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Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 00:21

We found that no chemicals really helped on their own, had a huge and very persistent ivy in my better half's old garden, and we ended up removing as much Ivy as possible, then taking a saw to the stub of root left behind and just kept damaging it & putting the chemical on it then. I'd wished we had had an axe! Took 3 goes over a few months, but it finally died. They are very hard to kill and it takes some time.  Good luck!

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:15

I never found that with chilli pepper, used to sit in the soil quite nicely, even after rain. Potent stuff, didn't need too much!


No leaves on my Cherry Blossom

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 13:29

All I know is that cherry trees shouldn't be pruned until mid summer because you have to wait until all new growth has matured - one of the few tree's that do not appreciate being pruned at other times. Waiting to do mine at the mo as have a few low branches on my young tree that need to be removed.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 21:27

Barry, it's not just them drinking it, they need to lick themselves clean. Takes very little to kill a cat in a very cruel way.  Even at my most frustrated I could never, ever be cruel to an animal - any animal.

Chilli pepper worked (works for squirrels too) & coffee - go to starbucks and ask them to give used coffee grounds. Best solution we had was to adopt our own cat!  Someone badly needed a new home for it, although a dog was more my thing. When we got our cat, we found he uses a disused church behind our house for a toilet, and strangely just one neighbour. When they finally told me, I cleared it all up, apologised tons and got them an electronic scarer - he never went in there again.

You can also get special spikes that you nail to the top of a garden fence, this really does work with many cats. Amazon sell them and they are reasonably priced. Those things are sharp and will not rot unlike carpet grippers.

Phillippa, please don't believe all the hype about cats killing everything. There was an excellent TV doco about the secret life of cats where it tracked cats for a while. The amount killed by cats was much less than previous thought. It was put down to the fact that cats are so well fed now.  I am not saying they are a saint, but I do not like the fact that cat's get such a bad rep over this when we humans are much much worse over the destruction to our wildlife.

And I write this from more of a level-head rather than a mad cat lady!  Honest '-)

overgrown garden HELP PLEASE

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:58


I agree with others, there's a lot of work to be done - enlist some help!!  I would suggest tho only to design a garden that you'd be happy to maintain after the BBQ! If you are not a natural gardener, yet want to make the place more cheerful for entertaining, I'd personally just tidy up, pull out the weeds, dig it over and then perhaps just get yourself a few pots and fill with flowers  (places like wilco's sell cheap terracotta pots) Apart from the sheer amount of work, it can get expensive very quickly when designing a garden from scratch, especially in a rush, it would be a shame to do all that & pay lots just to lose interest later.

Best of luck with it all!

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:23

I bought wilko's last year but must've been unlucky, it tore immediately & buckled under the weight!  I find the plastic greenhouses are cheap and cheerful, but pretty much have to buy a new one each year.

I am a big fan of them to because it's perfect for my tiny garden. They do seem to protect any seedlings from late frosts but I do cover them with fleece too, just in case on very cold nights. The only negatives that I can think of, other than making sure it's secure, is that slugs and snails like going in and the plant soil can go moudly if the door isn't opened every day as they do get humid.  Oh - and my cat likes to sleep on the top shelf!

Enjoy growing


Strawberry plants

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:28

Are you over watering? Strawberries like a dry bottom, not soggy (don't we all!).  The roots need a soil that drains well.

My new garden...suggestions appreciated.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 09:32

The soil you can improve by adding Biodegradable mulches, like compost, manure etc. The fact that the leaves from the tree were left to rot is quite good You can add fertilisers too once your plants are established to help them out in sandy soil.

Cuprinol paint is quite good for covering fences, and it should cover your dark fences ok. Be careful it doesn't seep through to the other side tho and annoy any new neighbours! The alternative to that is to put up your own fence in front of your existing fence then you can paint without worries.

And thinking of little cottage style flowers, well, there's daffodils for the Spring, lily of the valley, Jacob's Ladder, forget me nots, tho these flowers can take over quite quickly so need to keep an eye on them! Anemones, cyclamen, Viola, pansies and Cowslip Primrose to name a few! You can also google some shrubs that like low-light and come up with some gorgeous flowers!

Good luck with the tree and I hope you enjoy your new garden!

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 00:28

Thanks Artjak for the info

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 13:44

Thankyou so very much for all of your replies, I really do appreciate it so much!

And yes, I think I will have to reconsider the colour of the stones, grins. Such a shame, but your experiences are what I needed to hear!!  My neighbour with her stones (was her old house) isn't a keen gardener and pretty lazy with it, so I wondered if no upkeep made hers worse. She buys a ton of plants every Spring and thoughout the summer and then never waters them, something I can't understand! I can't bear to see gorgeous plants keep snuffing it.

Top tips tho even with other coloured stones, keeping wellies and bags on borders. Thanks.

I would love the white marble stone pebbles, but they are double the price. I did wonder if they'd fare better, but sadly cannot afford them at the mo, not with having to do all the rest of the garden (new fences, lowering, lowering manhole, french drains etc!).  I do want some sort of lose stone/chippings rather than paving slabs tho as we've got to think of the damp problems. Sadly we are in a Victorian terrace and both gardens each side are also laid too high, so we will be taking on their water too when we lower ours in a few weeks and need it to go somewhere. I've been onto the council (each side of us are council properties) and they've agreed to sort out one side that is causing us kitchen damp, sometime in the future. Ooh, look a flying pink pig! Grins.

Anyway, thanks again, am off to rethink and look at other types/colours of stone! x

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