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worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:22

Verdon the frementodendron has to be the worst ever ever ever! Only had to prune one once and my skin was sore and itching for days. Its like the hairs on some cacti but it gets into places that they never would  2nd worse job...mowing. Try and avoid doing it find it soooo boring.

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:04

Unfortunately not Patty. Not classed as a notifiable weed just have to dispose of it properly. 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:01

...."It spreads through its crown, rhizome (underground stem) and stem segments, rather than its seeds. The weed can grow a metre in a month and can cause heave below concrete and tarmac, coming up through the resulting cracks and damaging buildings and roads. Studies have shown that a 1cm section of rhizome can produce a new plant in 10 days. Rhizome segments can remain dormant in soil for twenty years before producing new plants.".....

...."Environmental Protection Act 1990
Japanese Knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ and as such must be disposed of safely at a licensed landfill site according to the Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991. Soil containing rhizome material can be regarded as contaminated and, if taken off a site, must be disposed of at a suitably licensed landfill site and buried to a depth of at least 5 m."..... 

Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:50

They look amazing don't they. Planted one 15 years ago that was little more than a foot high. Is now a good 20

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:39

And Gail how close is it to your neighbours house? MIght help if you told them that if it gets into their foundations they will have serious problems. 

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:37

Just a little comment here...If you do cut it it does have to be disposed of in the proper manner or you can be fined. Also anything you chop that hits the ground will try and grow again.

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:30

Gosh grandma that sounds like a major bodgit! I had an aquaintance who was a carpenter. I asked him if he knew any local fencers and he reccomended his son. He was a brilliant carpenter so trusted him. Bought the furniture for a gate I wanted to put in and to replace on an existing double gate and called said son to come and do fence. He turned up over an hour later than he said he would, took 3 days to do what I thought was a pretty quick job. Luckily gave me and invoice didn't ask for payment straight away and left. Within a week 2 of the fence panels had fallen down. I could not open the newly installed gate and he had put the furniture on the existing gate upside down!!!!!! Refused to pay a penny. Went down the road where I had seen someone had a new fence up. Rang their man who came and laughed an awful lot at what had been done, ripped it all up and started again!   

Sick roses

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:19

Any chance of pictures Mandeli? Sounds like a deficiency in the soil. What soil do you have...chalky, sandy, clay? Does not sound like any kind of disease. Try digging in some nice composted manure around them and see what happens.

unwanted grass

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:08

Old carpet will work but make sure it is synthetic as the grass will come through rotting wool carpets. Will take quite a while to go using that method. Hope you are not in too much of a hurry.

Rasied bed walkway problem

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 17:06

Instead of weed membrane use driveway membrane. It won't get through that!

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