Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

praying mantis in my lime tree

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 10:24

It might have been imported with the tree - did you buy it this year?

Poisoned trees

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 10:21

Nevertheless, Assad, if this was a deliberate act it is criminal damage. I'm sure tests could be carried out on the trees and/or the soil. If no-one else has access to this part of your garden and the tests were positive it would appear that it was indeed your neighbour's action. This would then look like one of those cases where the neighbour thinks theirs is the only valid opinion, and if they win this one they'll expect to impose themselves on you in the future.

Alan, the question of what happens in the garden if Assad moves house is not his problem. No-one wants neighbour disputes but the quickest way to have one is to not be assertive.

I think I would plant new trees and have a chat with the neighbour about how the trees had mysteriously died and you were replacing them so you could have a 6-ft hedge. You might get some interesting body language.

Make sure you plant the new trees well back from the boundary so that you can get round to the other side to maintain it.

Makes you Wonder!

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 10:03

KEF, you've got thinner skin than an onion!

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 06:46

Tootles, I think your scepticism about the cost of the visit from Green Thumb is because you're ignoring the cost of paying these guys a wage, paying to buy and run a van with a tank of diesel, paying insurance premiums, paying for dead time on the road between jobs, etc.

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 11:42

The answer to Victoria Sponge's problem is, to be a bit blunt, that if you're complaining about broken tools you are blaming them for your own shortcomings, which might come under several headings:

You aren't assessing the job properly - you can't do hard work with inadequate implements. That's why they don't attach car wheels with a 1mm Allen key. Digging out 25-kilo lumps of clay needs a big tool.

You're impatient, so you don't swap the tool you've got in your hand for one that will actually be more suitable.

You're buying cheap and expecting quality - nothing more to say.

Your technique is all wrong.

You aren't up to the job and you need to hire someone that is.

You're trying to do something that is completely impracticable.

Rowan Tree problems

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:52

Rowans can look a bit tatty very early in the autumn. If trees have been a bit stressed from lack of water (it's been a dry summer) they'll shut down unnecessary functions.

Lavender bush

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 07:31

Or you could start again with a new plant.

Creating a Wildflower meadow garden.

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:06

Commercial seed mixes are not always appropriate to the type of site and soil that you've got. I had a bit to do with a wildflower meadow which was sown by contractors and in two seasons almost none of the seeded plants were left, because the mix was intended for light soil and this ground was clay. I replanted the area using plugs and things are now looking up. 

So have a think about appropriate plants and be prepared for a surprise/shock. Generally wildflower meadows are cut right down and raked off in late summer to reduce the fertility.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:58

Finished in someone's garden yesterday with cat sh..poo on my boots and all over my ladder. Same again the day before. So I'm giving up on those two gardens because I can't stand the smell and the cleaning up. Neither of the owners has a cat, so it's tough on them, but I'm putting myself first.

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:36

Unless there's a good reason not to I'd plant in September.

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