Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

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!

Professional lawn mowers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 21:24

You need to get very quickly to the point of convincing them that a replacement at their expense rather than a repair is the only answer. I used one of these for 12 years with no problem.

New Lawnmower

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 16:59

You certainly have to balance servicing costs against the cost of a new machine every now and then.

Community Woodland

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:43

It really is a pity that this community group didn't have the courtesy and common sense to engage with the local community - you and your neighbours - before they set off on this scheme. So many of these initiatives are ill-conceived and so much time and money is wasted doing things that nature will do naturally. The climax vegetation of much of this country is woodland. Do these people think they're going to replicate an ancient woodland by your back fence? Have they analysed their aims and objectives? If it's wildlife enhancement, your bird-table suggests that they have achieved that target already. If it's to look nice, they should have a serious think about who it's to look nice for. On 5 acres they have plenty of space to create a buffer zone 30m wide of native shrubs near your house. Shrubs might generally be a better wildlife solution than trees over much of the site. What is on the site at present? Who does the land belong to?

I'm not as sure as Dave is about the benefits to your property value either. It depends what the present use of the land is: if there's currently no access or little public use you could find that this will all change and you have a continuous parade of people and dogs just on the other side of your garden fence. Your garden will also ultimately suffer shading from tall trees, which is not to everyone's taste.

You need to have a serious word with this group and whoever is involved with them - funders, Council - and insist on looking at the plans and the brief. Things can then be amended before they get out of hand. It's not a 'community woodland' if the most affected parts of the community are not allowed to be involved.

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