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Wildlife pond

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:10

The main issue with preformed ponds is getting the shape of the hole right for them, and then getting it level. It can be tricky - and I think it would be difficult in your circumstances because of trying to dig around roots. I've never used a preformed one because of those problems - so much easier to make your own shape!

I'm not sure they would be robust enough to deter bamboo roots either.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 19:37

Gorgeous pix doc. Quite right enjoying the fruits of your labours - rather than just doing the labouring 

Lovely pix too Liri. The lilac is a great photo. Love the allium against the golden foliage. 

Glass panel fencing and railway sleepers

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 19:20

I wouldn't put glass in (safety or otherwise) as a screen without vertical posts and a top/hand rail to attach it to. Asking for trouble....

And then my tree fell down..

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:09

It was probably on the way out anyway KBG - the ivy will simply have colonised it. On the plus side, it made it easier for you to get rid of ..


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:07

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope you can catch up with us all later 

Still no rain here either Joyce - just that thundery oppressive cover that Clari describes. It was the Borders and up the east side/Cairngorms and across to the north west so we got nothing. There were plenty of weather warnings for that side. The Lismore ferry is cancelled due to fog Liri, so I hope your holidaymakers weren't planning anything for today!

No need to rush off Mr M - you can chat anytime you want. We might even get you gardening 

Enjoy your tree talk chicky. I feel a song (Clint Eastwood?) coming on... # I talk to the trees....

Ok perhaps not  

I was lucky not to have an teeth sucking from the builders chicky - I like Mr C's  interpretation Hope it goes smoothly for you Clari -  It's stressful enough even when it goes well.

Better go - catch you all later. Have a good day 

Camera Talk

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 07:58

My BIL hails from Alexandria too steephill. The big grass banks on the roadside through Dumbarton are beautiful in spring because of the daffs too. 

I think you're right about lupins colonising waste ground though. 

Should I create a bed for a hedge?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 07:53

As chicky has said - it depends what you want and what you like. If you can post a couple of pix of your garden to give an idea of where it would be, that would also help. If it's fairly sunny and you have a good climate in general, many people would opt for Lavender. They'll give uniformity but don't have to be clipped like a more formal hedge. Some of the smaller Hebes will also give a similar effect. 

Neighbour selfish Hi there

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 22:11

Hi Peggy. She probably thinks it's causing you a nuisance and is saving you the trouble of maintaining her shrub. Why not go round and have a word with her? I expect she'd be delighted to hear that you love it and are happy to 'share'  

Rite Gutted

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:38

I've just replied on another thread re cat pests and recommended the OP invests in one of those water scarers you attach to your hose. I'm plagued by cats here and I've tried every method known to man, but still get them. I bought one of those last week and it's brilliant. Located it near my bird feeder and pond which is the main route. Already had a few successes. Definitely worth trying. 

Wildlife pond

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:33

The size and depth is fine Starnett. I've had ponds of all sizes and my current one is about half that size! 

A waterfall would be fine in a much bigger pond but in one that small I wouldn't use one. Perhaps you could create a feature elsewhere in your garden if you enjoy moving water. There are loads of good solutions for small water features nowadays.

Re the root problem. I think that's your biggest issue. The bamboo in particular. Without seeing exactly how close they are to your intended site, it's difficult to make a judgement, but you may have to consider lining the pond with concrete. You could try the conventional method of underlay, but adding some extra layers, with a very thick rubberised liner on top, and see how it goes. It might be totally fine 

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