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Swifts in decline

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:39

I thought that as Swifts are now back I'd bump this thread back to the top. The project is gaining a lot of interest around the country and there will almost certainly be something going on where you live; the co-ordinating organisations mentioned above are the best sources of information and encouragement to do some Swift work.

Anything you can do, any records or information on nest sites will be much appreciated. A few records will be much better than none at all, so don't feel you have to cover the whole district. Be a bit careful taking notes and looking at house roofs through binoculars though - they're quite close to bedroom windows!


Dealing with garden waste

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:32

Welcome Doogie,

Everyone has pretty much said it all. All I would add is that every garden, even the smallest, needs a work area. In tiny gardens this can be a square metre; in large ones such as yours it will be substantial. It's like having a utility room in your garden. Plan now for informal screening if you don't want this space to be too visible. But it can be one of the most satisfying parts of the garden.

strim and mowing order

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:24

I've always strimmed first, for the reasons that Verdun gives.

peat b muppet ruining forum

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:34

How do you manage to look so good at 7.24?

To go or not to go ?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:23

It doesn't look right for snowberry. Any chance of a close-up of the leaf? Has it flowered?

Advice on bulbs, please

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:19

These do look like Spanish Bluebells, which are a nuisance as they cross-breed with our much more elegant native ones to produce hybrids which are fertile. If you are anywhere near a bluebell wood (2 miles) I would suggest digging them out and getting rid of them in such a way that they can't regrow. This may take a couple of years. If you're not near a bluebell wood I would suggest the same thing! Many bluebell woods now have intermediate populations, which is a great shame. They're very invasive - I had to deal with a garden that was overrun with them. Don't give them away in a mistaken act of charity.

Weeds vs Slabs (pics inside)

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:00

I'm with Ceres and Dave on this. By weedkilling you'll buy yourself time while you start to form ideas about what you wish to do with the garden in the longer term. If you lift the slabs you'll have a mess and a lot of work which you may not have the time for at this stage.

I.D Tree please !

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 16:36

Looks like a Kilmarnock willow and probably won't get any bigger even if it's alive.

Planting bulbs in December

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 05:33


What treatment for new Pergola?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 16:36

Actually Tetley, you need an answer from someone who had a pergola installed 20 years ago!

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