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plug making gadget

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:56

or you could have a go at making your own...

Ground elder! Advise urgently needed!! Help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:05

i feel your pain... my whole garden was covered in it when i moved in, and tall enough to hide the cats and most of the collie! i'm bordered by it on three sides and it's endemic to the area so it's never going to be gone completely.

i was reluctant to use chemicals but with the amount i'd got there wasn't really another choice, on the worst offending areas i sprayed it out and then covered with weed membrane and gravel just so i had at least one spot the dreaded stuff wasn't growing and had somewhere to put some pots to brighten the place up.

4 years on and i've pretty much pushed it back as far as it can go, i keep on top of it by spot treating and weeding  the bits that come up in the borders and where i can't get rid of it i make sure i dead head it so it can't spread any seeds.


Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:21

the mail love to whip up a bit of hysteria... i'm surprised the compost does not also contain hordes of east europeans and is wearing a naquib.


Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:54

my local 'sells everything shop' has it in stock but i got mine on the interwebs.

i suppose as i'm still in the ground clearance and sucker eradication part of my garden plan i don't have to worry to much about it getting near anything else at the moment.


Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 13:21

would SBK (stump and brushwood killer by vitax) do the job?

it's formulated not to kill grass and i've used it quite sucsessfully on my false accacia suckers (and the ever present ground elder) that comes up through my grass.

Problem Hedge

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 17:43

i've been reducing both the height and width of my privet in the back yard (was about 18ft long and about 11 ft high and about 5 ft wide) i'd recommend a pruning saw as well as loppers and shears, as some of the stems in my hedge were way too big for the loppers to get through and too tangled and crowded to use the bow saw effectivley.

you will make a massive amount of waste, so it's worth thinking about how you're going to dispose of it... i contemplated hiring a chipper and making my own chippings to use as a mulch somewhere else in the garden but in the end i decided to chop and stack the larger pieces for use in the woodburner in our camper van and bagged up the twiggy, leafy bits for the council to collect.

there was no way i was going to get it done in one go, so i divided it up into seperate jobs: tackle a 6 foot stretch at a time, do the width one weekend and the height the weekend after etc.... othewerwise i knew i' was going to put too much strain on my dodgy shoulders and lower back, as well as have a mountain of waste to deal with in one go. (once you get to 10 bags or over it stops being fun and you stuggle to find somewhere to stack them until recycling day!)

it's only a big job if you try and get the whole thing done in one go, divide the job into managable sections and it's not so daunting.








Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:40

if you give the dogs a spot in the garden where they can go and relieve themselves, and reward them when they use it with treats and lots of praise, they should soon get the hang of going where you want them to and leave the rest of your garden alone.


Damaged lawn from animal activity

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:09

my dogs (23and 37 kg's) like to run and dig, and kick up big clods of grass after having a pee... the old dog used to think it was amusing to pluck clumps of grass out and shake them,  so without dividing the garden into mine and theirs, i was always on a loosing battle and the amount of mud tracked into the house was just getting silly last winter.

in desperation i eventually did a bit of a garden re-design. i put a stock fence around my lawn area and funneled the dogs up a brick pathway towards their part of the garden (which helps get the mud off their paws before they get to the back door.)

i also put a couple of gates in, so i can keep them off the lawn when they're out there unsupervised, but open both up if i'm out there working in the garden or entertaining... yes, we still have an uneven lawn... but we're gradually filling in the hollows, furrows and tunnels with soil and seed, and they are improving now they are not being constantly being vandalised my stock fence  it wouldn't win any design awards, but it was cheap and effective and  but now i know it works i can save up for nicer fencing or possibly plant a hedge.

watering and diluting pee patches seems to work well for me, and i used to be a two bitch household so there was plenty of potential for scorching, the most damage seems to be when we have visiting dogs and they all engage in a peeing competition. like shelly t, i wish it was as effective on the weeds as it is on the grass!

the dogs seem to be a bit more respectful of the lawn these days when they are on it, they no longer dig on my side, although they will occasionally drag a log down to chew on while having a sunbathe, they're getting the idea that hooliganism is to be kept to their own side of the fence.





A Ground Elder problem

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:08

i've got the same problem, only i have neighbours on both sides who don't do gardening, and ground elder is endemic to our area, so getting rid of it for good is probably never going to be an option. (i've considered asking both sides if they want help, but have a feeling that once i do, i'll be expected to keep on doing it and i really can't afford to be gardening for free for all and sundry!)

when i moved in i had a whole garden covered in the horrid stuff, i've now managed to push it back to the 'wild' area at the back of my garden and use a combination of rooting it out and spraying. where it comes up in the lawn i've used sbk, as it doesn't seem to damage the grass, but keeps on top of the ground elder, borage, nettles and brambles.

on the worst area by the house i gave up trying to keep it clear and instead used weed membrane and gravels to create a patio type area where i keep my potted plants. occasionally i get a bit of ground elder popping it's leaves up but a bit of glyphosate painted on seems to do the trick and i've even felt brave enough to start planting up through holes cut into the membrane.

any suggestions for tall trees

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:33

we have false accacia's in our garden, (robinia pseudoacacia) and while they do grow quickly, they are a nightmare for suckers and are quite invasive. not one to reccomend unless you can get a dwarfy variety.

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