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Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Electricity Pole

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:40

Angela, you have a problem which I'm afraid you will not be able to solve. The electricity companies will remove any vegetation growing up an electricity pole no matter what it is, for safety reasons. All you can do is create a screen in front of it with some trees, but they have to be far enough away as to not interfere with the live wires.

Golden Bamboo advice

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:46

They can grow to nearly 5 metres and spread up to 2 metres, so eventually you'll need very big pots, usually weighted with a very heavy base as wind can topple them easily in small pots. To be honest they aren't plants for a novice gardener. If the conditions are right they can grow very quickly and that can mean trying to repot a huge plant, which isn't easy at all.

white mouse

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 10:58

That's an albino because it's a wood mouse! Pet mice are longer in the body and the ears are different.

weeds weeds and more weeds

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:51

Get a brush cutter Allan.  Petrol one, and plenty of petrol. The only way to do it really, even in Bulgaria they will have them. It's the only way to tackle large overgrown area's, or hire someone in to do it for you. Overgrown area's need clearing in the first instance and you can decide what you want after that.

Pheasants attack the plums

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:37

Pheasants aren't particularly bright birds so scaring them can be a challenge. They run rather than fly as they are heavy birds. Many of the normal things we do like CD's strung up don't mean a lot to a pheasant. A dog will shift them so will a cat, but cats usually catch pheasants with relative ease. Loud noise is a deterent but even then a pheasant will hunker down hoping to hide. So netting is really the only option, but even then some will get caught up in it. You obviously live in the country, so ask the game keeper who put the birds down for advice. He'll know his birds and how to keep them away.

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:51

Try Aldi, their fresh stuff last far longer than any of the big supermarkets and keep them at the right temperature when you get home. The big 4 sell fresh stuff that's normally at the point where it has to be eaten within days, that's why they can call it fresh. The fact the consumer want's to keep it a few more days isn't their problem as far as they are concerned, they just want it off the shelf as quickly as possible. Aldi and Lidle have different different buying and selling strategies which is why their stuff lasts longer.

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:40

If it is sold as 10ft x8ft it has to be that size regardless of the preservative. You have the right to reject the goods as they are not as described and as such not what you were paying for. That's the basis to reject them, the lack of preservative on the inside doesn't really matter that much in law, it just adds to the evidence that the product you bought was not what was supplied. Was it advertised as treated as well, if so that hasn't been done properly so the company that supplied it hasn't got a leg to stand on in law. If you do decide to take it further, photographic evidence to back your claim, both of your shed, and the display models will assist the case.

As for the aggravation, well that's up to you.

Lawn Help!

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:22

Get the right grass seed first, if you go the garden centre and get seed for shaded lawns that will be the start. If you do have physical difficulties then you can sow now, but seeded lawns shouldn't be treated with a weed and feed until they are a year old. Putting down weed killer now won't achieve anything and covering with a membrane won't stop weeds growing back. They just lay dormant underneath. Perfect instant lawns are the stuff of TV shows unless you can afford the top quality turf and can do the ground work first. Seeded lawns take a few years to get right, so patience is the key. If you can manage to level and tread the ground to give a good seed bed, then do it. You will get weeds no matter what you do, so be patient and you can treat the lawn year after next as it's best done in spring. Now is the best time to sow grass seed. Save the money and be patient.

Lawn - next steps

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 23:06

You've done a good job on what you have. I'd mix seed with some sharp sand and compost and start putting it down in the bare area's first, especially that mix as you appear to have made the ground quite uneven where you've got the thatch out. The sharp sand will help fill in the dips. Resow the lawn where the bare patches are and if you have some left over use it to top dress. Water it we'll and keep it moist until you see the seed start too germinate, 10-14 days is about right.


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 17:42

We'll the one that stung isn't a foxglove but the other one probably is. A picture would help. To post one click on the green tree icon above the dialogue box.

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