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Posted: 17/11/2017 at 19:13

And round it off with a barby, eh Lyn?


Posted: 17/11/2017 at 16:12

When I last did this task, (I get a fair amount of moss over time, iron sulphate partially eradicates it) I laid thin clear plastic sheeting over the areas treated, which brought the grass on quicker, but that was in the summer months. So April it is.

Thanks one & all.


Posted: 17/11/2017 at 13:59

Hi Lyn,

Nice to hear from you, albeit in text! The pond has flourished nicely since my last post. Although I no longer have any fish. Can't remember if I mentioned this at the time, but as they were always out of view I passed them over to a friend's pond. Mine is now a wildlife pond (less maintenance) plenty of tadpoles earlier this year & the birds love it as a splash about area, standing on the rocks. Hacked the Marsh Marigold back in October & the fine black mesh is now in place to catch the falling leaves from the nearby trees & the Acer, which is now a fabulous hue of red & orange.

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Posted: 17/11/2017 at 12:03

Hi all,

Not really a problem, but advice required. (unsure which forum to place it) I've just finished scarifying the lawns & can't decide when to scatter new grass seed. I wont be applying any top dressing first, or should I ?

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Posted: 29/07/2017 at 10:49

@ Bobby Spray, Thanks for the link, but their site is down for maintenance & I leave for a holiday today, so I'll try it when I get back.

Thanks for all interest shown in this thread.

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 20:04

Don't know if it's relevant, but directly below the feeder that gets attacked, we have a pretty fair sized tub which weighs a ton & a tall tubular support for the sweet peas. Yesterday morning the entire tub was on its side. It had been windy, but not to that degree. When I'd re-sited it, I tried to rock it back & forth, I could, easily enough, but remember, I'm stood on the deck, an animal would have had no purchase on it to yank it over. The overall height is at least 6' + Now that is weird. 

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 16:16

@ Fairygirl. That is so weird, no, not your feeder, but the material it's made from. I was thinking where to get some mesh of a smaller gauge & rechecked my cabin etc & walking past our 2 plastic greenhouses, same as yours, was my eureka moment. One had the shelves with the mesh too small, the other at 40mm square, perfect. I've prepped them ready to do the job when I get back from some hols that start tomorrow. So I downed tools & came in to check the forum, your post was waiting for me. Spooky or what? 

I'll post up in a couple of weeks time.

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 14:45

Thought I'd show how the other feeders are squirrel proof!!!!! The problem one is in the tree, which is the best place to hang it. I realise the little "darlings" have an excellent launch-pad, but with the extra . cage surround, I'd have thought it would stop 'em getting at the seed. The other two feeders have slightly smaller mesh than the 2" I've used. Gawd knows why I've got a pot one on the trellis??

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 14:19

I have made one that's 2/3 rds up on an upright pole which stops them getting at 2 of the feeders. But I can't do that with the one that's attracting the little bu**ers. @ hostafan1. A .22 would soon get rid & I have been tempted. But it only needs a stray pellet..... Over time I have managed to trap a few & then dispatch 'em, but each year they are back. If they didn't destroy/thieve the seed, I'd ignore 'em, fat chance. 

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Posted: 28/07/2017 at 11:17

Hi all, Squirrels, grey, don't you just love 'em? I have 6 bird feeders in the garden, 5 I've managed to protect from squirrels, the 6th is constantly destroyed by these tree rats. The feeder is the conventional metal type for seed, which I've repaired more times than I care to count. So now I've constructed a 2" square meshed cylinder, with the feeder suspended in the centre of it. The top is enclosed with the same mesh the bottom again the same mesh on a hinge which closes with a strong spring. The feeder has app 6" between that & the constructed cage. So you'd think that would deter them, no chance. The birds hop onto the outer cage, then onto the feeder. So is the mesh, at 2" too large a hole to stop squirrels getting in? Any smaller & the Bullfinches wouldn't get in. The whole assembly is suspender from a branch on 6 core braided wire, which I lower to top up the seed. The wire is smeared with axle grease, but they still destroy the feeder.

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