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Take care where you put the mouse traps

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 11:01

Also avoid loose netting over soft fruit.

levelling the garden

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 10:34

As far as I can tell, there's a big gap in legislation for neighbouring terrace gardens - I'm allowed to (but haven't) make their garden unstable by digging right up to it, without even telling them, so long as it doesn't break the party wall rules for building's foundations.

I don't think it's a matter of legislation so much as that they could sue you for making their garden unstable and it would be up to a court to decide whether your actions were unreasonable/dangerous.


 But, as soon as I build a retaining wall to get the job done correctly, then I will need to inform them, and they can object

If you do any work that affects their property (for instance by interrupting the drainage) they have every right to object. Your idea of 'correctly' might not be the best one!

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:46


I'm not telling him/her what to do, simply putting the other side of the matter. This pond wouldn't be any more 'unused' than any other pond.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:40

A pond that's covered with a grill will simply smell....baaaad!  

You make them removable for cleaning.

Terrible Garden, Low Budget

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:10


The post I put on yesterday has not appeared (we had a power-cut just as I pressed the key). Patsy and others are right. For me nothing short of complete clearance would do, so get some mates round with picks, a crowbar, bowsaw, spades and loppers and an old axe and offer them as much tea and food as they can manage, with a beer at the end, and set them to work on digging out all the stumps, including the remaining tree, which will outgrow the space very quickly.

Then you will have a blank space to develop, and things will seem much better.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 15:54

Lyn, it's generally not good practice to transfer stuff from pond to pond; there are a number of invasive weeds that people have introduced into their ponds and these would be spread by transfer. There are also diseases of frogs which could be spread.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 13:59


I would ask you to please re-think your plan. Frogs - which are part of the web of wildlife in our country - are threatened by loss of habitat everywhere, and it's a shame that an established habitat, however it originated, should join the long list of sites which are destroyed on a whim. Just think that maybe your children will like frogs - most kids do - and maybe if you join in with them at a frog-related event at your local wildlife centre (wildlife trust, RSPB, ranger service, etc) you may gradually lose your detestation.

The benefits of frogs in gardens have been mentioned above. As to the safety aspects, I have installed grids on ponds and they work well. You may need to do a little cleaning and landscaping of your pond - you make it sound like a brick tank, but I'm sure it's better than that.

Give froggies a chance!

Quick poll for my project

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 13:38

I would Imagine that, for most people, anything you designed would have a cost that was disproportionate to the number of times it would be used, and it would be another thing to store and maintain. Your local handyman/gardener could call in and shift pots around twice a year for a very small cost.

Quick poll for my project

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 16:26

Link not working.

Professional lawn mowers

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 10:56

Are you sure they didn't say 56cm? 56" is enormous!

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