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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 14:22

My garden's almost exactly the same size; the previous owners had done a Groundforce on it: sleepers that prevented drainage, little areas of 'lawn' that were no good for anything, and only one plant worth saving.

How badly do you need a lawn? It looks to me as though it's fatally challenged by shade, clay and too much traffic.



War and Peace

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 15:56

P. salicifolia doesn't grow that big; I'm not sure what this tree is though. I would go for a poplar. Where is W&P filmed?

Where to start...

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 14:08

Good to hear how things are going, Dan. It sounds like progress.

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 17:20

Sorry Grabs, I was talking about large scale overflows much further 'downstream', which come into operation at times of high rainfall. But I was still thinking you could insert a diversion in your gutter downpipe to feed a couple of connected water butts, and leave the hair and toothpaste to go into the sewer. You'll have more than enough water from the roof to feed a small garden.

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:12

The problem is that combined sewer overflows pollute rivers and the sea. Anything anyone can do to use their rainwater will help, so Grabs could divert his downpipe to a water-butt and a soakaway if feasible.

Water butt from combined rain and greywater.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:30

They shouldn't be connected - the rainwater is overloading the domestic drainage system. If every house did this there would be chaos.

What's the best app?

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:17

I have a large blank canvas which I put in the back of the van when I'm taking stuff to the tip.

Out of control...

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:11

Looks like standing it in a sunnier location would help to keep it bushier.

House plant

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:08

Very easy to keep.


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 06:39

I've got a much handier implement than a shovel for shaving.

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