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

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 09:45

Thank you Gemma   I do try to be and I do see both sides - I love cats and have had many of them (and have also seen many killed on the roads) - however I do feel that I should be free not to plunge my hands into carnivore excrement in my own garden if that is my choice.

I think that sometimes a bit of  'he who is not for us is against us ' creeps in and that's a shame.


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 09:30

Good morning KEF and everyone I've missed

I've just cancelled Friday's dental appointment - I won't be able to breathe with someone's hands in my mouth!  I've made it for 3 weeks' time - should be ok???


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:17

Morning Verdun   that's going to look fabulous - I don't know hocus pocus but I've googled it - so pretty - shame it likes moist soil - it would look good in an area I'm going to start on soon, but it gets very dry in the summer - ash tree roots so close to the surface  

Identify tree and pruning advice

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:12

I love plants for shade - we also have large trees and a high boundary - sadly it's a fence rather than an ancient stone wall.

How wonderful to live next door to a castle - if you want any digging done maybe you could get Time Team in

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:56
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

done, even though I'm too young.

BTW, can you tell me where I can buy a lawnmower for " under £30"?

Hosta   perhaps that's the one they're designing

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

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:44

I'm not upset

Polite and reasoned debate is fine

Identify tree and pruning advice

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:40

Hi Woodworm

I don't think it's a larch as they lose their leaves in the winter.  I'm not good on varieties of evergreens etc, but someone on here will recognise it I'm sure.

I wouldn't prune it - pruning trees tends to encourage growth - there's an old gardening saying "Growth follows the knife".    Also at the moment it's an elegant shape which any  pruning would destroy, and it provides a lovely focal point in your garden, accentuating the sweep of the driveway.  One day it will no longer be there and you'll really miss its input to the structure of the garden.

At the moment I'd keep a watching brief, checking how much it grows over the next few years - then you can work out and plan when it will be time to fell it - in the meantime you can plan the evolution of the garden and how you will replace such a significant contribution to the garden.

I'm very envious of that lovely wall by the way

First house, first garden, new gardener!! help/advice needed!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:27

That tree will be far too large for the area - another 10 years growth and it'll be huge and a real liability. Far better to take it down now before it's going to be really expensive or before it blows down in a gale (the gardens there are terraced and if that tree is uprooted by the wind the terrace may have to be built back up again and a retaining wall rebuilt which would be expensive).  

The garden won't be overlooked as it's on a hill and the houses behind are lower down (look at the photo).

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

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 07:16

Gillian - I didn't start the thread, I was responding to your post.  Your post was the first one on this thread for a while.

Me - upset???  Most people here know I'm the most phlegmatic of characters. I've not let off any steam - just stated my case as you've stated yours

I have a dream that one day cat owners will take proper responsiblility for their pets and care for them safely so that they don't get run over in the road or foul my garden ........ but dreams seldom come true ......... meanwhile we chase our neighbours' cats out of our back garden and save their lives when their distraught owners bring them to our front door as they're choking on a chicken bone


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:56

Oooh, dangerous Yvie - glad I stayed in bed a bit longer - I've still got to find homes for the ones I've got

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