Duncan Blackwell

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Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:27
How do I add a picture?

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:12
Fairygirl, your guess is as good as mine. It was sent through the post from some Internet nature site. It was literally a stick about 1ft long. I just dropped it into a piece of dirt by my shed and 2 years later it's nearly 8ft tall and still climbing, I have to move it next weekend though.

Birch Tree losing leaves in July

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:01
Just hijacking this thread as it's about birches.

I have in my garden a tree which I thought was a COPPER birch. Talking to a garden centre today they said they don't exist. Problem is, where I work, the industrial estate has silver birch and copper birches all the way down.

The bark is gorgeous copper colours and is exactly the same as the silver birch

Can anyone shed any light on this? It's only been planted in my garden for 2 years so I can't really give any decent info on it.

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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:18
The neighbours on the other side have nothing to do with them either. When I caught next door throwing rubbish on my property, they admitted throwing it on the other neighbours property too.

Must have been dragged up from the gutter.

I have been told that there is a limit of 3 incidents where a ball or toy can be returned as being acceptable. Any more than 3 incidents in a 12 month period is classed as a deliberate act. I'm still trying to find a solicitor that knows for sure.

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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:58
Just found this on eBay 221377249562
Sorry couldn't make a link as I'm on my mobile. But I think this looks the part

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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:59
Loads of replies, nice

The houses are both private, next door has a son aged 6 that's a little sh1t. The fence is next doors property, it's standard 6ft panels on top of a 2.5ft wall.

I do happen to have a roll of 4ft high green mesh fencing. I was only just thinking about using that at 2 heights to stop them coming through. I've found some quality fence stakes on eBay for the right price so I think that is definatley the way to go.

Many thanks people

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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 04:36
Thanks for the replies people.
Neighbours 100% won't listen to reason, I have told them about throwing the toys over but all I get is "he's a child, you can't stop him playing in the garden". I wouldn't mind but when they break the greenhouse windows (polycarbonate) all I hear is "it's a toy, it can't do any damage!!".

A few people have mention the Rosa Rugosa

I also forgot to mention that the fence blew down due to the concrete posts falling apart. That's caused more aggro because they think it's my fault as I DIDNT STAIN THEIR FENCE. I could have wet myself laughing, all these year and I never realised that staining a wooden fence will stop concrete from ageing.

They have made it clear that I cannot have any plants that TOUCH their fence, so I may have to erect some type of screening my side for the plants to touch.

These lovely people threw cigarette ends over their fence into my garden (my family doesn't smoke) and torched the shed which I had to rebuild, no offer of help or money or even to clean up the cigarettes. I also have these lovely people emptying their rubbish onto my driveway, caught on my CCTV, the local authorities did warn them over that.

If I hadn't got cats I'd be getting a huge scrap yard guard dog

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 21:02

You could always go a little wild with a very long drill bit, drill as much of the stump as you can, it will help it rot away a lot quicker.

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Posted: 20/02/2014 at 20:59

Hello everyone, I'm new here so sorry if this has already been covered.


I have a shed that's 8ft square, the right hand side and rear of the shed is an 18in gap before next doors fence. Next door have a habit of lifting up their fence panels and just entering my garden whenever they like to collect their kids toys, I have a greenhouse which has been damaged with balls and other toys from next door and they couldn't care less.


I want to plant something to the side and behind my shed that is going to stop/hurt them. I have looked on various plant sites for inspiration, and all I get is conflicting information.


Can someone suggest anything I can plant? I have some Pyrocantha fire thorn which is going in different locations in the garden. I was looking at gorse, holly, hazel, laurel. some sites say these are all fine in the shade, other sites say that shade is not good.


Any help is greatly received



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