Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

New fence

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:41

I suggest you might write to him explaining exactly what you're doing and asking if he has any objection and, if so, to put that objection in writing. Say that you're marking the legal boundary in post and wire (needs only to be 2ft or so high) and then building your own fence on your land. Tell him that he is not at liberty to interfere with your new fence in any way, including allowing plants to grow up it. Record the present situation with photos, making sure there are some reference points showing the existing fenceposts and the new wire fence. Leave a couple of feet between the fences so that you can walk between for inspection and maintenance. Keep all this safely in case there is any dispute when either of you sells.

walnut tree

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:19

Yes, go on, get a TPO. A 45ft walnut is a good tree.


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.

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