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Latest posts by blairs

A lovely place to work (the area)

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:55

Where I used to work had lots and lots of manicured Beech hedging and formal planted avenues of trees. Was a pleasure to walk around it. What I did like was the giant Hogweed which grew near the river - it contrasted with everything else. An other invasive but good looking plant.

Lawn treatment

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 11:33

April sounds more sensible to me as well for weed and feed.

I spent several hours yesterday scarifying the lawns, raking up the debris (4 black bags full). Lots of moss this year. I use Westland weed and feed and the lawn did look better for a while last summer but I did have a lot (the 4 bags) of moss and thatch....and I scarify every year.

I'll try another weed and feed this year, see if it is any better and top dressing.

Suggestions for Hiding Ugly Back Fence

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 10:25

I would put in a 4ft wooden fence and cut back the vegetation on the other side to give a view. If you want privacy then I would put in a 6ft fence.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 13:55

Cutting off the ponds water supply would be the first step. If it has a lining then removing that or at least puncturing it would be the second step. Adding more compost would gradually build it up and the wildlife in their would start to leave quite quickly. You can leave the lining if you want a bog style garden of course.

End of the day it is your garden and therefore has to suit you...the wildlife found the pond they will find another.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 10:17

You can grill across the pond: about an inch underneath the water. It looks good and is safe for young kids. As per above, I have lots of frogs and no pond.

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:49

She sounds like she has issues in her life than are being manifested by her behavour to you and the state of her garden. You should therefore not take it personally.

I would put up a solid fence then an evergreen hedge and then forget about her and that garden.

How much is too much?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:30

I disagree with Patsy - you mulch what you do not want to grow. 2 inches of compost and bark and it will struggle to grow if at all. I would remove most of it around the plants you want to grow.

When is a good time to redo a fence?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:54

"it was much Cheaper to get somebody in than buy all the material and do it myself"

That cannot be right as most of the cost of fencing is the labour costs in my experience.

Now is a good time to fix a fence. I would fix a fence immediately regardless of time of year.

small tree or bush

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:25

Photinia red robin is evergreen and can be shaped into a standard shape. Leaves are bright red when new and darken to deep green.

Am also a fan of Portuguese Laurel.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 09:49

kniphofia northiae is a rare evergreen and large red hot poker. eBay should be a source.

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