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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Tree ideas.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:55

If you go for birch I would suggest making sure they are one of the very narrow varieties. I have some, but have forgotten the name! Katsura makes a very nice subject as well - there's something elegant about it.


Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:02

I'm not sure Luke will go for that option!


Posted: 04/02/2013 at 18:06

No apology necessary Carly! (By the way, she's a teacher, so spends half the weekend on school work, and most of her kids are pre-verbal.) Good luck with the campaign, I'm not against it, but the practicalities and the economy may be. Necessity is usually the mother of invention, so we'll see how things go - if we live long enough.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:18

Muddy Paws,

Perhaps you could suggest that the school starts a walking bus. It's great socially and even one day a week makes a big difference.


Posted: 03/02/2013 at 15:54

I think it's a great ambition, Carly, but it would demand a considerable change of direction from the manufacturers, and they would need to take the public with them if they were not to be left with a warehouse full of unwanted mowers, however well-engineered. 

I bought my daughter an electric mower for about £50 from B&Q to do her little squares of lawn front and back, and I doubt if a push one would be cheaper. And I can cut her privet hedge to perfection in about five minutes with the machine.

She is of a generation that prefers an electric gadget, and she prefers zumba to gardening. I was brought up push-mowing with a Qualcast, but I'm not sure there's any way back.

Trees and shrubs for peat?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:11

Is this area literally a bog, i.e. water table permanently at surface? 

Lawn Trouble

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:08

I'd agree with Geoff.

How short you cut the grass is a separate issue. A lot of damage is caused by scalping lawns; just raise the mower by one notch at first and see the difference, then try another notch.

Talkback: Garden birds in the snow

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:27

What kinds of hedges do your House Sparrows prefer? My observations suggest that beech is particularly popular, followed by other semi-dense deciduous, then hawthorn, with any sort of evergreen a long way down the popularity list.

National DIY chains remove bug killer containing neonicotinoids from sale

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:16

Thanks for the useful list of products, Tim.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:09


The questionnaire doesn't really suit my circumstances, because the only lawns that I mow are other people's, and I use their mowers. It's likely that there are other professional gardeners on this board who might wish to answer, with the benefit of their wider experiences with different machines in different circumstances and with different priorities. Interested?

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