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Help with strimming please

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 23:37

The best advice I could give is to just take a little in one cutting motion and on the return skim the cut area to clear the debris.  At 8" high and wet it will be heavy going for an electric strimmer.

If you are going to do it regularly when its wet and over grown I'd recommend investing in a petrol one.

Eradicating Horsetail Grass

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 23:11

I have a similar problem at my new allotment. I put down weed control fabric where my brassicas are and it lifted it up 15"!!

After lots of research on professional landscape/horticulture forums the general consensus for eradication is a product called Kurtail,, but at £30+ a pop it bloody should be!!

There are a few videos on youtube showing the results and I will be clearing my plot early this year to let the offender run wild before applying.

So watch this place for the results and I may even post some pictures of before and after.

Lawn help required

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:46

If I was you I would buy some weedkiller, rent a turf cutter and rotavator.

  • Spray and wait till it has died back
  • Lift the old turf and stack for using as compost/top dressing
  • Rotavate it all and level then reseed.

You are just at the right time of year to start, but I would choose the correct seed for what you plan to use your lawn for.

Good luck!!


petrol strimmers

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 22:56

I use a Stihl Kombi which is excellent and I would highly recommend, but use the green oil.

I did have a Ryobi which did the job, but the vibrations were really bad and when it had any problems not one garden machinery repairer would touch it.

If weight is an issue both Stihl and Husqvarna do battery powered machines, but I have no experience of them

spring onion seeds

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:13

I had similar problem this year.  Direct sowings some in the garden and the allotment and nothing.

I've put it down to a bad batch and I will try again next year but will try them in modules to get them going first


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:57

Try to catch Beechgrove Garden on BBC Scotland (Sky Channel 951) on Wednesday at 7,.30pm or BBC 2 England early Sunday morning.  Jim McColl will be going through your very question

Lawn Care Query

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:46

Have a look on or 

To my knowledge it was always best to use individual treatments depending on what the lawn requires.

New Shed Advice

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:53

Hi All,

As per my previous post I have now planted my Hornbeam hedge and they are starting to bud nicely.

My attention has now turned to treating myself to a new shed. but I have a few questions.

I previously had a dog run in the corner and the area is paved over but the slabs are not 100% level.  Will this be a major issue?

What's everyone opinions on pent versus apex roofs?

Obviously I need to get in to maintain it, so how far away should I site it from my new hedge.

Many thanks

Hornbeam Hedging Question

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 22:39

Hi all,

I am planning to put a Hornbeam hedge round the perimeter of my back garden as it is against an old fence I want it to grow about 8 feet high to give me some privacy.  The ground is very heavy wet clay so I think this species is the best option.

My big question is should I plant a single row or a double staggered row?

Last Years Seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 22:54

Thanks very much for the replies folks.

I'm pleased I asked as I will save a few quid this year, so my veg will taste even better!!

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