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Posted: 31/01/2013 at 17:36

thanks for the response, Joe - I did admit to being "dangerous" ref the elastic loop..........& no nozzle with the fuel can (I must have lost it).  I have to empty the grass box far too often, perhaps because I can't always manage to mow when the grass is dry & the chute/boox seem to clog up faster than I'd like.  The Hayter is, as you say, rather low and I don't find it nearly as good as the Atco, which was a rotary with a roller.  Lasted for 27 years & eventually they couldn't get spare parts for it.  The ground/soil here is very light, so compaction not much of a problem really & I spend so much time repairing rabbit damage that the Atco's roller was very useful.  Ref edges - maybe a retractable wider front wheel would work?   I used to have a battery driven lawn edger which was quite heavy - you rolled/dragged it along.  Worked a treat - but it disappeared some time ago - house move I think, when some stuff was accidentally left behind.


I know what you mean about swearing............... my garden's far from immaculate - rabbits & dogs to thank for that!


Posted: 31/01/2013 at 11:11

I don't mind about mowers making a noise!  However, what I'd like would be as follows:-

easy to attach/detach the battery charger plug. (mine has electric/key as well as "pull" start facility)

fuel tank designed so that it was easy to refill from the normal type of plastic fuel containers.

grass box easy to detach from the mower with one hand.

mulch facility (which mine already has)

some means of using the mower to trim lawn edges - additional blade which could be engaged as required, maybe? - plus I find it quite difficult to mow close/parallel to lawn eges without the machine (Hayter) falling off into the flower beds because the wheels are rather narrow & there's no rear roller.  Wider front wheels would help a bit, I suppose.

grass chute which didn't clog up when the grass is damp.

rear rollers + some weight - not just because of "lawn stripes" but also because it would help keep the lawn surface more level and even.  Problems arise in my garden because of mole tunnels, rabbit latrines etc.  My old Atco used to deal with this really well, but the Hayter doesn't.


squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 08:38

Perhaps you didn't notice that I did say there's a public footpath crossing my land!  I've no objection that - but the people who come after the rabbits don't stay on the footpath......... and I want to know they are there and are taking rabbits, because I don't want the risk of any sort of accident to other animals/people, which is what apparently happened to an acquaintance of someone else who's posted on this thread.

I use the local field footpaths myself, but have asked permission from the owner of the adjoining estate for access to the woodland treebelt where I now often take my dogs for a walk.  There's a "no trespassing" notice + text indicating it's private property & I wouldn't go there without having asked them.

You might not have noticed either that in an earlier post I said that if the chap in question had been a better shot, he'd have got away with it.  I read a report about the case too, and got the clear impression that the man was reported by his neighbours who appeared to be in dispute with him anyway. I still don't understand why you seem so concerned about people trying to get rid of squirrels.  They are classed as vermin.  Would you mind about it if they weren't a "cute little animal with a furry tail" - i.e. a rat?  I'd hoped to make it clear that I'm against cruelty of any sort, and in the case of rats and squirrels, traps might be a better way of dealing with them.  However, a rat trap is designed to kill a rat but a squirrel trap takes them alive so that they have to be "despatched"  by other means.  In my own opinion, a good marksman is probably a better solution in that the squirrel probably won't know what's coming, and doesn't have to spend some time in a cage first.


Posted: 25/01/2013 at 19:29

I have two "issues" with my current mower (a Hayter) and wish I'd tried it out for myself before buying it. 

1.  It's electric (key) start as well as having a pull-cord,  and I find it really difficult to connect the tiny 2-pin plug from the charger to the mini-"socket" on the machine itself, and it's just as difficult to separate them once the battery's charged. 

2.  The grass box is extremely awkward to detach from the mower.

I gather that these days the motors are designed to cut out for safety's sake when you take both hands off the controls.  However, it's impossible to detach and empty the grass box with one hand!  I've had to resort to being dangerous (!) and wind a stretchy cord between the handles/controls to keep the motor going, otherwise I'd have to re-start the wretched thing every five minutes.

Best type of bird feeder for a city garden?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 17:57

Do you have any sort of outside space/yard/garden or do you have a "balcony flat" or similar? If so, you'd probably be able to use the feeders you already have.  Some birds  (blackbirds for instance) are ground feeders, so prefer to take stuff from that level but will venture on to a bird table if it's big enough.The chances are you'll get pigeons too! 

I think it's a mistake to site feeders right in the open, away from places where birds can perch whilst waiting their turn, as it were, and they need to feel safe from predators as well - so if you have any large shrubs it would be a good idea to site any feeders fairly close to that sort of shelter for them.  I think you can still get a feeder which can be fixed  to a window pane, via a suction pad or two, and these are fine for the smaller agile perching/climbing birds such as blue tits etc.

Perhaps  you could take a look at another thread on this board about feeding suet etc to birds, as you'd probably find the info and suggestions useful.


Fork Handles

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:16

Hi Jo!

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:14

Just to reinforce my argument ref readily available food for willdlife - the foxes round here seem to leave the rabbits alone, if the increase in numbers these past few years  is anything to go by.  Easier targets are the chickens & other poultry which are now housed on the land adjoining mine.  I often find part-carcases in the hedgerows & lanes, so it's clearly far less effort for the fox to get into the poultry runs, or catch the birds which escape, than it is for them to catch rabbits.


p.s. forgot to put in previous thread that I don't think you need a licence for an air rifle, which is what I think was used in the case in question. 

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:06

Just to clarify - people "have a right" to shoot things in this country, provided they have the appropriate gun licence, and the landowner's permission. In the case initially discussed on this board, I think the person wasn't in what you'd call a "public place" - it was his garden, I believe.    In fact, not many areas are actually "public places" - though you might be forgiven for thinking that, given that people feel free to roam through the countryside at will.


For example, although there is a public footpath which crosses the field at the back of my house, I do get a bit cross when/if people come along to take rabbits etc without asking my permission first.  Wildlife knows no boundaries and wild creatures are what you might call "opportunists" and will frequent places where food is easily and readily accessible, hence the huge increase in the numbers or "urban" foxes.  The same applies to squirrels - and rats, come to that - so don't be surprised if you see them in your garden!  All welcome to come after the rabbits here - but please ask me first!

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 18:31

You've just forgotten to "un-tick" the box!  Now....I might have an excuse for having a forgettery these days,

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:02

ref rats - try your local council first & see if they'll do it FOC.

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