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Closeboard panels or Lap panels

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:23

I reckon there are a couple of other things worth adding to Geoff's comments -  1) you can put a horizontal board at ground level first & this can then be replaced if & when any rot sets in - cheaper & simpler than replacing the whole close-board bit.....  and 2) I'd suggest is that you consider whether you want the horizontal supports to be visible on your side of the plot - it's usually the "best" side which the neighbours see!

Fences Legal High

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:18

As previous posters have already pointed out, you need to know whose fence it actually is!  Garden boundaries are usually indicated on house plans/deeds etc.  If you look at a site plan there may be T-shaped markers shown on it.  A bit like this: __________T___________.  The owner of the land on which the T shape "sits" (i.e. here it's above the line shown) is responsible for/owns the boundary. It's unlikely that the owner of a garden is responsible for all the boundary fencing, especially if the property is one with neighbouring gardens e.g. a house in a row of similar properties.  It's likely, in that case, that one side and perhaps the rear boundary fence is the responsibility of the owner of the garden - less likely that the garden owner is responsible for all boundaries.


Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 09:02

Hello BW - yes - I did realise that! but it looked as though some posters were under the impression that parent birds would be feeding their young with the contents of garden bird-feeders!  It's always amazed me that swallows, for example, must have to feed a brood of chicks with literally hundreds of thousands of insects in order to get enough "liquid" into their bodies.

I don't think Wintersong need worry too much about young birds needing to learn to fend for themselves - 


Cheers!  Ma - AKA Hypercharleyfarley - the nickname of one of my (now deceased) much-loved whippets.

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 20:20

Not sure whether moulting is the sole reason for the birds' absence.  I think it's more a case of their having to find different sources of food for their offspring - i.e. things which have some moisture content, as opposed to the dried foodstuffs which most of us put out for the birds during the winter months.  I've watched bluetits foraging al day long for tiny green caterpillars in nearby oaktrees - and when I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that it's probably the moisture content of the caterpillars which might be really important for newly hatched chicks.  That got me thinking about when birds actually drink for the first time in their life.  I've no idea!  Does anyone else know?

help with garden shed and bbq area

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 11:01

I reckon that the idea of timber decking was more or less force-fed to us a few years back via one of those  TV "make-over" programmes.  Having seen quite a number of gardens where this has been installed, I've come to the conclusion that - on the whole - it's not a good thing to have.

It might work better in countries where the weather's better/drier, but here in the NW  it can get so slippery in wintertime/wet weather as to be positively dangerous!  If it's not installed properly (i.e. with gaps to allow for expansion) it tends to move a bit, and if you do have the necessary gaps, these allow for all sorts of stuff to fall through them - "lost" jewellery was one example I heard about.  I'm sure it needs far more maintenance than you'd think - and I wonder whether it'd last long anyway.  It does provide shelter for some of the unwanted garden visitors too - and although here in the UK we'd not get a possum living underneath  (as was the case in my D's garden - she lives in the USA) I bet the rats love it.  So - not for me, under any circumstances!

Unidentifed Raptor

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:39

Hi - I think the  "cream and brown speckly thing"  is in fact a buzzard - much more common these days than they were 30 years ago - and is one of the bigger birds of prey.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 10:01

Maybe your lack of success with traps is due to where you placed them.  Mice don't usually run across open spaces but tend to keep to the edges - so I'd suggest you put the traps down on the ground where the side of the shed meets the floor.  I've found that milk chocolate seems to work as a bait, rather than the more conventional idea of using cheese!

Bark mulch

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 21:03

Hi - I think it's an American "thing" - my D lives in the US so I've seen the bark mulch everywhere there too, sometimes in really strong colours.  It does always look tidy!  I wonder whether it's treated in some way so that it repels insects, worms etc - that's what the birds would be looking for I suppose.


Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:53

Hi Frank!  think I might abstain altogether......!  but I did love that Yorkshire garden though - it looked as if it had been there for years & years & years.  Full marks for that from me, but  -  if someone had shown me that bit just as a TV "clip"  -   I'd never have guessed it was from what's called The Chelsea Flower Show.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:44

Hi DK!  You were right!   .......... so, what are the winning lottery numbers going to be this weekend?

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