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Ants in the lawn

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 07:15

Just read all of this thread & it seems the areas that are most affected are lawns. I should be so lucky! I must have a nest, a flaming great nest in the cavity of the one walled section of our conservatory. At this time of year July/August they emerge from under the PVC window ledge onto the patio as mainly flying ants & even appearing from between the patio paving stones. We have a Wilkinsons store nearby & their Ant & Insect Killer (£2) does exactly what it says on the tin. The spray kills 'em on contact, the powder I inject into the air bricks. As for the nest, where would I start to find that? Again, at this time of year, I only have to accidently knock the area of the PVC sill & out they come in their thousands. I also pour boiling water into the paving cracks as they appear. Thank goodness they don't appear in the house, as a precaution when we first encountered this problem outside, I totally sealed the corresponding area in the conservatory. 

Re Positioning

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 16:51

Thanks alot all of you, you have been of great help. Over and out

Re Positioning

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 15:18

I think they are pelagoniums if that means they don't last over winter in the garden. Is that what it means?

Re Positioning

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 13:59

Hiya, can anyone tell a novice gardener if you can move Geraniums in the garden when they have been planted for a few weeks. I have found that were I planted them has been taken over with other shrubs and they are in the shade and hidden. They haven't yet flowered and don't seem to be growing compared to my other Geraniums in other parts of the garden. Thanks.

Serious bird feeder question!

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 06:34

@ Steve.

I had the same problem with tree rats raiding the feeders, so I got two "squirrel proof" feeders. It took app 4 weeks to get the Bullfinches, Blue tits & all & sundry to pluck up courage to go through the bars to get at the seed. Now they queue up & I'm filling the feeders every other day. I've suspended the normal feeders that we have hanging from the trees etc on a very thin wire app 14" long & an inverted plastic plant pot sprayed green about halfway down the wire. To watch the young squirrels trying to get at these feeders is very amusing, leaping from the branches only to slide off the wire onto the very unstable plant pot & plummet to the ground. I've tried trapping & despatching the blighter's with limited success, baiting the trap with peanut butter & having the trip set very finely, but each morning, the bait has gone without the trap being sprung. I've got the best fed field mice around. 

PS The "quote" button isn't working, hence the @ ??


What to do with the lawn @

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 06:03

@Rinus K. Do you have a product name?

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 15:01

Those pics look very much like the visiting card that was on my lawn, hence my post. It too had the "bubbles" among it, but chose not to dissect it to discover what they were. Love to get a definitive answer on this poo.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:56

How long did you have to wait up to catch site of it & at what time was it seen?

Hozelock filter

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:50

Good point. The waterfall is just a by-product of the filtration return. Turning the pumps off is really a no no, because they are oxygenating the water, plus still water at this time of year is a haven for mosquito larvae. The plants that are in situ are marsh marigold, water iris & lily. In the past I've used a treatment similar to Swiss Sue's suggestion, but my main reason for posting was that the pump/filter being an "all in one" may no longer be up to the job, as the pond is now established & was hoping for a better way of filtering the water. 

Thanks for your input.

Hozelock filter

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:07

Hi Swiss Sue, thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it.

@Edd, There's no blanket weed, the water is just very cloudy. To explain it better, when I retrieve the filter/pump to clean it, the disturbance results in lots of sediment swirling around in the water. I've had a section of netting spread across the pond to catch all the leaves over the autumn & winter period, so I don't think the murkyness is caused by that. I'm thinking the Hozelock is no longer up to the job. The water coming from the pumps discharge hose looks clear, but the water itself is far from clear?? 

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