered on our house insurance. All the plants affected are either dead or dying and I don't want to clear them yet as they are evidence (in the unlikely event that our house insurance comes through).
My garden is my little sanctuary-full of lush, beautiful shrubs and flowers, and I am so cross and upset this has happened.
So-what do I do next?