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Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:17
Edd wrote (see)

I could mention the bedroom tax and lack of one bedrooms properties but we would just fall out and argue.

Kind Regards


What is wrong with the 'spare bedroom tax'? It has been in operation in private rents for years and it brings publicly provided and subsidised housing into line. Try getting housing benefit for a 3 bedroom private let when you only need 2. There has been too much noise on this subject and little fact. 

Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 17:29

I never knew that either but often wondered!

Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:38

Smaller birds like to hide/sit on branches of near by trees/bushes, scout out the feeding area then eat. So providing planting like that will help. I find crows/magpies like open lawn areas then eat. So moving feeders towards bushes and higher up on branches would exclude them to an extent.

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:58

Amelanchier and Prunus Amanogawa get my vote for small gardens. Both do not steal light or get big.

Acer negunda is a large fast growing tree, certainly not a small garden tree. Pollarding is extreme pruning and I rarely see it done successfully as it tends to ruin the natural look of trees. Have you tried to thin the crown or lift the crown or even a general prune?

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:53

Just put out lots of sticks where soil is bare as Steve has said above. Broken bamboo canes and the like work well. I really do not think that anything else works over time as smells flush away with the rain.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:04

Am guessing bare roots. Have you tried soaking them for an hour then placing in soil with bottom heat? They may look dead but may, may, be OK. It is prefereable if bare roots are kept with some moisture.

japanese style but new to it all help please

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 10:55

Here are some pictures I took of a Japanese style garden in Tallinn (Maakri/Tornimae). It is a similar size to your garden. Key is low growing


plants and careful use of landscaping. Note the use of different size stones to create a landscape of rivers and mountains.


Need tall plants for patio

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:29

Lemon cypress trees do well in pots and grow quickly. Bamboo like Fargesia 'asian wonder' would work well and grow fast inot a thick screen, evergreens like Loquat, Camellia etc will also work.

Failing that, just put up a fence in front of theirs on your side of the boundary. No one likes sitting facing neighbours!

Huge garden hedge

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:46

Evergreen hedges need regular cutting to keep them compact and green. Yours has been left to grow wild and cutting back will mean cutting into wood that will not regrow as Dove has said above. It is worth trying to save it but I have yet to see a hedge reduced to a reasonable size and look good.

Huge garden hedge

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:16

Am not sure if it will take a cut now and look ok. I suspect a replacement hedge is required.

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