Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Problems with GW website

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 20:19

Peanuts, things can't be that bad - I'm sheltering from Call the Midwife.

deliberate or not

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:33

I'm inclined to agree with nin and Welshonion regarding the species you've used. If you were to sell up in a couple of years your neighbour might be faced with someone in your house who didn't care if these leylandii grew to 50ft rather than 5, and then she or her successors in that house would have a big problem.

Particularly as you are in a rural location, why not go for a mix of native shrubs and exotics that don't misbehave? They can be easily manged and don't need to be neat. Plant well back from the fenceline so that you've got room to get round to the back of it for maintenance. Make the actual legal boundary a simple post and wire fence (with mesh to keep your dogs in) but good quality posts which only need to be a metre high. Agree the boundary with the neighbour, both verbally and by letter, to avoid controversy later.

cat deterent

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:29

bekkie, you must get yourself a bird ID book - Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are very different.

deliberate or not

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:24

The most you could do, and only very innocently, would be to ask the father if he knows anything about plants, and could he tell you what he thinks is wrong with the trees. Beyond that I think you have no chance of finding out whether it's his fault or yours without taking some plant material for analysis; it would be cheaper to replant (and see what happens!).

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 13:56

40 yards of either retaining wall or sheet piling, if it was to achieve anything, would cost a lot. Is the bank actually yours or the farmer's? I suspect you may be worrying too much about stability if it's been the way it is for 40 years. His cows are probably indoors for the winter just now, but no doubt they'll be interested in what you get up to!

Just plant it to make it look nice.

Moving roses

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 06:34

Will the new owners be expecting these roses to be there when they move in? You should have an agreement with them - after all, they are buying the garden as well as the house.

deliberate or not

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:07


Do you happen to know if your neighbour's dad reads this forum?

Conifers and Holly

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:13

How much of your garden would you be prepared to sacrifice in order to plant a new hedge on your side of the existing one?

Allotment Hedging

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 08:58

What are these allotment authorities thinking of? They seem to come up with petty rules to justify their existence.

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 14:11

Claire, as Forester implies, it's helpful if people on the surrounding plots are doing their bit as well; otherwise it'll keep coming back onto yours.

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