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Gate Posts

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:14

If the posts you're fixing the gates to are a decent weight, you can just attach the gates to them and not through to the brick itself. Depends on the weight and size of your gates etc, but a shorter, heavier weight screw is better than a longer one for fixing hinges of any kind.

A very good joiner told me that years ago when he re hung all the doors in my first flat 


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:10

Morning Dove. I'll nip down and do them - could have done them this morning for you - been awake since 5am...

More tea needed.

Any other dodos out there?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:42


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:40

That would be nice Lesley...don't have one that shifts gravel though, so I'll have to rely on my aching bones and muscles...and a shovel...

Off to have something to eat now. Have a good evening all - especially all those who are partying- I don't have the energy or inclination for that any more!

Any other dodos out there?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:16


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:15

Mine has lovely new plump red shoots showing too - it'll slow down as the winter comes in.  I was moving some things around today and lots of the pots with daffs, crocus and tulips have shoots poking through. Last year was the same with the mild winter. Everything will gradually settle though 

Any other dodos out there?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:10

I once went to dig out a lovely dark clematis when I was moving into last house. We had put it in temporarily for selling the house we were in. Missed the bit I wanted to slice into and shoved the spade right through it. It didn't survive

Do 'footballs' usually re grow then Verd.... 


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:06

In now and having a cuppa. That robin gets a strop on if I don't come inside to let him get his tea  

Lots more turf dug out for the paths and membrane and base gravel laid . I have 2 tonnes of gravel coming next Friday so I need to be prepared for all the shovelling...

Also took down the ash tree that was growing at the back corner of the garden behind the shed. Wasn't very big, about 12 feet, but wasn't in a great place - it's pushing out into the edge of  the pavement. 

Glad you got the pooter organised KEF 


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 11:02

Chopping at concrete with a spade is never a good idea RB...

Chopping at tree roots isn't great for wrists either...I speak from experience...


Hawthorn hedge in the winter

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:53

If you can stick in a few other whips of something like beech or hornbeam, they will complement the hawthorn but they retain their foliage over winter which might help. The hawthorn will be well rejuvenated if you cut it back hard, which will thicken it up as nut says, and that will help enormously when the foliage drops.  Some screens of trellis and climbers a few feet in front of the hedge will add privacy in summer when you might need it a bit more. They don't have to be wide or completely solid. We did a similar thing at last house as the conservatory - and patio next to it - were quite exposed. There was a basic 'screen' of posts and poles so we added trellis to the middle of these sections and planted ivy on them. It didn't interfere with our views but just gave a bit more privacy when we were outside. 

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