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Yesterday at 21:07
What size is the lawn, m2? I do a hundred different lawns each fortnight and have worked on several hundred more over the years.
Yesterday at 17:35
Why do people think lawns are low maintenance??See original post
They really are. It's much easier to maintain 100m2 of lawn than 100m2 mixed gravel/shrub bed/patio or whatever. A 10 min cut every 2-3 weeks. Job done. No weeding.
Yesterday at 14:15
A pro. gardener said to me, not to worry about it, as the Ivy would have it down soon, but I do fear for the day it tumbles!See original post
I suspect this pro is not quite the pro you think!
2 days ago at 21:27
As for the lawn - both quotes seem excessive.See original post
How do you know? What area in m2 is being laid? What is the subsoil like? Access? Any drainage concerns?
2 days ago at 20:55
Personally I think grass is one of the easiest areas to maintain in a garden. Real, living grass, with clover and dandelions. I'd focus on tidying things up, weedkill all that horrible stuff in April, get a strimmer 2 weeks later and strim it all down and rake up. Sort the grass that's there, tidy the edges/borders and don't go OTT on a garden you're not going to be present to enjoy after spending thousands.
18 Jan 2018 22:14
What's the full scope of the work to be done?
15 Jan 2018 22:53
There are a few garden spades posting replies to this discussion!!!
OP... 1800 isn't extortionate but you could get a slightly lower quote. I agree with the etchasketch reset button in your case. Getting a gardener in to mess around for weeks on end will just frustrate you.
What's the quote breakdown? How much for waste away?
15 Jan 2018 22:44
Another student wanting us to do their work for them.See original post
It's called research.
15 Jan 2018 22:44
A usable turf cutter. Everything on the market is hard work to use!
14 Jan 2018 22:02
Tailored specific insurance usyally costs a lot more. And as with all insurances, policies are designed to line the pockets of the insurer.
Have you tried simple business? My renewal just came in at £80, includes chainsaw work and provides 5M PL.
14 Jan 2018 09:00
Getting PL insurance is straight forward. What specific problem are you having? What aspect of work can't you get cover for?
12 Jan 2018 23:09
I'd be tempted by buxus, yew, laurel or beech
11 Jan 2018 20:50
First thing I would do is make sure I've got a good wide commercial mower to keep the grass under control as effortlessly as possible or you'll be spending all your free time just cutting that! A 42" scag or ferris type machine would give a nice wildlife friendly cut, leaving the cuttings on the lawn. Maybe do a formally-cut area with a bagged machine near the house for sitting on and playing in.
10 Jan 2018 16:29
Would you go for bare root Yew, or pots? Bare roots at 2-3ft obvious come in a lot cheaper.
10 Jan 2018 16:22
Excellent thanks for the input. I'll price up smaller plants and go from there. One thing is that the hedge is to be planted against a 4ft high brick wall, that runs directly N-S, but other than missing a little morning sun the hedge should be fine as it'll get enough sunlight the rest of the time.
Waiting for a hedge to grow is worse than watching paint dry! I planted a bare root mixed species hedge along the front last year and willing it on to give us some much needed privacy.
10 Jan 2018 14:03
Looking to plant a narrow hedge, 5m long to grow to about 2.5m high and I'm wondering what would be the best to choose? Thuja Plicata or Taxus Baccata?
I'll be buying potted plants at 6ft high. Thuja is cheaper, needs to be planted closer, but works out around £220 for this hedge (8 plants). Taxus Baccata looks like it can be planted wider apart (1m vs 60cm) so I'll need less plants, but it's still more expensive at about £300 for 5.
This is just a narrow screening hedge that's required. I have no problem with 2x trimming a year. I believe they can both be cut into brown wood and regrow, which to me means they should make a good narrow hedge.
Are there any obvious plus points for one vs the other at all?
Last edited: 10 January 2018 14:04:28
09 Jan 2018 22:47
They'll cut through any plant life. You need a fence.
02 Jan 2018 21:19
I would leave the cutti g to the person taking them. Maybe you can offer to help dig them out
30 Dec 2017 13:42
Agree, not now. The grass won't incorporate the new soil into the turf zone quickly enough and may leave it sat in muddy puddles smothering the grass below.
23 Dec 2017 22:13
Wheelcraft bike shop at the edge of the campsie hills in dunbartonshire has a coffee on the go at all times. The shop is an absolute gem, you'll be standing amidst a sea of hubs and spokes listening to big Al crack joke after joke. The coffee is nice proper bean stuff too.