Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Privacy Issue

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:59

Going back to what blairs wrote, there is normally a limit to the height of fence you are allowed to have next to a public footway - check with the Council.

Apart from that, I'm very much with those who suggest shrubs closer to the house, rather than crowding the boundary; it will be more effective, look better and not be a nuisance in the future to passers-by. I think the problem is ultimately that you've bought a house on a street corner and, however hard you try, the solution will only be a compromise, so go for something you can live with.

I find that people aren't as nosey as one might fear, but watch out for the ones carrying step-ladders.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:47


It's entirely possible that you saw a Hen Harrier in Essex. Apart from home-grown birds we do get a fair few winter visiting birds from Europe.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:42

I'm very impressed with the Garden Warbler record, Pansyface. You must be in a very warm part of the country.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:59

Garden Warbler??

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 18:04

They're what Noddy has on his car.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:50


Collared Doves have been on Orkney and Shetland since for 40+ years. They even bred in the Faeroes and Iceland in the early 70s.

Tootles, what are yellow tits?

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:22

Any type of tool has its limitations, at which point you have to move up to the next level, eg. pruning saw or small bow-saw instead of loppers or secateurs.

aerating shoes

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 15:41

Are they any good for aerating lawns?

How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 18:03

One person's 'scruffy woodland' is another's interesting wildlife site. Your idea of a 'dream garden' could be someone else's nightmare. Should that gnarly, broken-down, mis-shapen tree in Sherwood Forest called the Major Oak be cut down and replaced with a nice symmetrical cedar or flowering cherry? After all it's hundreds of years old and looks half dead. Oh, wait a minute, it was voted Britain's tree of the year!

Grapevine pruning advice please

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:55

I'd cut all the spindly shoots growing from your horizontals back to the first bud.

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