Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

pruning native trees

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:44

Jo47, your neighbour is clearly not a diplomat! But you have to allow him the preference not to have neighbours' plants growing into his garden. Similarly, bad hay-fever can be a dreadful problem - there are certain plants that give me a hard time. Both good examples of how not to approach problems.

Bird ID

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 06:39

I stayed at a hotel in Trouville, near Le Havre, a few years ago. There was a parking area at the rear of the hotel with a few big plane trees. I just managed to find space in a corner of the park. About 10pm 1000+ starlings turned up to roost in the trees with much twittering before they settled, but a beautiful sight - plumage glittering in the streetlights. In the morning the hotelier was out with a bucket and sponge washing an immense amount of poo off all the cars (except mine, which wasn't under the trees).

Swifts in decline

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 06:26

Have a look at to see their diary for this year and other interesting stuff.

Neighbour's roots lifting my driveway?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:24

Councils can be happy to sit on their hands on these matters, so they need a good push in order to see sense.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:20

Please keep an eye out, marc and everyone; it may just be a late year. And do put your records in to the people who need them.

Neighbour's roots lifting my driveway?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 17:23

With due regard to your profession, WillDB, I don't think that all trees are equally valuable, let alone extremely valuable. And Louise B refers to trees in the plural. I'd want to know what these trees are before commenting further on possible solutions.

Neighbour's roots lifting my driveway?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 07:31

In practical terms, so much depends on what species of tree it is. If it's one that will only get bigger and more damaging, then it is clearly inappropriate for the site. That should be your starting point. Trees that will make 40 feet high are clearly not wanted between the front drives of a row of suburban semis.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:50

I certainly think that Swifts are not all that plentiful this year in my area, which is not very encouraging. What does anyone else reckon?

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:18

Last year, in about the second week in June, a customer was fairly insistent that I cut the spriggy growth on a low hedge to 'tidy it up'. She is keen on birds and insisted there were no nests in the hedge. Within a couple of minutes I found myself in a stand-off with a pair of blackbirds who disagreed. They harried me until I stopped, and by that time a few other birds had joined in; I know now how a sparrowhawk feels.

Two things stand out from this: blackbirds are among the largest garden hedge-nesting birds and they hadn't been noticed, and many other species don't make half as much fuss and so you might not realise you are disturbing them.

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:14

Birds are at the height of the nesting season now.

Discussions started by Joe_the_Gardener


Replies: 3    Views: 1098
Last Post: 30/06/2015 at 09:06

Swifts in decline

Replies: 32    Views: 2745
Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 16:43


Replies: 20    Views: 1780
Last Post: 19/09/2014 at 21:05

Useful tool

Replies: 5    Views: 1224
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 12:00


Replies: 12    Views: 1290
Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 14:55

Gardeners World Quiz

Replies: 0    Views: 1211
Last Post: 23/02/2014 at 18:21

Silver birch

Replies: 2    Views: 1099
Last Post: 15/02/2014 at 10:53

Hedging shears

Replies: 1    Views: 1414
Last Post: 04/12/2012 at 15:43


Replies: 1    Views: 1590
Last Post: 14/05/2012 at 20:05
9 threads returned