Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

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.

Precious site.

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 20:46

I guess the problem is that sites become over-run by trolls and hosts get fed up with trying to keep things under control.

Back garden privacy

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 20:40

The original post seemed to suggest that it was the neighbour's fenceline, so obviously the neighbour could please herself, but a warning would have been nice. I don't think you can really talk about loss of house value when any plant is really only temporary. One should always have this sort of situation in mind when buying a house: could I afford to make good if the neighbours, either existing or new ones, choose to make major changes? It's the job of all of us to get on as best we can with the neighbours, but we can't expect them to run their gardens for our benefit.

I think when you've got over the shock, you'll find that a fence and some strategic planting will sort the job out.

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!).

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