Posted: 16/05/2013 at 23:26
Hi FatTony, it's very good advice above. It's tough coping with your own stuff and helping your mum when you can & as you say you have more important things to cope with. It may well be less time consuming if you try to keep up to date, doing a little and more often. If you mum lives locally it's easier than if she lives further away, but tough nonetheless. OK so I know this is a gardening site but - weedkiller the lot, polythene/weed proof membrane will help as above and then could you use (said very quietly) artificial turf? It will remain green and will be nicer to look at for your mum & you could then plant up a pot with something colourful for your mum to look at. Does Help the aged or other local charities have any ideas to help you? A local college that does horticultural courses, may have a student that would like to have a project, The loppers and gloves are great, but don't forget to cover yourself too, decent footwear, long trousers and long sleeved shirt. (sorry if that sounds patronising its not meant to be) I tend to think of brambles as natures barbed wire, so beware - with growth that long especially I always wear glasses when I'm gardening and a hat with a brim. Tetanus jab? You may well have rats moving through there, so gloves are essential to protect youself from weils disease, but you may also have hedgehogs there too. Do you have any friends of family to help your mum? Good luck. Would like to know how you get on.