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Billy Goat

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Hot Composting

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 23:11

If you get the right mix and keep it damp you should get to 65 degrees centigrade In an home made wooden composter bin.   Plus it's easier to get into and turn/empty.

The base may be sealed, but I think the vermin would still be lurking about because or the smell.  So I would only put food waste in the wheelie bin.

Lawnmower problem help please

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 20:41

Was it tipped over at any point?   This will cause it to smoke really bad

check the oil on the level and if it's ok just keep running it and it will eventully run ok

Privet Hedge Trimmings

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 23:03

Yes they will compost fine.

As always keep it moist, with a good mixture of green/brown and turn it everytime it cools down

Horse Tail

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:15

Try Kurtail 


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 22:10

I would say grass is one of the best things for hot composting.

The secret is start with a layer of brown twiggy material on the bottom and spray it with water.  Then add a layer about 4" of grass again make sure it's damp and then another layer of browns, paper shreddings etc.  Again sprinkle with water and layer up to get about 1m x1m x 1m high.

At this point I cover it up with an old piece of wet carpet.  If youve got the mix right it will be around 60 degrees within 24hours at the core.  When you take the carpet off it steams.   Monitor the temperature and turn the heap when the temperature drops to around 40 degrees.  You will notice it's a lot dryer.  Build 4" layers again and spray with water to keep it moist, but not soaking and when the heat doesn't build up anymore it's ready.  I put it in a standard heap to cure and use it when I need it next, usually when I'm clearing my veg patch or re mulching flower beds.

A good accelerant to get the heap hotter is fresh horse muck or pee in an old watering can and sprinkle that in the layers as you build it.

Night "mares tail"

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:11

Try getting hold of a weedkiller called "Kurtail". Its expensive but it will clear your problem

Disposal of large garden hedges

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 04:14

I would go with a petrol shredder and an advert on gumtree/ free cycle or ebay for free wood for a stove.

I took down about 25 metres of conifer hedging for and elderly neighbour and got over 3 months of wood for free and loads of free chipping to mix with my grass cuttings for composting.   I used an Eliet Major shredder which took the waste without clogging up that often.  It took a few days but it was worth it 

Flame throwers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:20

I use a Sheen paraffin burner which is heavy of fuel and the back!   You need to run over the fresh weeds then leave for a few days till they go yellow and repeat the process.  They do kill dandelions ground elder etc, but as soon and you rotovate the soil you chop the roots and the battle starts again.  You are better of using chemical weedkiller.  

I have found the best results using mine is on an overgrown allotment.  Give it the "Agent Orange"  treatment then leave for a couple of weeks then attack it with the flame gun, but keep a watering can handy.  I have the heat shield which is meant to protect adjacent plants, but the heat ferocious so there is some damage.   I had planned to use it to keep the rows clear from weeds in my veg plot, but you'd need 2 feet between each row.

One positive is that its great for clearing ice and snow from the path! 

advice on poorly leaf blower needed please

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 18:03

Agree with Edd. Did you run it dry before it was stored for the winter?  Carb may require an ultrasonic cleaning to remove corrosion with is caused be the stale petrol

Fine lawn seed or rye mix??

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 21:40

Could agree more with Verdun.  One thing I would say is to get the best from you lawn is the right mower and that's a cylinder. Keep the blades sharp and mow regularly and you can never aerate it too much.

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