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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

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

Hello Everyone

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:54

Welcome Tracey

Looking forward to hearing about your gardening

Community Woodland

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:52

As Joe suggests, a buffer zone of native shrubs and rough grass would be fantastic and would provide homes for voles etc and thereby make hunting areas for owls.  There's no point in planting dense woodland right up to an area of housing - you have to have intermediate areas too, to make it a varied and viable habitat - they need to do their homework - if you do the homework you'll be better able to make your case - good luck


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:46

Good morning all   Forum may have been quiet Yvie, but I got a lot of knitting done and answered several questions on University Challenge and Only Connect   Then spent the night coughing  

Son is coming for supper this evening so I'll make a cottage pie and a plum tarte tatin this morning - both will be fine to heat through later so by the time I'm feeling kn*ckered I can sit on the sofa.

Yvie, what's on tv at 4am?  If I'd known there was anything good on I'd have watched it with you rather than staying upstairs coughing and listening to World Service. 

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

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:47

Charlotte, believe it or not there's quite a bit of wildlife (not that sort - well actually there's a bit of that sort as well ) in the Golden Triangle - we lived near to the The Garden House pub and we had frogs and hedgehogs in the garden - so if you renew your garden fencing make sure you leave a little hedgehog gate at the bottom so that hoggies can wander through the gardens at night, eating up your slugs and snails

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

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:04

Hi Charlotte   I'm nearly your neighbour!  We live just outside Norwich now but used to live in the Golden Triangle - your place looks as if you may be in that area?

I agree with Yviestevie - the tree has outgrown that space and needs to go.  You'll have to get an arboriculturist in to fell it to make sure it doesn't drop onto your house or your neighbour's fence or similar - when we moved here we had one come to fell some trees in this garden - it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be.  Make sure you get one with recommendations and public liability insurance

It looks as if some damp may be getting into the shed roof - that shouldn't be too difficult to repair yourselves if one of you is fairly agile and can work from a step ladder and the other one can supervise and hand up tools etc

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