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Anyone used this mower

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:48

Beds are the wrong shape for a ride on. got the machine I asked about, works really well, even picks up the cuttings when they are wet.

Concrete layer in flower bed area - what can I do?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:46

!2 inches of good soil would be sufficient for most herbaceous things, but probably not shrubs or trees. You might find that they dry out more quickly though, so you would need to keep an eye on that.

Our soil is so contaminated with lime mortar that we have never bothered trying to grow acid loving plants so cannot help on that score.

Anyone used this mower

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 20:44

My lawns are about 1/4 of an acre.

Concrete layer in flower bed area - what can I do?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 17:06

Breaking up concrete with a pickaxe is very hard work. I have done it. If you can try to make a groove along the line where you want to leave the concrete in situ. Hammer and stone chisel would do it, but an angle grinder is better. Then try to get a crow bar under the edge of the bit you wish to break up and then hit the concrete with a sledge hammer. It breaks easier that way. And the groove, cut should stop it going past where you wish to retain it.

Otherwise you are into hiring a pneumatic drill. Donr that too.

Best of luck with it.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 20:43

Alchemilla alpina, erythropoda and faroensis I have grown and whilst they will spread from seed they are not as invasive as mollis.

Another real spreading thug is Allium ostrowskianum which comes in different names, like A. farreri and oreophilum. No matter what the name it is a  SPREADER.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:43

Now Alstromeiria do not survive in our garden, too cold we think.

Another set of plants to plant with caution are any of the perennial Helianthus. They can spread widely if suited.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 12:50

Another seed weed, if allowed is Knautia macedonica and as for Aquilegias.................I have decided that I am removing every plant of this as I can no longer keep up with the weeding. One missed seed head and the place is crawling witrh them again. And before the 'I love them brigade' jump on me, the seedlings are small flowered nondescript wishy washy coloured things.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:30

Forgot another one, Solidago, that also seeds itself everywhere if not cut down.

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:28

Saponaria officinalis is a real thug. and I wish Lysimachia Firecrackere WAS easy to remove. I have been trying to get rid of it from one area for 4 years now, digging it out and putting Weedkiller on every time there is a new leaf showing.

Campanula takesimana is a seed weed of the first order, deasd head it assiduously.

Viburnum Bodnantense. " Dawn".

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:20

And Charles Lamont and Deben flowering too.

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