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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Battery Powered Lawn Mowers

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 16:58

There have been several mentions of 'lawns', 'medium lawns', 'really large lawns', a small area of rough grass and 'an orchard'. I've only used tiny mains electric mowers, so I've nothing to add that helps the OP, but perhaps some actual areas would help him/ her to decide.

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 06:51


I had a customer with a pre-formed pond. The garden used to get waterlogged most winters - standing water all over the lower part of the lawn where the pond was located - and the problem was exactly as you fear. The pond floated 100 - 150mm up out of the lawn when the water table was high and of course never really settled back properly into the excavation in summer, so the edge of the pond looked ugly and the surrounding slabs didn't look great.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:14

Used to have them in the garden when I was still at school (way back!). Super little birds.

New Lawnmower

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:47

Claws, do you need a roller? I've only had a couple of customers who wanted a roller finish: one supplied the mower and I turned down the other job. (And if you're going for a good roller, they're heavy (do you need to lift it into your vehicle?) and they compact certain soils. If you're going to be mowing long wet grass (why?) you need an engine with a lot of power. If you're not careful you'll be buying a mower for the customers and not making a profit out of it.

Great looking secateurs

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:30

It sounds as if they would be of limited use to a professional gardener.

Needing some assistance in this big project!

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:12

As a PS to what Buttercup says you must only dispose of it in an approved way - either by burning or at a proper disposal site. Not in the wheelie bin or composting facility.

There's plenty of guidance on the web or from your local Council.

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:05

If it's Epilobium it's probably montanum or lanceolatum. The sparse teeth on the edge of the leaves suggest the latter, but that tends to be a south of England/|Wales plant. 

Great looking secateurs

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:37

Can anyone say how they would find these useful?

Needing some assistance in this big project!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:28

Firstly, if you have Japanese Knotweed it's really the responsibility of the landlord to eradicate it as it will spread into the adjoining gardens, force its way up through paths and possibly damage buildings. He has a legal duty to do something about it - probably getting an approved contractor in would be the best thing.

Old Apple tree will not fruit

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:21

Sorry Jacquie, but I think you're wasting your time, money and passion on this tree. Nothing lives forever and this one does sound as if it would be better used as firewood. Have fun replacing it with two or three new trees.

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