emma lou

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Hand grass cutter

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:58

We have got a waist height stone wall with grass on it. It is only a foot wide so is not wide enough for a mower and the strimmer makes an awful mess on the driveway and takes hours to sweep . Hand cutting with shears it is not an option as the wall is 80 feet long. Can anyone recommend a hand grass cutter which just cuts through without the mess and works well on tough long grass? Many thanks in advance.

Please Recommend a Liquid Slug Killer

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:51

How about using cheap Tesco beer in a yoghurt pot as suggested or salt around the plants. Salt works really well! They both work a treat and with the beer the slugs die happy 

Dead fir

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 05:38

Oh Ok, do they replant OK? I know they are sods to dig up.

Last edited: 29 May 2016 05:38:32

Dead fir

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:38

Yes thought as much. I am not sure we will get the roots out though. Especially with the iris' nearby. If we chopped it back and used it as a bird table would we get problems with offshoots? Thanks.

Dead fir

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:30

Sorry...forgot to add photo!

Dead fir

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:22

We have this fir in our garden. It has been gradually dying over the past year and we are now at the point where we will need to chop it down. It is draining the nutrients out of the soil. The roots are quite solid in the ground and to make matters worse there are some iris next to it so the soil is root bound from both. If we trim or chop it right back to a said height is it likely to recover? We have a problem with caterpillars eating a small hedging in the garden and have pruned that back and it is growing again. Just an idea anyway before we go hell for leather chopping it down. Shame as it creates some good privacy!

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 12:03

Oh ! Will they keep OK until next year? Thank you

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 11:48

I have ordered some Tumbling Tom seeds online and all 10 seeds arrived!!!! I am a little late sowing them and whilst the pack does not have instructions I think I need to be planting these directly into a basket now, is that right? I only have 10 precious seeds so want to do it right! thanks in advance.

Issues with petrol strimmer

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 18:23

Our carburetor needed replacing on ours today. It was probably because we didn't empty the old fuel last season. We also changed the fuel lines as a matter of course.

Last edited: 14 May 2016 18:23:39

New wild flower garden

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 16:38
Dave Morgan says:

Hi Emma, wildflower areas aren't an easy option for any garden. I've done quite a few now for clients and the work involved is similar to that in preparing ground for a lawn. Wildflowers as ladybird has said need sun and mostly open ground to do well. Under trees isn't a really suitable area. Some of these mixes in GC's won't contain wildflowers which would suit that situation anyway and to be honest they aren't that good either. Decent seed suppliers have better mixes which obviously cost more but the results are better in my opinion. Much of what grows in woodland is quite specific in terms of conditions. If I were you I'd be inclined to get a list of the sort of woodland plants you want and then go for either potted or plug plants and do it that way. That way you get half decent plants that are far more likely to establish and multiply on their own. Yes the initial cost would be higher but in the long term it would be an investment, as once established it would require little or no maintenance.

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 Thanks all. I think the points raised are right. So plug plants and maybe bulbs?

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