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Posted: 31/03/2014 at 07:11

You can use it as a pond liner.

Overgrown Ivy on House

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 06:57

Disturbing nesting birds is a criminal offence. Can you wait until August? There's no guarantee that your ivy will remain variegated and I suggest you will spend a lot of time keeping it under control. Perhaps think about something less demanding,

Brush Removal

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 06:53

Just check whether there is anything worth keeping. There may be some decent small trees in there.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:38

What are the trees, Jim?

Moving magnolia

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:49

Where your septique is concerned it's best not to argue with the guys from the authority and why would you want to? Just move the magnolia when it's dormant - it may work and it may not. If you delay, as suggested, it is less likely to work. And would you rather have the septique not working?

A test for those with rhodo knowledge

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:43

Hi Mike. I have to disagree with you about the wonder of Rhododendron ponticum. There are hundreds of other Rhododendron species and thousands of cultivars from all sorts of crosses. Most of these have much more polite habits than R. ponticum, which is a major pest in woodlands, moorlands, NT estates, nature reserves and gardens all over the UK. It deserves every bit of its bad reputation.

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:31

Builders merchants are a good source of good strong plastic sheet.

Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:24

I think that when we move into a new house the temptation is to adopt the garden the previous owners have left us. Then after a few months or years we wish we'd got stuck in to the job of changing things a bit sooner! Clearly we should retain things of real value or that are quirkily interesting, but equally there are other features which are bad and can only get worse. I don't think that the fruit trees you have inherited owe you anything; trying to reshape them to encourage fruiting will take a long time to work, if it succeeds at all. By then your new fruit trees will be cropping merrily.

I think the other posters are suggesting that there may be a lot in your new garden which is not worth preserving, and it may be worth going for a radical approach. For instance, will any fruit trees you plant be heavily shaded and therefore not do very well? And if you start to tidy and plant up the garden and then decide to get rid of these large fruit trees and leylandiis, will your work get trashed in the process? As Steve says, removal of large trees and stumps can be a little disruptive. I think your good-sized garden could look twice as big if you let the light in.

raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:03

Quite so, Dove. But you've got to have an eye on other people's children too. Common sense should do the trick and everyone will have a great experience.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:59

There have been a lot of studies of Magpies hiding food for later use. They seem to have an accurate long-term memory for where they left it. They also nick other birds' hidden food.

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